Gossips received the sad news this morning that Vincent Mulford has died.
It is impossible to describe adequately the effect of his presence among us and his contribution to Hudson. The tangible evidence is the building at 419 Warren Street, which he purchased in 1999 and transformed it from a rabbit warren of offices and tiny apartments into the elegant commercial space it was originally meant to be. In the process, he discovered and restored the second floor space that became known as the Tin Ball Room, the stunningly beautiful setting for many of Hudson's most memorable events.
One of the most fondly remembered traditions of Winter Walk is Vince's tradition of serving eggnog at the front of his shop between his exquisitely decorated shop windows. It was Vince who, in the early days of Winter Walk, brought Sax O Claus, now a Winter Walk regular, to play his saxophone in the street in front of Vincent Mulford Antiques.
Another gift to the city were the flags he flew from the top of his building. Early on, he found a wood stump on the roof of the building, which turned out to be the base of a flagstaff. The stump reminded him of a ship's mast, and he speculated that the early flagstaffs of Hudson may have been crafted by the city's shipbuilders. The flagstaff he used was a mahogany ship's mast he found in Maine. From that he flew an ever-changing variety of flags, many of which were ship's flags.
Vince was passionate about the city clock, located in the tower of the First Presbyterian Church, just down the street from his building. He was first to raise the alarm whenever the clock stopped--because someone forgot to wind it or something more serious had gone amiss. Several times over the years, Vince volunteered to take the job of winding the clock, but that never happened. What may have been Vince's last comment on Gossips, posted on October 12, was about the clock and his history of trying to keep the clock going.
If any one person embodied the spirit that was Hudson in the early days of its miraculous renaissance, it was Vince Mulford. Daniel Seward expressed it best on Facebook this morning.
When I moved to Hudson I thought everyone was an erudite queer intelligent partying child of the sun and moon back alley lord island hopped gregarious razor witted soaking wet survivor flower lover song full beauty full poet of fresh flesh and ancient earth songs brilliant endless warrior of a million days . . . but I was wrong . . . there was only one. Vincent Mulford.
Our loss is profound.
RIP, Vincent, old friend.ReplyDelete
1000 peels of the clock tower bells for Vince. You could find humor in the darkness and darkness in all humor, and deem it "well balanced". Your keen eye sought beauty and if you didn't like what you saw you created the beauty. You are treasured my friend.ReplyDelete
So sorry to hear this. Words are inadequate.ReplyDelete
We've lost a force of nature. It seems impossible, but there it is.ReplyDelete
The passing of Vince delineates the end of a chapter of Hudson's history. Vincent was one the pioneers in Hudson's late twentieth century's revitalization and transformation of Warren Street into an abandoned thoroughfare of the past, into one of the most exciting and thriving streets in the United States. HE was always outspoken, never shy with his opinions, and always directed by a true moral compass. A man with eye for curating the most amazing antiques and collectibles, a man of impeccable style and design. Hudson has gained much in recent years, but it also has lost much. The loss of Vincent is the capstone of the end of a transformative era for our city. Vince, you will not be forgotten. Hudson is the better because of you. Rest in peace my friend, and may your memory be a blessing.ReplyDelete
Oh, Vince, rest in peace. You made such a wonderful impression on Hudson and it's inconceivable that we won't see you again. You will be sorely missed.ReplyDelete
Very sorry to learn of Vince's passing. In a world of pseudos and shams and wannabes, Vince was REAL.ReplyDelete
while you’re floating around in joy and understanding with all your loves, please keep an eye out on Hudson now and then. Until you come back in your next lifetime, here’s a hug.
Sad, sad news. To the antiques dealers of Hudson, Vince was a legend and a friend and indeed will be sorely missed by ourselves and so many others. Indeed the 'capstone of an era' so aptly put by Park Falafel and also in the words expressed by the one and only Daniel Seward. Fly free Vince, we will remember you.ReplyDelete
Heard in conversation: "Hard to fathom, he seemed so indestructible."ReplyDelete
One might say "inVINCEable"ReplyDelete
Carole your tribute here made me cry. My heart is broken. Hudson's heart is broken. What a terrible loss.ReplyDelete
And his laugh. I can hear it now.ReplyDelete
What a tremendous loss.
Vince was part of the fabric of Hudson. He will be sorely missed. End of an era.ReplyDelete
This news was such a bummer. I did many projects for Vince over the years, both in Hudson and elsewhere. The flag on the roof of his old place appeared to be at half mast when I drove by yesterday, which is fitting. Erecting that ships mast for his flags was one of those many projects, which were always unique, much like Vince.ReplyDelete