Hannaford shoppers sadly losing Sunny

To the Editor:

I had to share this with someone because it just breaks my heart.

If you have ever shopped at Hannaford supermarket on Colby Court in Bedford and purchased sushi, then you have probably met Sunny. Sunny is a nickname that someone gave him so that we Americans could pronounce his name. But he couldn’t have picked a more perfect name. When you talk to him his smile just beams. It’s probably spelled Sonny, but Sunny just suits him.

He came to the United States leaving his wife and two young children behind in Burma. After a lot of hard work, he was able to bring his wife and two children here as well. Lucky for us he ended up running the sushi section right here at the Bedford Hannaford. If you don’t see what you want, he will fix it up for you in minutes and then find you where ever you may be in the store and hand deliver it to you. He works very long days, seven days a week, no vacation, sick days, and maybe one holiday and often has his wife in helping him as well.

With all the negative talk of immigration, we really need to step back and admire people like Sunny. He is deeply religious, doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs, works extremely hard, pays taxes, and does it all with a smile. Tonight he shared with me, with tears in his eyes, that when the Hannaford store moves to its new location on June 18, Sunny will not be moving with them. He doesn’t know what he will do. His son has one more year of high school.

We are losing the best part of shopping at the Hannaford supermarket. I just wish there was something I could do to help him and his family.

Carolyn Marquis

Bedford