Nathan Maynor, owner of Bellaire’s The Sugar Shop Bakery & Gifts, has died, according to family members. He had been ill with COVID-19.

“Heaven has yet another angel,” wrote Virgil Burke, Maynor's husband, in a Nov. 14 Facebook post. “I have lost a wonderful, creative and loving man. With a heavy heart, I am sad to say that after [a] hard fight, Nathan Maynor lost his battle to COVID. I’m ... in disbelief as I can’t imagine our lives without him. I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for the love, support and prayers we have received.”

Maynor had been battling COVID-19 since mid-October, according to Facebook posts from Maynor and Burke. But the community supporting Maynor and Burke from inside and outside Bellaire has responded in a big way.

When Kathy Ann organized a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help Maynor and Burke pay for rent on the bakery, the community responded with almost $16,000 worth of donations as of Nov. 16.

In the days after Maynor’s death, the community honored him with a memorial outside his longtime business at 215 Fifth St., Bellaire, with flowers, wreaths and more.

Online, dozens of Facebook comments supporting Burke and remembering Maynor can also be seen on a post about the memorial.

“When walking through that door with heavy hearts, I know it helped knowing how dearly loved and thought of Nathan is to others,” Patti Lynn Blackwell commented.

According to the GoFundMe page, money raised will now be used for medical and final expenses.