Parrywinkle, November 9, 2017

So Hudson has a new mayor and council this week dear readers and we shall see what ideas and energy they will bring. But here's a most heartwarming story that I'd like to share with you about a devoted couple of longtime residents who have seen many previous administrations come and go. Still very much in love and who can be seen almost daily - rain or shine - walking hand in hand to a local restaurant for breakfast or brunch with a twinkle in their eyes. Any guesses who I'm talking about?

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DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY - Why, none other than 96-year-old Gordon (Gordy) Hulley and his beloved wife, 93-year-old Helen who recently and quietly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and who had a most talented photographer at their family party to record this milestone celebration.

PHOTO BY DAVID MAY

Celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary quietly at home, Helen and Gordy Hulley were joined by their three daughters (from left to right) Debra Hulley, Linda May, and Brenda Hulley.

Again, guess who? Why, Helen's daughter, Linda, of May's Studio fame, of course. Also celebrating a very special anniversary this year. Namely, the 55th anniversary of her third-generation eponymous photography studio at 459 Main Road that has been an integral part of not only the business community but also the social life of our little hamlet by the lake for over five decades. Visually recording for posterity countless births, graduations, engagements, weddings, special anniversaries, major happenings and developments, and virtually everything in between with a personal touch so rare today that you just can't buy for love nor money!

I caught up with Gordy and Helen earlier this week and, of course, being the in-depth investigative reporter that I am, I had to ask them the secret to their long and happy marriage which began in a small church in Morin Heights in The Laurentians on September 27, reportedly during a little snow flurry no less.

Laughed Gordy, a former construction worker with a lifelong passion for photography who decided to turn his hobby into a business in 1962 after suffering a back injury, “I listen to Helen.” Countered Helen without missing a beat, “I listen to Gordy.”

Ah, don't you just love it?

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PICTURE PERFECT - In today's digital, high-tech, computerized, instant-communications world, it may be hard to believe that back in the 1960s all photography was black and white. Boxes of film were a big seller. And, depending upon the rush, prints could take a couple of days if not longer to be processed.

Helping out wherever she could was their teenage daughter, Linda who, in 1975 upon her parents' retirement, took over the studio together with her late husband, Ken, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 2015, and who continues to operate it full time together with their son, David, now the camera and framing in-house specialist to go to.

Said Linda, “My parents were, and still are, a source of great inspiration to me and wonderful role models. They have lived together, worked together, and laughed together for all these years. Just as Ken and I did. And I love them dearly.”

As do so many others living in Hudson and surrounding communities, Linda. All of whom are invited to pop by May's Studio on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a glass of wine, nibbles, a chat, a chance to reminisce, and to discover how the studio has developed in this anniversary year with all new flooring, a new processing and developing lab, an expanded gift and framing department, and much more.

One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the mind-boggling collection of vintage cameras - some of them over 100 years old - on the shelves just to the left as you enter the studio. A mini museum that is tangible proof of just how much the world of photography has developed over the decades. And will surely continue to do so for many more to come.

For more info on the celebratory day, give Linda or David a call at (450) 458-4621. They would surely love to hear from you. And who knows? They may even be taking photographs for posterity!

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MORE MAYORS - Speaking of which, when Gordy and Helen first opened May's Studio in 1962 there were actually three mayors in what is now the Town of Hudson, created on June 7, 1969, when the Villages of Hudson, Hudson Heights, and Como-Est were joined with George Armstrong as its first mayor. Respectively, they were Dr. George W. Runnells, J. Bruce Jordan, and Gordon Nelles. Go figure!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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