Grainger Weston, who has died a month before his 100th birthday, was the heir to an Anglo-Canadian bakery empire but chose a different life as a Texas rancher, entrepreneur and philanthropist in his own right.
(George) Grainger Weston was born in 1923, son of Willard Garfield Weston (1898-1978), of Chester House, Clarendon Place, London W1, and Toronto, and his wife the former Reta Lila Howard (who died in 1967).
The Weston family is a prominent family of entrepreneurs that was founded in Canada and eventually developed global business interests, primarily in the food and retail sectors. The family operations began with the purchase of a bakery in 1884 by American-born Canadian George Weston in Toronto, Ontario. Over the course of subsequent decades, his descendants also established themselves in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States.
Grainger Weston married 15 February, 1950 (div. 1987), the Hon Caroline Cecily Douglas-Scott-Montagu (1925-2017), daughter of the 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, KCIE, CSI, JP, DL (1866-1929), of Palace House, Beaulieu, Hampshire, and his second wife the former Alice Pearl Crake (1895-1996), by whom he had issue, four sons, Galvin, Gregg, Glenn and Graham, and a daughter, Sarah.