Frank Sobey died (b. 1902). Born in Lyons Brook, Nova Scotia, he left school after Grade 8. With a focused entrepreneurial spirit he expanded his father’s meats and vegetables store in Stellarton to a full range of groceries. Soon he expanded to New Glasgow, Antigonish and further afield, creating a holding company called Empire Company Ltd., encompassing substantial commercial and residential real estate holdings and other services. Sobey also created a foundation to provide funding supports to a wide range of health, education and community based initiatives. Over the years, he amassed a significant art collection, and the foundation’s Sobey Art Award remained Canada’s largest prize for young Canadian artists. Sobeys Inc. is now (2017) a $24.6 billion company with more than 1,500 corporate and franchise stores across the country.