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In Memoriam: Burnbrae Farms co-founder Joe Hudson

Joe Hudson, co-founder of Burnbrae Farms, has passed away. He was 94 years old.

Hudson, who was recognized as a Grocery Business Hall of Fame Legend in 2021, founded Burnbrae Farms with his brother Grant. At 13, he, along with his father, Arthur and brother Grant, began a school project of raising 50 chickens, and the business grew from there.

A young Joe Hudson, left, is pictured here with his father Arthur, centre, and older brother Grant in 1943. Image: Burnbrae Farms

Hudson has received many awards for marketing excellence, innovation in egg processing product development and community support. Among them, in 2001, he received the Golden Pencil Award. In 2007, he received the “We Care Hall of Fame Award” from the Canadian Food Service Industry. In 2012, he was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Most recently, in February 2023, he received the Lifetime Business Achievement Award from the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce. The same chamber also recognized Hudson as Business Person of the Year in 2005.

He was a generous supporter of communities and gave of his time, expertise and money. Hudson was known for his passion and commitment to feeding people and supported causes like Operation Harvest Sharing, now known as the Brockville Foodbank. In addition to his support of the Brockville General Hospital and Brockville YMCA, he co-founded a softball league in the area and, for many years, chaired the Hudson Burnbrae Foundation, which continues to support causes important to the family.

Margaret Hudson, Joe Hudson’s daughter and the president and CEO of Burnbrae Farms, began working with her father full-time starting in 1990 and for over 20 years. She says he was a visionary, “a leader, a mentor, and a trusted friend to family and many at Burnbrae Farms and in our community. He loved our family, the village of Lyn, and the company he built, Burnbrae Farms.”

Joe Hudson and family members, including Margaret Hudson, standing on the right, and her sister Sue Hudson, far right. Image: Burnbrae Farms

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