Rimkus: Four generations of Precourt family reunite


Rimkus: Four generations of Precourt family reunite

HUDSON – Four generations of the Precourt family gathered at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, South Sudbury recently for a family reunion. Mrs. Helen Precourt, who resided on Packard Street with her family for many years, hosted the event for more than forty family members, including her three sons, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Among those attending were her sons and their families: Retired NASA astronaut Charlie Precourt and his wife Lyne of Ogden, Utah, their three daughters and their husbands; Bryan and Michelle Debbink and children Wesley and Brooklyn of Salt Lake City; Nick and Sarah Dobson and sons Nolan and Grady of Columbus, Ohio; Brice and Aimee Rolston and children Waverly and Steele of Ann Arbor, Mich.; son, Michael Precourt and wife, Kathleen of Sudbury, their daughter, Michaela of New Hampshire and son, Harry of Sudbury; son Dan Precourt and his girlfriend, Maria Zammitti of Grafton. Also included were Helen’s sister, Mary Mahon of Leominster, and eight nieces and nephews and their spouses.

Rimkus: Four generations of Precourt family reunite
Four generations of the family of former longtime Hudson resident Helen Precourt, in center, gathered for a family reunion recently at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, South Sudbury, including her sons, from left: Dan Precourt of Grafton, Charlie Precourt of Ogden, Utah and Michael Precourt of Sudbury, and about forty family members. (Photo/Courtesy)

Mrs. Precourt and family resided in Hudson for about 60 years until she moved to New Horizons, Marlborough, several years ago. She and her husband, Charlie Precourt, were married over 60 years when he passed away in 2014. Precourt ran Precourt Stone Co., an architectural stone cutting firm in Sudbury, founded by his dad in 1911. Precourt’s son, Michael and son, Harry, now manage the 112 year old company. Many will recall that Helen’s son, Charlie Precourt, a NASA Astronaut in the 1990s, made history with four separate space shuttle trips.

“It was a wonderful day!” said Helen, head of the four generation event.

Mackiewicz meets cousins in Italy

Hudson’s “Vic the Barber” Vic Mackiewicz, closes his popular South St. barbershop for a few weeks every year. During this year’s September tour of Italy, he met with 30 second and third cousins, through the efforts of Italian genealogist Stefano Ammirati. In Jelsi, Molise, Italy, a village of about 2,000 people, two hours south-east of Rome, he toured the hometown of his maternal grandmother, Maria Pasquale D’Amico, who came to this country in 1906. (Maria was the mother of Vic’s mother, the late Emma (D’Amico) Falco of Marlborough.)

Rimkus: Four generations of Precourt family reunite
Hudson’s “Vic the Barber,” (Vic Mackewicz), standing, sixth from left, recently met with 30 second and third cousins in Jelsi, Molise, Italy, the hometown of his maternal grandmother, Maria Pasquale D’Amico, who in 1906 emigrated to Marlborough. (Photo/Courtesy)

With some of his new-found relatives he toured the town where his grandmother lived, visited the church she was baptized in and attended, and vowed to return in July 2024 for the local St. Ann festival. Vic said the residents are principally wheat farmers.

“Next year I plan on going there for about three weeks, staying with them to see how they live,” he said.

E-cycle day Nov. 4

Saturday, Nov. 4 is the day, and First United Methodist Church parking lot, Felton St. is the place for recycling those electronic appliances and household items that have been crowding your cellar or garage. Recycling will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with cash or check for determined item. Small appliances are $5, TV’s (18-20”) $20, empty propane tank $15, large appliances (dishwasher, stove) $20. Among free items are keyboards, cell phones and bicycles.

Quilter wins first place

Hudson resident Mrs. Mary McGrath won first place award at Topsfield Fair for her stunning, bed-size quilt in Native American design. Mary is one of the talented quilters at the Hudson Senior Center. Congratulations Mary!

Rimkus: Four generations of Precourt family reunite
Hudson resident Mrs. Mary McGrath displays her bed-size, Native American style quilt, which won first prize at the Topsfield Fair. Mary is one of the talented quilters at Hudson Senior Center. (Photo/Courtesy)

Vet honored

U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan recently presented a pin, certificate and U.S. flag flown at the U.S. Capitol to decorated Vietnam Veteran Warren Richards, to commemorate his service in the Vietnam War. Cong. Trahan said that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill allowing members of Congress to honor all Vietnam vets, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the War. A native of Bolton, Richards resides in Hudson and Florida.

Republicans meet

Hudson resident Jim Gasek, acting chairman of the Hudson Republican Town Committee, will preside at the next meeting of the committee Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Avidia Community Room, Pope St. Gasek said the mission of the Hudson RTC is “to get good, conservative Republicans elected to local, state or federal offices.”


Nov. 4 – Mary Bruso, Marianne Massinger and Jennifer Maglione
Nov. 5 – “Nelly” Ahearn, Pat Irwin, Mary Claire MacMillan, Tammy Robidas and Paul Terranova
Nov. 6 – Rudy Wallingford and Corey Sousa
Nov. 7 – Sarah Ireland, Madison Provencher, Samantha Maglione, Kristin Lauren and Loraine Morais
Nov. 8 – Sara Nadeau, Ryan Yates and Sam Miele
Nov. 9 – Marissa Baker, Steve Lepire, Adam Santos and Bob Bissonnette
Nov. 11 – Karley Searles and Michael Kauffman
Nov. 12 – Sue Veseskis, Susie Norton and Tony Kurgan
Nov. 13 – Ronnie Crowley
Nov. 14 – Jimmy Pierozzi, Stephanie Melo and Al Morel
Nov. 15 – Eric Searles, Debbie Towner, Jeff Dietz, John McClellan and Pat Mulkern
Nov. 16 – Nigel Johnson and Bart Beals
Nov. 17 – Brian Jenkins.


Nov. 11 – Jim and Loraine Morais
Nov. 17 – Bill and Arlene Cabral
(Note: If there is a death or divorce on this list, please inform me.)


Thomas Lynch, John Alera and Joseph Satas were drawn for jury duty. William Collette was appointed Acting Fire Chief by Selectmen. Durand Chevrolet at 246 Main St. offered special deals on all left-over 1973 Chevrolet models.

Ray Lambert, Mike Grasso, Marty Ghiloni, Paul Garcia, Bruce Harris starred in Hudson Catholic football victory over St. Columbkille’s. Among those starring for Hudson High in its football 6-0 victory over Bartlett High were Tom Jacobs, Jack Murphy, Doug Peabody and Mitch LaLonde. Village Realty listed an eight room Colonial house for rent in Hudson for $350 per month.

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