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Mission residents rally to help longtime business owner

Heather McCormick (left) owner of the Bargain Store in Mission lost her husband Neil (right) after he passed away last week. Community members are now fundraising to help Heather with funeral costs. - Web photo
Heather McCormick (left) owner of the Bargain Store in Mission lost her husband Neil (right) after he passed away last week. Community members are now fundraising to help Heather with funeral costs.
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The people of Mission are rallying their support for a local business woman who’s husband passed away last week.

Heather McCormick, of the The Bargain Store on Railway Ave., lost her husband Neil McCormick, who passed away last Sunday.

According to the creators of a GoFundMe page, which has raised close to $4,000 so far, Heather, who is a popular downtown figure having run her store for the past 30-plus years, has already been struggling financially because her business is normally slow in the winter and the extreme snowfall has made sales even worse.

While local residents can’t help Heather with her grief, some are trying to help support her financially through this tough time.

Neil and Heather moved to Mission in 1981 and opened the Railway Ave. business in 1987.

According to the fundraising website, Neil was a big part of the behind the scenes operations of the store, right from the start. He became less visible as his health declined.

“Heather, as most of you know, has suffered far too much hardship in the last couple of years with the most recent being a huge flood in her store. With great difficulty getting the repairs going, one can only imagine the financial strain coming forth for funeral services for her lovely husband Neil,” the site says.

Along with the GoFundMe page, there will also be a McCormick family memorial burger and beverage fundraising event held on Feb 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the 14th Ave. Pub. The event includes a  silent auction.

Tickets to the event are $25 each. Contact  Kamri Desrosiers or Adam Marshall on Facebook to purchase your tickets.

For more, visit gofundme.com/we-can-do-this-heather.

 

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