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Obituary: Walter J. Wells

Remembering

Walter J. Wells

In the early 1950’s as suburbia was expanding, residents of New York City were looking to raise their families in the suburbs. The local communities were beginning to boom with the invasion of new homes, young families and veterans of World War II looking to settle in. One such family was Micki and Walter Wells. They came to Hicksville and moved onto Moeller St. with their daughters.

Walter, a veteran of the “silent service” served in the Pacific aboard SS329, a submarine called the Chub. He wasn’t here very long before he found out that the sirens and air horn going off day after day was the local (Hicksville) Volunteer Fire Department sounding out their alarms for members to respond to the emergencies.  So on June 9, 1953, Walter was issued badge #538, and assigned to Chemical Co. #3.

By 1961, he was elected to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant for 2 years, then 1st Lieutenant for the next 2 years and Captain in 1965 and 1966. Early on he also became a member of the Fire Dept.’s Rescue Squad. Throughout these years, he helped to encourage the new members and mentor them in their responsibilities as fire fighters, chauffeur and the like.  The members were always willing to listen to the stories of what life was like aboard a submarine during war time as part of the Pacific Fleet.

In 1964, he was also elected to be the 2nd V.P. of the Hicksville F.D. Benevolent Association and then President in 1966 and 1967.

In 1988, Hicksville Fire Department organized its Fire Police Squad. He once again was quick to answer the calling and serve the community as a charter member.  In 1991 he was elected its 2nd Lieutenant, spent two years at 1st Lieutenant, and then Captain for the years 1995 and 1996.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Ex-Captain Walter Wells answered his final alarm and was reunited with his loving wife Michelina (Micki) at heaven’s door. His family and friends will miss this soft spoken 90 year old father, grandfather and great grandfather who faithfully served his country and community with valor and distinction.

News

Bob Hilsky left an indelible mark on the face of Hicksville baseball, as well as countless local players. This Saturday, that mark becomes official as the Hicksville High School varsity baseball field is renamed in honor of Coach Bob.

The entire community is invited to this Saturday’s 11 a.m. ceremony, where the Board of Education will dedicate the varsity baseball field as Coach Bob Hilsky Memorial Field to honor Hilsky’s 30 years of coaching baseball. Hilsky also taught in the district elementary schools before retiring in 1995. Hilsky passed away this past January at the age of 75.

There was a time when boxing was the hottest ticket in town. People cleared their schedules to watch famous fights such as Ali-Frazier and Duran-Leonard. Even the motion pictures that portrayed prize-fighters were box-office hits. Local professional boxer Anthony Karperis may be able to play a hand in turning the clock back, if he continues to make an impact in the ring.

Nowadays, boxing has been surpassed by MMA—specifically UFC—in popularity. Karperis, a native of Hicksville, feels that the product has become diluted due to the ubiquity of the competitions.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.  

Why hire a triathlon coach?

Every once in a while you just tip your cap to the opposition. That was the type of game it was for Hicksville’s JV baseball team in their 3-0 loss to Massapequa. The starting pitcher for the Massapequa Chiefs, Patrick Clyne threw a complete game shutout, while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out four.

Clyne was forced to pitch under duress only one time and that was in the third inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a two-out single to opposing pitcher Terrence Wong. The next two batters followed with infield hits to load the bases. He was able to make a big pitch, however, to end the threat and keep the Comets off the board.


Calendar

The Acchords Concert

April 26

Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

May 1-3



Columns

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