BRISTOL BITS: Mary Houle remembers her uncle

Published on Friday, 10 September 2021 10:18


Mary Houle, niece of the late General Edward Wozenski of Bristol:

“I was a kid in my early 20s when he passed away, but I remember that he was humble. I had always heard of him referred to as a soldier’s soldier. I didn’t know a lot about his experience; everything I learned I found out through other people.

“He never said much about it, but I knew he was important when one day a military helicopter landed nearby when we were having a family picnic. There was a crisis at the Berlin Wall and they came to pick him up.”

This is a reminder that there will be a dedication ceremony for Brigadier General Edward Wozenski on Memorial Boulevard starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Direct parking will be available on the boulevard.


Beth Lafferty, a member of the Tramps Committee, celebrated yesterday. My older daughter, Jana Lombardo, celebrates today. I won’t share her age, because I feel old enough as it is.

Bob and “Rap”

I was with Bob Freimuth and Dave Raponey recently and enjoyed their commentaries. Apparently, Dave beat out Bob for the starting second baseman spot back in their school days and, of course, “Rap” went on about it “Rap” did admit, though, that Bob was an outstanding baseball coach at Plainville High in winning five state championships.

As a player, “Rap” has been on a number of championship teams, including with the Bristol Fradette team and all. If you don’t know “Rap,” you’d never forget him once you met him.

Dennis Fowler

I added myself on Mr. Fowler’s Facebook page, because I got to know him well through the Bristol Press and covering Lewis Mills sports. “Denny” is a great guy and it’s been a few years since I’ve seen him, but my ears perk up anytime I hear or see his name.

His brother, Mark, is married to an old family friend, Gina Calderoni, and he is the boys basketball coach at Terryville High. They make a handsome couple, along with their kids.

Gary Gurske

Gary has also been Facebook-confirmed by me. I’ve met him a couple of times and got to know of him through his father, Albie, a Bristol High three-sports star from the early-to mid- 1930s. Gary’s thing is railroad trains and he’s an expert on the subject, having spoken on it here and elsewhere in New England.

Rit Gurske

Gary’s cousin Richard, who I recall as “Rit,” was a year behind me at Bristol Eastern and is a horse lover for the lack of a better word. Haven’t seen him since high school and grammar school at Stafford School, but know that he went on to prestigious college/polytechnic school where smart and handsome-looking boys go.

Rit was one of two Rits on coach Bob Dailey’s track team at Bristol Eastern, joining Rit Utke, who was in my class at both schools mentioned here.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 10 September 2021 10:18. Updated: Friday, 10 September 2021 10:20.