The food industry lost several of its founding fathers during 1997. They included:
in 1955 after selling the Big Ben stores to the Corvette-Hills chain.
Anthony Rini, 90, one of the founders of Rini Supermarkets, Cleveland, which merged with Rego Supermarkets and American Seaway Foods (a group of independent wholesalers) in 1988 to form Riser Foods, Maple Heights, Ohio.
Herbert "Orby" Schear, 89, co-founder and former chairman and president of Liberal Markets, D