K. C. Irving

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Kenneth Colin Irving, OC (March 14, 1899 – December 13, 1992) also known as K. C. Irving was one of Canada's foremost entrepreneurs of the 20th century and ranked as one of the world's leading industrialists. Ownership and operation of the Irving group of companies ultimately passed to his three sons, James, Arthur, and Jack, and their respective children.

Born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, as a youngster Irving was viewed as a tough kid from a rough sawmill town on the Northumberland Strait. There are many accounts of his rough and tumble attitude in schoolyard fights. He began his entrepreneurial streak early, but this was tempered by the dawn of the First World War. K.C., along with several friends attempted to enlist but his father put an end to it by enrolling him at Acadia University - an association continues between this institution and the family to this very day. Irving left Acadia before graduation and took a cross-country adventure to British Columbia before returning to Bouctouche. His father did not oppose his second attempt to enlist and Irving entered the Royal Flying Corps as a fighter pilot, although he never saw action as the war ended shortly thereafter. Following the war, he returned home to Bouctouche.

In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Interesting, since he claimed to be a resident of Bermuda and paid no Canadian Income Tax.

J.D. Irving Limited

It was the growth of Irving Oil which largely financed K.C. Irving's other endeavours....
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