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Donald C. R. Sobey, the son of the founder of Canada's Sobeys supermarket chain and later the president and chairman of the Empire Company, which was set up to diversify the family's business interests, has passed away.   He was 86.

One of the most interesting obits for Sobey came in The Art Newspaper, which wrote, "Canada has lost one of its artistic heroes, Donald R. Sobey, a major benefactor and two-term chairman of the National Gallery’s board of trustees (2002-08), an inspiration to often underappreciated Canadian artists through the Sobey Art Award."