BRISTOL BITS: Former Rowley Spring boss was one of the good ones

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:39
Written by Bob Montgomery

I recently asked readers if they had a boss they truly respected and Rob Pierpont emailed me the following:

“You asked today if anyone had a favorite boss. I have to say that the absolute best boss I ever worked for was Terry Hick at Rowley Spring. He could be firm when he had to be, but he never micro managed his people and had a way of bringing out the best from those who worked for him. I hope he’s enjoying his retirement, and his Pontica collection.”

(Reply to Rob: When I was in the second grade I moved into the neighborhood where Terry and his older siblings, Linda and Don, lived. Don and I became instant friends. I also recall their father, Walter, who Terry ended up looking a lot like. Nice family.)


The death of Mike Boguslawski brings the end of life to a Bristol noteable. A graduate of the former St. Anthony’s High School, he first left his mark as an All-State basketball player under the well-known coach and former Bristol mayor Frank Longo. He went on to serve on the City Council and later made a name for himself as a consumer advocate on Connecticut TV.

His sister, Rita, who predeceased him not too long ago, was dedicated to her brother and always updated his life for me before he returned to Bristol when we would cross paths with one another at the Bristol Post Office. They are now together once again.

Maxwell Chase, Brother Leonard Webster

Jane and Lance Chase are grandparents for the first time. Maxwell Chase was born on Monday at Saint Francis Hospital. The other grandparents are Arlene and Patrick Burns and the parents of Maxwell are Andrew and Tricia Chase. I learned of this announcement after Lance had been excused from our Bristol Tramps meeting Monday evening.

Happy birthday today to Leonard Webster, chaplain of the American Legion Post 2.

Roots Island

Root’s Island was once part of the area where Brackett Park is off North Main and Church streets. It got its name from Joel Root, who made clocks in a building on that site. The Root factory manufactured counting mechanisms and later became St. Anthony’s High School. The business moved to Hartford and was the well-known Veeder-Root, Inc. It is now headquartered in Simsbury as the number one supplier of automated tank gauges in the world.

Gerry Murphy

I had lunch with Woody Anderson, Tom Downs, Terry Fletcher, Ed Lorenson and John Smith Tuesday at 150 Central and the topics were informative for me and that included some of the reminiscing. One name brought up was Gerry Murphy, a retired Bristol policeman who now lives in a nearby town. Compliments came Gerry’s way as to his patience and strength while wearing the badge as one of the good guys. I’ve known Gerry for a number of years now, and agree that he is a pleasure to be around.

The former Bristol Theater

I received a message from Lesley Montella informing me that her cousin, Thea Montella, now residing in California, is writing a piece on the former Bristol Theater and was reaching out to me for information on the subject. I will contact her with what I have and am asking readers if they have memories they would like to share with me to forward them to Lesley’s cousin. Contact me as shown below.

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake, which flooded in the 1870s and used as a reservoir for Waterbury factories, was initially a natural lake overgrown with cedars. Long known as Cedar Lake, it had a beaver dam at its south end.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:39. Updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:41.