Mourning the death of John W. Hasper, family man, well-respected New York State Assemblyman, and devoted member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 2700


MOURNING the death of John W. Hasper, family man,
well-respected New York State Assemblyman, and
devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are
certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community for their
exemplary contributions and service on behalf of others; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to mourn publicly
those distinguished citizens who demonstrated great courage and
diligence in providing for the care and welfare of the citizens of their
communities and this great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, With feelings of deepest regret, this Legislative Body
records the passing of John W. Hasper, who died on Saturday, January 4,
2020, at the age of 84; and

WHEREAS, John W. Hasper was born on November 6, 1935, to Lillian
(Carter) and Burdette John Hasper in Albany, New York; after his family
moved to Belfast, New York, he attended the local high school; after
graduating, he earned his bachelor's degree in political science from
Colgate University, where he was actively involved in his campus
community; and

WHEREAS, John W. Hasper furthered his education by obtaining his law
degree from Albany University in 1960; during this time, he met and
married his wife, the former Diane Wilson, on July 18, 1959; later, they
moved back to his hometown where they raised four daughters; and

WHEREAS, An industrious and hard-working man, John W. Hasper founded
and served as President of Belfast Realty Development Corporation,
President of Hasper & Dye, Inc. Insurance Company, Vice President of
Walker, Hasper & Dye, and Treasurer of Smith, Hasper & Dye; and

WHEREAS, John W. Hasper also held the title of Treasurer of Genesee
Valley Home Medical Supply, Inc., was a senior member of the American
Association of Real Estate Appraisers, and served on both the Steuben
Allegany Board of Realtors, and the National Board of Ethics ACAA; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his career, John W. Hasper was a devoted and
treasured part of his community, serving in various capacities including
volunteer firefighter, Fire District Commissioner, school board member,
town councilman and supervisor, and the Allegany County Legislature,
where he served as majority leader for nine years, and Chairman of the
Board from 1980-1986; and

WHEREAS, Moreover, he served for two years on the Board of
Supervisors, Vice Chairman of the Regional Planning Board from 1970 to
1982, and President of the Belfast Betterment Association, and was a
member of the Fleet Bank Regional Board and the County Planning Board;

WHEREAS, In 1986, John W. Hasper was elected to the New York State
Assembly, representing the 136th District, and served until 1992; in
this capacity, he was the ranking member on the Local Government
Committee, and served on the Environmental Conservation and
Transportation Committees; and

WHEREAS, John W. Hasper also served in Governor George Pataki's
administration in various roles such as Deputy Secretary of State for
Local Governments and Community Service, Chairman of the Local
Government Innovation Task Force for Working 2000, Inc., and headed six
divisions; and

WHEREAS, After the death of his first wife, John W. Hasper married
Lorraine Vienna, and they retired in Punta Gorda, Florida; and

WHEREAS, John W. Hasper was truly an amazing man, who had many
interests and passions such as hunting, fishing, snow skiing, and
playing golf; above all, he loved to spend time with his family
especially at their Colgate University Alumni Camp on Upper Saranac Lake
in the Adirondacks, and their home in Florida; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his first wife, Diane, one daughter,
Kimberly Ann, and stepdaughter, Cindy, John W. Hasper is survived by his
wife, Lorraine; three daughters, Gretchen (Michael); Jacquelyn
(Stephen), and Jennifer (Steven); 10 grandchildren, Harrison, Carter,
Gracen, Courtney (Ben), Alexander, Hans, Jacques, Samantha, Lincoln and
Owen; four stepdaughters, Cindy (Tony), Christine (Dave), Nancy, and
Nona (James); one stepson, Michael (Janine); eight step-grandchildren,
Natalie, Jacqulyn, Ashley, Stacy, Andrea, Chad, Benjamin, and Alexander;
as well as many relatives, friends, and colleagues who will long cherish
his memory; and

WHEREAS, A man of great compassion and determination, John W.
Hasper's legacy extends far beyond his accomplishments as a successful
public servant; his sincere concern for others; his integrity,
unconditional friendship and selfless motivation to give of himself,
will long stand as a beacon for those who would aspire to service in
their community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of John W. Hasper, family man, well-respected New York
State Assemblyman, and devoted member of his community, recognizing the
significance of his exemplary record of public service; and be it

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of John W. Hasper.


  • 29 / Jan / 2020
  • 04 / Feb / 2020
  • 04 / Feb / 2020

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