We lost a great friend and partner. Leo Baribeau passed away September 24th at the age of 73. Leo’s wife Ginny, and daughter Sheila, were at his side as he left this world peacefully with the people he loved most.
Leo had an iconic presence in the produce industry. He was a founding member of The Star Group, Chairman of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association in 2003, and Chairman of the Canadian Horticultural Round Table. He received awards for the CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and The Packer Canadian Produce Person of the Year in 2004. Along with this, his work on many national and international boards and task forces, he helped to shape the fresh produce industry across North America.
Leo was a great storyteller and could always capture a crowd with his sense of humour. His true gift was that he always had time for people. Leo would spend the time to mentor, teach, and coach so many, giving of himself and sacrificing for others. He will be dearly missed by all.
A link to the obituary can be found here – The Star Phoenix