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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express their sincerest condolences to the family and friends
 4    of  former  State  Representative  A.T.  "Tom"  McMaster, who
 5    passed away on September 3, 2002; and

 6        WHEREAS, A.T. McMaster was born on  June  21,  1918  near
 7    Oneida,  Illinois to Arthur T. and Hannah R. Eck McMaster; he
 8    married Mary Catherine O'Connor on June 17, 1943, in  Wataga;
 9    and

10        WHEREAS, Representative McMaster attended grade school in
11    Copley  Township,  graduated  from  Oneida  High  School, and
12    attended Knox College; and

13        WHEREAS, Representative McMaster was a farmer  in  Copley
14    Township, Knox County; and

15        WHEREAS,  Representative McMaster was active in State and
16    local politics for 33 years, starting  in  1952  as  township
17    assessor,  and served on the Knox County Board of Supervisors
18    for 10 years, serving as chairman for four years; in 1971, he
19    began the first of eight terms as State representative of the
20    73rd District of the Illinois House  of  Representatives  and
21    was known for his work with land reclamation and strip mines;
22    he retired in 1987; and

23        WHEREAS,  In  November  1999,  State  Representative  Don
24    Moffitt  and  State  Senator  Carl  Hawkinson worked with the
25    Illinois Department of Natural Resources to  rename  Snakeden
26    Hollow Lake after Representative McMaster; and

27        WHEREAS,  Representative  McMaster  was a member of First
28    United Presbyterian Church, the Oneida Masonic Lodge 337, the
29    Knox County Farm Bureau, the former Oneida  Lions  Club,  Phi
30    Delta  Theta  Fraternity,  and the Knox College 50 Year Club;
31    and
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 1        WHEREAS, The passing of Representative A.T. McMaster will
 2    be deeply felt by all who knew and loved him, especially  his
 3    wife,  Catherine  McMaster;  his  sons,  Tom  (wife,  Deanie)
 4    McMaster  and  Jim  McMaster;  his  daughters, Mary (husband,
 5    Barry)  Stein,  Peg  (husband,  Roger)  Wenstrom,  and  Marti
 6    (husband,  David)  Hurst;  his  sister,  Eve  Verg;  his   14
 7    grandchildren;  and  his 4 great-grandchildren; therefore, be
 8    it

10    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
11    all who knew him, the death of  former  State  Representative
12    A.T. "Tom" McMaster of Oneida, Illinois; and be it further

13        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
14    presented to the family of former State  Representative  A.T.
15    McMaster with our sincere condolences.

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