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Arthur Irving, owner of Irving Oil Ltd., dies at 93

Arthur Irving, the owner of Irving Oil Ltd. and the head of New Brunswick’s influential Irving family, has passed away at 93. 

In 2002, Arthur Irving was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2012, he received the Order of New Brunswick for his lifelong work building our province’s economy and his devotion to preserving our natural environment.

Irving ran Irving Oil for decades, including its Saint John refinery. He became famous for his obsession with customer service, especially his unannounced visits to check the cleanliness of Irving gas station washrooms.

Under his leadership as chairman of the Board, the company was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2017, a title the company has maintained for eight consecutive years.

Outside of the business, Irving served as chancellor of Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., from 1996 to 2010. He sat on the board of directors of Ducks Unlimited for 30 years, and founded the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation.

Irving Oil said in a statement on its website that he passed away Monday (May 13) surrounded by his wife, Sandra Irving, and daughter, Sarah Irving.

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