Business Goes On After Founder’s Death


When Al Case died unexpectedly this summer he was close to fulfilling his dream of opening a second location of his longtime business.

Just several weeks after his sudden death, Case’s daughter Brittany and wife Joelle saw his dream to fruition. The two women went forward with plans to open a new location of Al’s Painting on Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter that Al Case had been working toward when he died.

Case, who had operated Al’s Painting for over 20 years, was always working to grow his business bigger and better, according to Brittany, 20. He had just made arrangements to lease a second space on Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter when he suffered a massive heart attack at age 42.

What would your family do if you died unexpectedly? Never mind the typical concerns like life insurance and burial. As entrepreneurs what we really want to know is whether or not they would be be able not just to carry on the business, but to continue growing it.

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