Rimkus: Tiny Warmer Fuel Oil Co. office gone, Symphony Pro Musica cancels performances


Rimkus Hudson Happ'ningsHUDSON – The Warmer Fuel Oil Co. office, a tiny building that owner Gerry Curley called his “Monopoly House,” disappeared from 240 Washington St. earlier this month with the razing of the adjacent Tuck’s Service Station. It was at least 90 years old.

In 1939, Warmer Fuel Oil Co.’s founder, the late Francis “Sid” Walsh, moved the diminutive building across the street from the conjunction of Broad and Washington streets, Curley said. 

His father, the late Gerry Curley, a partner with Walsh, purchased the business in the 1960s. 

The elder Curley, a World War II Army veteran, partnered with his son in the mid-1970s until his retirement in 1988. 

Sole owner since 1988, Gerry Curley remembers working at the adjacent Tuck’s gas station as a high-schooler in the 1970s. 

He said that the storage tanks at the rear of the store, permitted since 1939, were also recently removed. Global Petroleum, new owners of the property, plan to install a new gas station and convenience store.

Rimkus: Tiny Warmer Fuel Oil Co. office gone, Symphony Pro Musica cancels performances
The diminutive Warmer Fuel Oil Co. office, an often unnoticed landmark at 240 Washington St. since the 1930s, was demolished earlier this month with the razing of  the adjacent Tuck’s Service Station. Despite the loss of  the building, owner Gerry Curley said he is currently still in business. (Photo/courtesy Gerry Curley)

Warmer Fuel Oil Co. continues to supply delivery services of heating oil and propane gas. It also provides complete heating system installation and service. Curley said he is still in business “for the foreseeable future.” 

A Hudson native, Curley and his wife, Meg, reside in Marlborough.

Music lovers’ loss

Symphony Pro Musica (SPM) performances scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30 have been canceled. 

Due to pandemic restrictions and the continuing spread of COVID-19, SPM orchestra members and supporters voted at an emergency meeting to postpone the performance of esteemed piano soloist Benjamin Hochman and its accompanying program. They are working on rescheduling. 

“We are optimistic that this will be a temporary pause and that we shall resume our preparation for the March and May concerts,” said Executive Director Mark Ford. 

The next performances are scheduled for March 19 and 20, 2022. 

Rector retires 

Rev. James Codera has retired as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church after serving the parish for over 20 years. 

He continues in his teaching position at Wellesley College. 

Rev. John Olsson is currently serving the church as supply priest. Sunday service continues via Zoom at 10 a.m.  For information go to www.saintlukeshudson.org.

‘Meet the Mill’ March 5

A “Meet the Mill” Winter Market will be held at The Landing at the Hudson Mills at 43 Broad St. on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The public is invited to visit and tour the 50 small- and mid-sized businesses at the Landing, which includes art, wellness and food shops along with the Hudson Historical Museum and others. 

Parking is available at two parking lots on Broad Street and one on Houghton Street.

Soldier spotlight

Hudson native Alexandra Johnson, U.S. Army specialist and member of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division band, is the latest member of its “Soldier Spotlight.”

She is also a member of the N.Y. Army National Guard Honor Guard. 

Spec. Johnson is the daughter of former Hudson residents Paul and Jeannette Johnson of  Ludlow.  

Looking back to 1967

James and Ricky Bilodeau were elected co-captains of  the 1967 Hudson Catholic High School football team.

Residents of Stratton Hill formed a non-partisan political association.

Ralph Houseman was president of Linden Street School PTA.

Richard Hubert reported to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Groton, Conn.

Hudson Police reported that 41 ambulance calls were made in December 1966.

A colored film of  Hudson’s 1966 Centennial Parade was shown at the meeting of Christ the King Holy Name Society.

Hudson’s first New Year’s baby was a son born Jan. 2 to Mr. and Mrs. George Chaisson.

Robert Doane of  Gleasondale was among those attending the GOP Victory Dinner at the Sheraton Plaza in Boston.

A Hudson realtor advertised a 1965 split-level home for $20,500. 

Happy Birthday 

Rimkus: Tiny Warmer Fuel Oil Co. office gone, Symphony Pro Musica cancels performances
Hudson resident Doug Wolfe, pictured with his daughter, Ginny Hamilton, marked his 80th birthday on Jan. 25. A Navy veteran, the Brooklyn native has resided here since 1969. (Submitted photo)

Belated greetings to Hudson resident Douglas “Doug” MacArthur Wolfe, who was 80 on Jan. 25. Wolfe’s father served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, thus the name. A native of Brooklyn, Wolfe is a U.S. Navy veteran. 

Jan. 29 – Marcie Wheeler, Ben Davis and Danielle Wallingford.

Jan. 30 – Janet Wisti, Dave Burney, Derek Mangus and Ania Wolczak.

Jan. 31 – George Anastas, Randy Jusseaume, Dan Borella, Debbie Green, Tom Tedstone, Amber  Rose Cunha, “A.J”  Leandres and Jesse Hayden.

Feb. 1 – Elaine Braga, Priscilla Wood, Tory Bartolini, Kristen Grillo and Elizabeth Battisti.

Feb. 2 – Mary Ann DiCiero, Alicia Sheehan, Ethan Bushey, Cindy Costabile, Cameron Greeno.

Feb. 3 – Sara Chamberlain and MacKenzie Micciche.

Feb. 4 – Bill Rubino.

Feb. 5 – Olivia Filippi and her sister, Sofia, Steve Sacco, Maureen Harrity, Mattingly Fahey and Kristen Kierstead Chaisson.

Feb. 6 – Carmen Giombetti, David Esteves and Sally Deptula.

Feb. 7 – Philip Wilson-Chase, Gina Downey and Julia Scafidi.

Feb. 8 – Trisha Desmond, Joe Palange, Brendan O’Brien and John White.

Feb. 9 – Gavin Capobianco, Zachary Kent, Heather Rockwell, Paul Hester, Jordy Callahan, Laurie De Arcangelis and Claire Szcerbenski.

Feb. 10 – Brady Caramanica, Kevin Carter, Christopher O’Keefe, Pat Chartrand, Loreen Bathazar and John Craig.

Send  local, family, club “Happ’nings” to [email protected] or Rosemary Rimkus,  18 Cottage St., Hudson MA 01749.  

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