Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Note from Donors to the Train Station Project

Ellen Woods gave me your email address.  We have been friends since college days.
Louie and I had sent a  $200 check for the restoration project in memory of Daniel E. Woods.   Looking at an old article, I used the WLHistorical Society address to send the check.  It bounced back due to the project taking so long to move forward.  Louie probed around and found another avenue for the check, since I knew Amtrak had finally gotten off the dime and the project was alive again.  He was told to send the check to the Town of Windsor Locks with Train Station restoration in the Memo line.
Dan was Ellen’s husband he passed away about 3 years ago.  He was an engineer and had worked a Dominion (previously Northeast Utilities) in Waterford before he retired.  Previously worked at Scan Optics and Hamilton Standard right out of college.  Went to MIT and Uconn.  Ellen and Dan were married for over 40 years and have one daughter Katie, who’s a doctor.  He loved trains and loved going to Wright’s Chicken Farm in RI.  Quiet guy with a good sense of humor.
We had originally sent a memorial contribution to Bristol High school for a scholarship in Dan’s name.  NO ONE applied for the scholarship money!!!  Ellen and Katie closed the fund and returned all the checks.  Upon reflecting, I thought about the Windsor Locks train station.  I knew Dan loved trains and the fact that Ellen was from Windsor Locks, that was icing on the cake.  So, I mentioned the idea to Ellen and she was thrilled.  I think she said “That a great idea as Dan loved trains and Jimmy will be so happy”!!
Ellen thought you’d appreciate knowing this.  Good luck on the project.  It’s a great one!!
Kathy and Louie Chiappetta
15 Bayberry Trail
South Windsor, CT 06074

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