Third-generation fruit grower Rocky Varapodio has ended his 40-year career. Varapodio said in an interview: “I’ve really enjoyed the work, but I feel it is time to move on from the industry. I’m grateful to my family, friends, colleagues and staff, who have been terrific. The industry has been good to us.”
Business veteran Pauline Mackin said it must be unusual to have worked for 40 years and “not had a cross word with the boss”.
Varapodio developed and built-on the business he took over from his father, community leader Santo Varapodio. About 18 months ago, the Varapodio business became part of a merged company with three other family orchard businesses, called Pomona Valley, established by the Ontario Teachers Superannuation Fund. The family has been a major contributor to community projects over the years.