It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our founding members and a true ambassador for the Delmar Farmers Market. Mike O’Heaney passed away peacefully at his home this past week surrounded by his loving family.
Mike and Heather O’Heaney were part of the small original group of people that sat around Paul Tick’s table as the foundations of the market were forged. Since the start of the market Mike and Heather’s house has been the gathering place for all meetings, retreats, new member interviews, and all other market board gatherings. Mike worked to establish and participate on many of the market committees and helped with market set-up and take-down each Saturday for the first five years. When moving items became too much he volunteered his car and drove our market workers out to set up the signs.
Mike faithfully came to the market each week to assist in any way he could and extend a welcome hand to all that came. His wisdom and optimism helped to guide the market through the many decisions we needed to make in order to arrive at the place we are today. He was a fierce supporter of the vendors and artisans he respected so much. He continually reminded the board that the vendors were the backbone of the market and each vote he cast reflected his desire to see them succeed.
Mike was a spiritual man who lived his faith each day through his hard work with so many social and environmental causes and through the kindness he showed everyone around him. We will miss his smile, his thoughtfulness, and his booming laugh. The Delmar Farmers Market is only a part of the legacy Mike leaves behind. Mike will be missed but never forgotten.