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Letters: Photo sparks memories of family-owned store

A Richmond News reader has fond memories of a store in Steveston
Budget Appliances Steveston
The old Budget Appliances, which closed last year on Moncton Street.

Dear Editor,

“Photo: Do you remember Budget Appliances in Steveston?” Online, June 17.

The attached photo “do you remember Budget Appliances” brings back memories to me. My dad, Ray Kerfoot, bought the building at 383 Moncton St. after the Second World War and started Ray’s Dry Goods and operated it for about 15 years before he sold it and it became Budget Appliances. Our family lived behind the store until late 1949 when we moved to our new home in Kerrisdale.

I lived there with my two brothers and grew up during the big Fraser River flood of 1948 and helped sandbag the store front to prevent water damage to the merchandise. I also painted the building several times white with green trim (Imperial Cannery colours) and cleaned its windows when dad wanted. There were many happy times spent in that building.

It would be a shame to see this historical building torn down and not put to some good use such as the old Royal Bank building, now the Steveston Museum. If you have more articles on old Steveston buildings, I would appreciate receiving them.

Al Kerfoot