Hudson -- Park Lane has an honorary street name, "Merino Way," to honor long-time resident Richard "Rich" Merino who died July 10 at the age of 95.
A sign designating the road as Merino Way will be located on Park Lane at the intersection of First Street off of state Route 303.
Mayor David Basil read the resolution Council passed Sept. 6 to recognize Mr. Merino's contributions and impact on the community.
Mr. Merino, a lifelong resident of Hudson, was born on April 7, 1921, in the historic Baldwin, Buss, Merino house on Hudson's Village Green, where he resided for most of his life.
Mr. Merino was an accomplished high school athlete, who led Hudson's basketball team to a county championship in 1938 and played football with NFL Hall of Fame member Dante Lavelli.
He was named MVP of the football team in 1939, noted for°being in two out of every three tackles in every game. This was especially impressive since Rich was 5'8" tall and 135 pounds. In fact,°Lavelli was quoted as saying "pound for pound, Rich Merino was the greatest athlete to come out of Hudson!"
Mr. Merino led the Hudson High School basketball team to a county championship in 1938.
He was inducted into the Hudson High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, and remained an avid golfer and sports fan throughout his life.
Mr. Merino graduated from Hudson High School in 1940 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In 1946, Mr. Merino and his father, Gaetano Merino, established Merino's Beer and Wine on Park Lane. He owned and managed the store until 2014.
Mr. Merino's warm and friendly personality made him a beloved and admired member of the community throughout his life. The city of Hudson received a letter, supported by more than 300 current and former Hudson residents, requesting that Park Lane be named in his honor.
Good Day in Hudson host Frank Youngwerth spoke about golfing with Mr. Merino and how Mr. Merino and his wife sold candy at the Beer and Wine store. On Halloween, it was the most popular spot in Hudson.
Mr. Merino's daughter Constance Wimer talked about her father and how he would play checkers with the kids and give advice.
He had talked to her about having a street named after him and would have enjoyed the sign named in his honor near his former store, she said.
This is the second honorary street signed named for a Hudson resident. An honorary sign was placed on Franklin Street in 2013 to honor Ada Cooper Miller.