Tragedy visited Wardtown Mobile Home Park Co-op when Mason Donahue’s life was cut short at just 34 days. Mason died of sudden infant death syndrome on May 23, 2015. Their co-op community gathered around the family and extended their support, demonstrating one of the key reasons why shared ownership matters. KeepMeCurrent.com writes:
Money is tight, as Todd Donahue, a clam harvester, had to take several weeks off in peak season to get through the shock of their loss. Patricia Donahue, who is pregnant, stays home with the children.
Burial expenses set the Donahues back. His cousin, Sherry Branch of Topsham, got a GoFundMe online fundraiser going to help with that.
Dale Whitmore, president of the Wardtown Mobile Home Park Co-op, which manages the property, remembers it well. “They’re good people. I cried. I cannot imagine how they felt. I don’t even want to imagine it.”
“But they got well behind in their rent,” Whitmore said.
The park cooperative board is being patient.
“They’re paying us back,” said Whitmore. “We have two catchphrases at this co-op. ‘Neighbor helping neighbor” and ‘Together we can do more.’ They’ve been punched in the gut right to their knees and they’re climbing back out.”