Bernie Juskiewicz Wiki
Bernie Juskiewicz, a Republican lawmaker who represented the cities of Cambridge and Waterville at the Vermont House from 2013 to 2018, died Wednesday after being hospitalized with the disease.
Bernie Juskiewicz Early Life & Career
Juskiewicz began his life in Vermont in 1978 after accepting a job at IBM. He served on several local boards of directors, coached youth sports, and was a founding member of the United Way of Lamoille County. During his term in the legislature, he served on the Education and Assignment Committees and was also elected to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, a position he still held.
Bernie Juskiewicz Wife & Children
Juskiewicz leaves his wife, Suzan, three children, and four grandchildren.
Gov. Phil Scott Statement
Gov. Phil Scott has ordered the state flag to fly at half-staff on Monday, April 13, in Juskiewicz’s honor.
“I had the privilege of working with him during his time in the legislature and saw firsthand just how committed he was to his community,” Scott said in a statement. “Although this terrible new disease took Bernie from us, the impact of his service will live on.”
In a statement to Seven Days, fellow UVM trustee Frank Cioffi called Juskiewicz “an absolute gem of a person.”
“He had a gentle nature, an infectious smile, and he always conferred a respectful demeanor with anyone he interacted with,” Cioffi wrote. “Vermont and UVM have lost a truly great Vermonter.”
Juskiewicz’s former colleagues lamented his death on social media Wednesday, recalling him as a highly respected lawmaker whose wit and sense of humor was matched only by his dedication to improving the lives of children.
“His sharp mind, good nature, playful humor and his willingness to place service to the state above all else earned him tremendous respect,” wrote House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero). “His friendship meant a lot to me.”
“He had a deep passion for the young people of Vermont and worked tirelessly to improve both secondary and higher education. And, he was just a great guy,” wrote former House speaker Shap Smith.