Donald Sobey, son of the founder of the Sobey grocery chain, dies

Donald Sobey, son of the founder of the Sobey grocery chain, dies

HALIFAX – Donald Sobey, former President of the Empire and son of the founder of the Sobey’s grocery chain, has passed away.
Sobey was 86 years old. The company his father founded publicly announced his death on Wednesday.

“Donald’s impact on the Empire group of companies has been profound. He was a brilliant businessman, and his heritage of creating value speaks for itself, ”wrote President Jim Dickson in a statement released Wednesday by Empire Limited.

“But beyond his business success, Donald was someone who cared deeply for his community, donating his time, energy and resources to support so many important causes across the country. The impact of his generosity will certainly be felt for generations to come. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, ”he added.

Sobey was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia on October 23, 1934, and with his brothers Bill and David he joined his father in business early in his life.

He joined Empire’s board of directors in 1963, before becoming president in 1969, then president in 1985.

He retired in 2004, but has retained a post of President Emeritus at the company.

Sobey was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 and held more than ten honorary degrees from universities across the country.

“Donald was a great businessman and visionary philanthropist who believed in training Canadian artists and supporting the next generation of leaders,” said Michael Medline, President and CEO of Empire in the release. Wednesday press release. “He will be missed by all of us. ”

Sobey is survived by his wife Beth, three children and five grandchildren.


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