The family behind a popular Oro Medonte mainstay is taking time off to mourn the loss of one of their own.
“This will be the first year I’ve been closed. My wife just isn’t feeling too well. It’s just time to grieve for a while, that’s all.”Glenn Melton, Melton’s Maple Syrup Bush
The family patriarch says Melton’s Maple Syrup Bush will stay closed this season to grieve the loss of his daughter Courtney.
Glenn Melton says his daughter, who has been helping out with the family-run business since age two, fell ill last year. A series of medical procedures to tackle a brain tumor left Courtney feeling fine. “You wouldn’t know anything was wrong” says Glenn, “but that was secondary cancer; the real cancer they couldn’t find. Well, they finally found it. It was in her blood. Raging through her body. She didn’t last a year.” Melton says he and his wife need to take time off to grieve her loss. “This will be the first year I’ve been closed. My wife just isn’t feeling too well. It’s just time to grieve for a while, that’s all.”
In the meantime, he is concerned his regulars won’t know what’s going on with his maple trees. “It’s just a big thing on a highway, when people are going to work in the morning and home, they see buckets so they know Spring is here.” Glenn tells Barrie 360, “you can see everything happening there. And people just won’t know if I’m out of business or not. I’m not out of business, I’m just taking a year off.” Melton is 62-years-old, has been working the family business since he was six, and says this is the first season they will be closed.
Thoughts now turn to who Courtney left behind. “She had a two- and a four-year-old when she passed. And a loving husband too, he’s messed up. He didn’t sign up to be a single parent. He’s a great guy.”