SANFORD, Fla. — The Stokes Fish Market sign has been on the side of a building in historic downtown Sanford for many years. With the effort of Suzanne Chagnon, it will be around for many more.

What You Need To Know

  • Suzanne Chagnon's father painted to sign at Stokes Fish Market

  • She's trying to raise money to preserve her dad's signs

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Suzanne’s father Marcel Faille painted the sign well over 50 years ago. In fact, he painted a lot of signs all over Sanford.  

Marcel and his wife moved to Sanford from Montreal in the 1940s. He couldn’t find work in his chosen trade, so something he did on the side, painting, became his full-time job.

He quickly became one of the most popular sign makers in Sanford.

“He was such a big part of Sanford,” Chagnon said. “Did work for the city, for the county, for businesses, just to keep that memory going really means a lot.”

Chagnon is trying to raise $5,500 for the restoration of two signs on the building, which is now Wop’s Hops Brewery and Kitchen. Artists won’t repaint the murals — they’ll preserve the antique look by cleaning and touching them up with paint.     ​

If you would like to donate to the effort, you can go to Chagnon's GoFundMe page.