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April 14, 2016: Fairmont Confectionary – a Legacy; Community loses highly respected couple.

April 14, 2016: Fairmont Confectionary – a Legacy;
Community loses highly respected couple.

By Carol Paschal.

“a young teen… was buying milk for the family and didn’t have enough money. Sue just said “Pay later!”

Hintonburg residents were saddened to learn of the passing former Fairmont Confectionery owners, Georges and Sue Alam, just days apart on March 4 and 7 respectively.

Georges and Sue met in 1977 at a restaurant where Georges worked when he first came to Canada from Lebanon. Prior to owning the Fairmont Confectionery from 1987 to 2012, they owned a business in Vanier and later, another on Rochester Street.

The Alams decided to sell Fairmont Confectionery in 2012 primarily for health reasons, but also intending to travel and enjoy time together. They managed to travel to Quebec City before health problems intervened.

During the 25 years they owned the business, Georges and Sue lived above the store with their sons Joe and Mike, both of whom worked in the store after school and on weekends. They continued to live there until the building was sold in July 2014 to siblings Sam and Sandy Souryavong who have operated Fairmont Confectionary since then.

Customers and neighbours alike were able to watch “Joey and Mikey” change and grow over the years until both boys moved out on their own. Visitors to the store were also greeted often by four-legged family members, Oreo and Cosmos.

Long-time Hintonburg resident Paulette Dozois remarked that the Alam family ran a true neighbourhood corner store. She remembers standing in line behind a young teen who was buying milk for the family and didn’t have enough money. Sue just said “Pay later!”

She and Georges knew the family and knew that the kids needed the milk. Paulette observed that although they ran a tab for a number of families, Sue and Georges did not extend credit for cigarettes – at least not to teens.

The current owners also have fond memories of Sue and Georges. Sam remembers that Georges would come into the store every Friday to buy a lottery ticket and would buy one for Sam at the same time. He also says Georges offered “tons of advice” because he and Sue were very attached to the store, cared deeply about it, and wanted Sam and Sandy to succeed. The four became good friends and Sam and Sandy kept the name of the store as a way to carry on Georges and Sue’s legacy.

Both Mike and Joe believe that working in the store, and growing up in the neighbourhood, helped them become who they are today. Mike commented that the store was everything to his parents and they knew they were leaving it in good hands when Sam and Sandy took over.

Mike and Joe would like to thank everyone in the community. They have received a lot of support from past customers and friends in the area and want to be sure that people know it means a lot to them.

A double funeral was held on March 7th but condolences may still be offered on-line for Sue at http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ottawacitizen/suzanne-alam-condolences/177978670 and for Georges at http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ottawacitizen/georges-alam-condolences/177966724.

Friends who would like to make a donation in Georges’ and Sue’s memory, can direct their generosity to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Doubly missed.

Doubly missed.

Photo Caption: Sue and Georges Alam of Fairmont Confectionary passed away within days of each other, marking the end of an era in their neighbourhood and leaving a legacy of human kindness and community spirit.

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