A Family Business

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Having lasted 112-years and four-generations of Lipton’s, Tremont Paint met the definition of a family business.

Only being sold when we ran out of Lipton’s!

With my daughter Buck Wheat and my niece Nicole never expressing any interest in spending a career as a paint-slinger, my nephew Andrew became Tremont Paint’s last best hope for another generation of selling paint in the Bronx.

Andrew and I don’t agree on how his first and only summer with Tremont Paint ended. Though we agree that when he quit or got fired, it marked the end of the line.

Despite Andrew's impressive skills with the mixing sticks, the paint business was not for him.

Since selling Tremont Paint in October of 2019, I spend most of my days working alone in THE Studio. While I enjoy the quiet and the privacy, I'd being lying if I told you anything other than that I miss the "family" part of working in a family business.

THE Family Tree

At the time my cousin Jason was born with Down’s syndrome in 1976, American society had a different view of people with disabilities than the more enlightened one we now enjoy.

Born fourteen years before the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensured equal access and rights for the disabled, Jason‘s doctor advised his parents, my aunt Emily and uncle Chuck, that considering Jason’s condition there were some cruel but real choices a family could make.

In that era suggesting children born with Down’s syndrome can be placed in an institution, leaving parents to tell their families and friends that the child died at birth, was considered sound medical advice.