Robin and I have been married since August 31, 1985. We have three children. Michael our oldest is a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He, his wife, and daughter are stationed at Hanscom Field in Bedford. He has been to both Afghanistan and Iraq. Our second, Nicole, a graduate of UMass Dartmouth is currently working as an account associate for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Our youngest, Tiffany, is attending Norfolk County Agricultural High School majoring in animal science. She hopes to own her own farm and breed animals someday.
Robin has been riding motorcycles since 1976. Her first bike was a Honda 100 then moved to a Honda CB 350 (which she currently still owns). She purchased her current bike a Suzuki 800 in September 2003 which she has approximately 28,000 miles on so far. Robin’s parents, Dick and Shirley Murch, joined the Retreads in 1972 and became the MA Retread Reps in 1982. Robin rode for many years with them and with her grandfather Henry R. Hastings who also was a Retread.
Robin has been fortunate to be around the Retread Club during the early years and was able to watch it evolve into the great club it is today. She was there to see and help her mom and dad with the club. They had coffee socials and went on many rides where she learned how to ride in a group.
We have been members of American Motorcyclist Association for many years. We joined the GWRRA several years ago. It was through the GWRRA that we had the opportunity to take a Road Captain Course (which is overseen by the MSF) and were each awarded a patch making us official “Road Captains”. We both also have taken an advanced rider course.
I was born and raised in the City of Woonsocket, in the great State of Rhode Island.
I attended St. Anne’s elementary school then, middle school, then Woonsocket Jr. High School and eventually on to Woonsocket High School where I graduated in 1967.
After graduation I went to work for Raytheon Company in Norwood, MA. My career spans the decades from which I have achieved many accomplishments. I studied business administration at Northeastern University during the evening for a while.
I also attended Newbury College where I studied for the A-Plus Certification in computer technology. I also received credits from The Labor Guild School of Industrial Relations in Quincy where I learned such things as labor relations, negotiations, parliamentary procedure, safety awareness, public speaking, collective bargaining, and I became a Certified Union Councilor.
After several years as a Shop Steward I ran in an election for the Executive Board for Local 1505 IBEW eventually becoming Chairman of the Board where one of my duties made me one of three people responsible for the Locals finances. I have been to two negotiations between the Local and Raytheon Company. I was also president of the Local’s Building Corporation where I was responsible for the day to day aspects of securing housing and maintaining residence for the local which included renting out available space to obtain revenue, pay bills and did the bookkeeping. I was on the executive board of the Boston Central Labor Council where I was actively involved in politics for many years.
I have always enjoyed riding motorcycles but cannot compare to Robin’s experience. Although I had ridden in the past I began more serious riding with Robin’s Honda 350 after we met in 1981. Robin and I joined the Retreads in 2002. I purchased my Goldwing in September of 2003 and now have almost 62,000 miles on it. I ride on average over 10,000 miles a year. Robin and I have ridden our bikes to the Mid-Atlantic Rally in PA several times. We have been to Americade three times. For many years we would ride up to VT in July for a week with friends riding the back roads over the mountains and all the way up to Newport, VT. Riding has become our passion.
After joining the MA Retreads in 2002 we decided to visit the Rhode Island Chapter. We attended a Sunday meeting and were impressed and decided to join and the rest as they say is history.