The president of Exeter Produce & Storage Co. Ltd., Leonard Veri, 76, died March 1 while vacationing in Asia. He had been president of the Exeter, Ontario, company for 55 years at the time of his death.
Veri’s family business is in its fourth generation of growing field and greenhouse vegetables. Since its beginning in 1951, the company’s field operation has grown to more than 4,000 acres. In recent years the family expanded into the greenhouse industry, building a 25-acre glass facility.
Produce from the field and greenhouse operations is marketed under the Veri Fine brand in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean, the company website states. The firm relocated its bell pepper line to a new facility in December. The expansion allows for a production increase from 3,700 tons to 5,000 tons annually. Sales are expected to increase 34% annually with the new facility.
Survivors include his wife, Noel; two sons, Jim and Michael; and a daughter, Michele. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be forwarded via the funeral home’s website, www.haskettfh.com.