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Brian Isaac: Demolished Northampton house lives on in former resident’s memory

To the editor:

I’m devastated to hear about the demolishing of 44 Lincoln Ave. in Northampton. My mother and I resided there for 15 years (1990-2005). Despite its physical issues — and I agree there were many — that house was one of the finest residences we ever had. A nice wood-paneled living room with an old chimney in the middle, nice comfortable bedrooms, a lovely yard and above all else, great neighbors.

When we moved in, we weren’t there even five days when our neighbor, Joe Squires, came over. We bonded with him and his wife Michelle immediately. From there came more good friends and precious memories were created.

No doubt we had some struggles with the inner physical structure of the house and we did get frustrated at times. No doubt as well that was probably one of the oldest houses on the block.

But our faith stayed strong and our years there have become part of our history. It was deeply shattering, deeply heartbreaking, profoundly devastating to walk out of there after 15 years. But I’m very proud to have occupied a mighty fine residence.

A house doesn’t have to be a fancy brand new mansion-like palace to be a place you end up living for many years. The house at 44 Lincoln Ave. was far from fancy but what does that matter? We were secure there and above all else, very happy; along with our beloved dogs Minnie (1990-1996), Kiley (1997-2010) and two cats Jasper (1997-2012) and Casey (1996-2011). To whoever designed and built 44 Lincoln Ave. (probably dead by now), thank you so much. That house will forever live in our hearts. It was a great place to live.

Brian Isaac


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this letter mistakenly located the house in Amherst.

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