James K. Irving, heir to the Irving business empire, has died

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He was the last living son of New Brunswick industrialist K. C. Irving.

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The family of Canadian billionaire businessman James K. Irving has announced his death at the age of 96.

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Posted at 6:52 p.m. EDTUpdated at 7:55 p.m. EDT

Billionaire James Kenneth Irving, one of the richest men in Canada, died Friday in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was 96 years old.

Born March 28, 1928, he was the eldest son of the industrialist K.C. Irving (1899-1992), the founder ofIrving Oil who built a business empire from the family sawmill in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, and a handful of gas stations.

James K. Irving died less than six weeks after his younger brother, Arthur Irving, died on May 13 at the age of 93. The youngest of the patriarch’s three sons K.C. Irving, Johndied in 2010 at age 78.

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Brothers JK, Arthur and Jack Irving. All three are now deceased.

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