Willard Garfield Weston
Willard Garfield Weston, (February 26, 1898 - October 22, 1978), was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He led George Weston Limited and its various subsidiaries and associated companies, including Associated British Foods, for half a century and established one of the world’s largest food processing and distribution concerns. He also served as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons during World War II.
Role in Parliament
According to the website of Allied Bakeries:
- In 1939 he was elected by acclamation as a Conservative MP in the working class riding of Macclesfield, preaching Empire, unity and working harder for Britain. When war broke out he was appointed minister of supply, and acted as a secret emmisary for the British war cabinet in negotiations with both Ireland and the United States. His single most recognized contribution to the war effort was his personal donation of one hundred thousand pounds to purchase Spitfires to replace those lost in action on 18th August 1940.
- Aims of Industry, founding member | George Weston Limited | Buckingham University, named an endowed Chair after him, the Garfield Weston Professor of Philosophy, a position held by Professor Anthony O'Hear | Garry Weston, Son | Guy H. Weston eldest son of Garry Weston and Mary Weston, and brother of George G. Weston | Galen Weston son of W. Garfield Weston and grandson of the founder George Weston, brother of Garry Weston | Garry Weston the son of W. Garfield Weston, owner of the George Weston Limited | George G. Weston son of Garry Weston and grandson of Willard Garfield Weston, Chief Executive Associated British Foods | Garfield Weston Foundation | W Galen Weston son of Willard Garfield Weston and Grandson of George Weston | Weston Foods