Businessman James Kenneth Irving dies

Businessman James Kenneth Irving dies
Businessman James Kenneth Irving dies

Canadian James Kenneth Irving, heir to the commercial company JD Irving Limited, has died at the age of 96, several Canadian media reported.

“It is with great sadness that the family of James K. Irving marks the peaceful passing of our father, aged 96, today in Saint John, New Brunswick,” the Irving family said in a statement. released by the company on Friday, according to the Globe and Mail.

Mr. Irving was the last living son of businessman KC Irving. Its industry covered forestry, pulp and paper, fabric, lumber, building materials, frozen food, transportation, shipping, and shipbuilding. It was one of the largest companies in the Maritimes.

The Mayor of Saint John reacted to the death of the man on X: “It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Mr. James K. Irving today. Few words can capture the immense contribution of his family. I extend my sincere condolences to the Irving family, their employees and their friends during this difficult time. His legacy will remain engraved in our memories.”

The deceased owned almost all the daily newspapers in the province and most of the weeklies, reported the Globe and Mail. He was therefore an important figure in the provincial media. He was also involved in several political commitments throughout his life, both provincially and federally.

His brother, Arthur Irving, died earlier this year.

Mr. Irving is survived by his four children and 13 grandchildren. His wife, Jean, died in 2019.

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