When Garfield Weston took over as president of George Weston Limited, the company consisted of a biscuit plant and a bread bakery in Toronto. At the time of his death in 1978, Weston operations included bakeries, dairies, supermarket chains, forestry and fisheries with holdings on several continents. By setting his sails in the pursuit of excellence, Garfield had managed to become the world’s biggest baker and second largest grocer.
On January 11, 1978, W. Garfield Weston was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In recognition of his significant contribution to Canada’s economic prosperity, he was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.