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Friday, 04 September 2020 17:10

Dick’s Auto Repair in Orange, MA, Hanging Up the Wrenches

Written by Dominic Poli, Greenfield Recorder
Richard Noel, owner of Dick’s Auto Repair in Orange, MA. The shop is closing on Sept. 25. Richard Noel, owner of Dick’s Auto Repair in Orange, MA. The shop is closing on Sept. 25. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

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Richard Noel explained he grew up in Athol and moved to Orange after the eighth grade. It was during this time that he got a job at a junkyard taking apart motors for $1 a pop. He averaged 80 motors a week.

 

“That’s $80,” he said. “That’s a lot back in those days.”

 

Richard Noel recalls he got bit by the bug.

 

“I got just wicked interested in [auto repair],” he said. “I got hooked on fixing cars and just never looked back.”

 

Richard Noel said and he Denise plan to do some traveling, but will remain local residents. However, the house and shop have been on the market a few years. He said a buyer was lined up, but backed out once the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The pandemic didn’t make business any more difficult though, he said, because he was able to offer contact-free service.

 

We thank the Greenfield Recorder for reprint permission.


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