Gossips learned yesterday that Windle Davis has died.
Windle and his husband, Dini Lamot, lived in Hudson from 2000 to 2016 and were principal characters in the life of Hudson in those golden years. In addition to lending their energy and support to every good and worthy cause, Windle and Dini created the Hudson River Theater on the second floor of 521 Warren Street and later restored 317 Allen Street, the century old dream house of Morgan A. Jones that had fallen into disrepair, and transformed it into a sought after bed and breakfast known as the Inn at Hudson.
In July 2012, Windle was interviewed as part of the Oral History Summer School at the Hudson Area Library. After learning of his death, I listened to that interview, which can be found here. It was a sweet and moving experience to hear Windle talking about his life and particularly about his years spent in Hudson. Better than any tribute or obituary I could write, it captures, in his own words and his own voice, the creative, adventurous, and genuinely lovely person he was, moving through the world leaving beauty in his wake. I recommend the experience to others mourning the loss of this gentle, gracious man.