UPDATED (February 26th): Amazing news -> The Whitney family tells PTBOCanada the trailer was found this morning by police after someone had called them who spotted it. It was located in a remote area of Campbellford, and has now been returned home with everything in it. "Everything is intact and as far as we can see there is minimal damage," they tell PTBOCanada. They also thank all those who shared this story on social media, and for all the kindness that was shown.
A Havelock family is reeling after their mobile business—and a huge part of their family legacy—has been stolen. At approximately 4 a.m. on February 24th, their "Grandpa's Homemade Fudge" trailer was stolen from Sama Park in Havelock.
Grandpa's Homemade Fudge is run by the Whitney family—it was started by family patriarch Perry Whitney, who passed away in 2014 to cancer at age 68—and has been a staple in the Peterborough and Kawarthas area for many years.
Grandpa Whitney, who passed away in 2014
Granddaughter Meaghan Tippett tells PTBOCanada the trailer was at Peterborough Farmers' Market up until Perry got sick and then unfortunately they had to scale back their shows as every weekend became too difficult for him. The Whitney family use the trailer at most of their shows now since his death, but for some of the indoor shows they have a different set-up, including the wood and glass display case that Perry made by hand—this display case was in the trailer and is also gone.
"Since my Grandpa passed away, my grandmother Anne and the rest of my family have been working avidly to keep the business going," Meaghan tells PTBOCanada. "This trailer is my grandfather's legacy and holds incredible sentimental value. We would very much like to see it returned so we can continue to serve the community with delicious homemade fudge and mini donuts."
"Our family is shocked," Meaghan adds. "My grandfather started this business 15 years ago, and passed away from cancer. This business is our family's legacy, and that trailer was customized by my grandfather. It holds extreme sentimental value and our family would very much like to see it returned so we can continue to uphold his legacy."
The OPP have been informed and are currently on the lookout for the stolen trailer.
If you could share this and spread the word on your social media channels, the Whitney family would very much appreciate it.