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“Remarkable” Canadian family businessman dies

John Jodrey, the “remarkable businessman" who led Canadian family firm Scotia Investments for over 15 years, died on 19 February aged 98.

John Jodrey, the “remarkable businessman" who led Canadian family firm Scotia Investments for over 15 years, died on 19 February aged 98.

Jodrey was a former director and president of the Nova Scotia-based business, which controls a number of Canadian companies, including packaging group Maritime Paper Products and floral business Avon Valley.

He took over the management of the family business after his father, company founder Roy Jodrey, died in 1973 and remained at the group until 1989, when his son Bruce succeeded him.

A successful businessman, he was invested into the Order of Canada in 2000 for his contribution to Nova Scotia’s employment and economic growth.

Nova Scotia’s premier Darrell Dexter called him “a remarkable businessman and community leader”.

In a statement released on 20 February, he added: “Jodrey's passion for life, family and community will be missed.”

Jodrey is survived by his wife Maxine, and children Bruce and Kathryn.

Roy established Scotia Investments as a holding company in 1945, after previously founding pulp and power company Minas Basin in 1927 and CFK, which makes containers for pies, in 1933. The Hantsport-based group later grew through acquisitions and diversification, entering sectors such as packaging and recycling, as well as producing medical devices.

According to Nova Scotia’s daily newspaper The Chronicle Herald, Scotia Investments was recently divided among members of the Jodrey family.

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