David F. Sobey, Sobeys Chair Emeritus, Passes Away at 92; Empire Co. Board Confirms

By | September 19, 2023

David F. Sobey, the chair emeritus of Sobeys, has passed away at the age of 92, according to the board of directors of Empire Company.

David F. Sobey, the esteemed chair emeritus of Sobeys, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92, according to an announcement made by the board of directors of Empire Company. The news of his demise sent shockwaves through the business community, as Sobey was widely respected and admired for his significant contributions to the retail industry.

Born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, in 1931, Sobey came from humble beginnings. He joined his family’s business, Sobeys, at a young age, starting as a stock boy and gradually working his way up the ranks. His dedication and entrepreneurial spirit propelled him to the position of president and CEO of Sobeys in 1969, a role he held until 1989. During his tenure, he led the company through a period of exponential growth, expanding its reach across Canada and establishing it as a household name.

Sobey’s remarkable leadership skills and business acumen earned him widespread recognition. Even after his retirement, he continued to serve as chair emeritus of Sobeys, providing invaluable guidance to the company. His unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation set a standard for the entire industry.

While the news of Sobey’s passing has deeply saddened his friends, family, and colleagues, the exact cause of his death remains unknown at this time. The announcement made by the Empire Company did not provide any further details regarding the circumstances surrounding his demise.

The loss of David F. Sobey leaves a void in the business world that will be difficult to fill. His legacy will undoubtedly endure, as his influence and impact on Sobeys and the retail sector as a whole are immeasurable. Sobey’s dedication to his company, employees, and customers will be remembered as an inspiration for generations to come.

As the community mourns the loss of this great visionary, tributes and condolences have poured in from all corners of the country. Sobey’s memory will live on in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege of knowing him and witnessing his remarkable achievements..


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