W. Galen Weston, O.C., C.V.O., OOnt, B.A., LLD, passed away on April 12, 2021, at the age of 80.
His leadership and entrepreneurial spirit built food, retail, and real estate companies across two continents. These include Loblaw and Choice Properties in Canada and Selfridges Group, which includes Selfridges in the UK, Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland, de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands, and Holt Renfrew in Canada. He retired as Chairman, George Weston Limited in 2016 to continue his lifelong commitment to philanthropy through the Weston Family Foundation in Canada and the Selfridges Group Foundation in the UK.
“My father’s greatest gift was inspiring those around him to achieve more than they thought possible.” said Galen G. Weston, Chairman and CEO, George Weston Limited. “In our business and in his life he leaves behind a legacy of extraordinary accomplishment, and joy.” Alannah Weston, Chairman, Selfridges Group, added, “The luxury retail industry has lost a great visionary. His energy electrified those of us who were lucky enough to work alongside him to reimagine what customer experience could be.”
Our sincere condolences to his family.