Milton J. Cork

Plot O, Lot 17
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Coming to Toronto as a boy from his hometown of Picton, Ontario, where he was born in 1870, Milton Cork obtained his elementary education in the Toronto public school system and, at the age of 16, began working in his father’s grocery store at 335 King Street East. It was here that a young fellow from Alliston, Ontario, Theodore Loblaw, found a job a few years later. Loblaw and Cook became good friends and soon each opened his own grocery store. A few more years went by, and the boys decided to try something new, the self-serve grocery store. This concept had worked in a small way in the United States and, in 1919, Loblaw and Cork decided to pool their resources and give it a try in Canada. Except for Cork’s desire to remain behind the scene, shoppers today might be buying meats and groceries at Cork’s. Instead, of course, the name Loblaw’s has become synonymous with the term supermarket. Following the death of T. P. Loblaw in 1933, Cork became president, then chairman of the board. He himself died at the age of 87 at his Old Forest Hill Road home on April 21, 1957, with the funeral service the following Tuesday.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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