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Democrat IL 17

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  • Honoring the Life and Service of Mel Paris

    by Representative Cheri Bustos

    Posted on 2013-03-12

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    BUSTOS of illinois in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mrs. BUSTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the life of Mel Paris, an American veteran from Illinois, who recently passed away on March 3rd, 2013. Mel was best known as a dedicated community leader, as well as an ardent public servant, and his loss is felt throughout the community.

    Mel was truly a friend and advocate of working men and women across our state, along with those less fortunate. He held several positions throughout his career with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), including President of his local union. Mel also served as a Winnebago County Board member, where he tirelessly worked for the betterment of his community.

    Even after his retirement, he continued a life of service to others. Mel was elected as President of the UAW Rockford Area Building association where he continued to serve the members of the UAW, until his untimely passing. Mel touched everyone he met, and was someone whom you could always turn to with your personal or professional problems.

    Mr. Speaker, I am forever grateful for Mel's contributions as a serviceman and leader in his community, and am deeply saddened by his passing. I offer my sincerest thoughts and prayers to his wife Charlotte, the rest of the Paris family, and the entire Rockford community.


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