Pink tribute to tragic Wendy's franchisee

Mrs Evans's sudden, unexpected death came 10 days after she and her husband, Danny, were locked out of the Hunter Valley Wendy's store they once believed held the key to their prosperity…But Wendy's chief executive Rob McKay said in a statement the company would not renew the franchise agreement with Mr Evans and the Singleton store "will remain closed until further notice".

http://www.smh.com.au
August 23, 2010

Pink tribute to tragic Wendy's franchisee
Georgina Robinson

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Therese Evans … so excited about the way things were going,

Pink roses, pink ribbons, pink blouses, a pink skirt, even pink hair.

Therese Evans may have lost her Wendy's ice-cream franchise but it was clear at her funeral today she would always be remembered as one half of "the pink people".

Almost every one of the 80-plus mourners who filled the hall at La Vallette Social Centre in Blacktown wore a pink tribute to the 48-year-old mother of two, who died from a suspected heart attack on August 14.

Mrs Evans's sudden, unexpected death came 10 days after she and her husband, Danny, were locked out of the Hunter Valley Wendy's store they once believed held the key to their prosperity.

Though no mention was made of the store during the service today, Wendy's presence in the Singleton family's life was unmissable.

They were known locally in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton as "the pink people", referring to the dominant colour of Wendy's logo.

Guests were handed pink ribbon pins as they entered the chapel, a soft pink scarf was draped over Mrs Evans's coffin next to a large arrangement of pink roses, while three pink-haired mourners sat next to each other in the second row.

Mr Evans and the couple's two sons, Luke and Josh, were supported by his three sisters, who vowed to look after the family in his wife's absence.

"She was our true sister," Kathleen Fulton said.

"A proud woman who lived for her family."

Mrs Evans's brother, Joe Camilleri, said she had worked her way up "as far as she could go" in a solicitor's office before she and her husband moved to the Hunter "for a whole new life".

"She was so excited about the way things were going," Mr Camilleri said.

"No matter how hard things got she never gave up. She fought and fought and fought."

Mrs Evans's sister, Marie Camilleri, sat with their mother, who is confined to a wheelchair following a recent car crash.

Inconsolable, a frail Mrs Camilleri kept one gloved hand on her daughter's coffin throughout the service.

Also among the couple's friends and relatives were a number of Wendy's franchisees, who wanted to let the family know their struggle had not gone unnoticed.

A spokesman for some of the franchisees said the group were determined to "pursue the fight with Wendy's to achieve an equitable outcome" for all Wendy's store owners.

The family's solicitor, Ian Gray, said last week his client would decide whether to try to get the Singleton store back after the funeral.

But Wendy's chief executive Rob McKay said in a statement the company would not renew the franchise agreement with Mr Evans and the Singleton store "will remain closed until further notice".

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