OBITUARIES

In 2001, the industry lost several food distribution executives who helped lead the industry to where it is today. Those who died include the following:ate member of the founding family of Giant Food, Landover, Md.Morton Wolfson, 81, owner of a ShopRite in Lincoln Park, N.J.February:Basilio DiGregorio, 88, founder of California Supermarkets, Gallup, N.M.Joseph Obuchina Jr., 76, who worked as vice

In 2001, the industry lost several food distribution executives who helped lead the industry to where it is today. Those who died include the following:

ate member of the founding family of Giant Food, Landover, Md.

Morton Wolfson, 81, owner of a ShopRite in Lincoln Park, N.J.

February:

Basilio DiGregorio, 88, founder of California Supermarkets, Gallup, N.M.

Joseph Obuchina Jr., 76, who worked as vice president at A. Duda & Sons, Oviedo, Fla.

March:

Norman Leevers, 87, owner of an IGA in Devil's Lake, N.C.

April:

George Chirtea, a former vice president of merchandising at Supervalu, Minneapolis

Lee Korman, 43, owner of a Shop 'n Bag store in Brigantine, N.J.

May:

Jack R. Muratoi, 72, former executive vice president and director of King Kullen, Bethpage, N.Y.

June:

John Farquhar, group vice president of food-safety programs at the Food Marketing Institute, Washington.

David Moore, 69, president of the Western Grocers Association, Bakersfield, Calif.

September:

Cleo Stater, 89, a founding member of Stater Bros. Markets, Colton, Calif.

Robert F. Deweese, who had a long history with various companies

October:

Stanley Ravitz, 80, retired operator of ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Lex Sewell, 64, co-owner of Memphis-based Sewell-Allen, the largest Piggly Wiggly franchisee in Tennessee

November:

Sidney Goldstein, a retired executive at Stop & Shop Supermarkets, Boston

Haig Harotunian, 83, retired vice president of Star Markets, Boston

James Kufeldt, 63, former president of Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla.