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James Walter Brown, who worked for Ralphs Grocery Co. for a half-century before taking reins of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) died Friday just a week shy of his 82nd birthday.

According to a statement released by WAFC executive vice president Carole Christianson, “Extremely humble and a man of great integrity, people were always his first priority. Jim was a great communicator, operator, and, most importantly…friend. He will be missed. We have lost a treasure.”
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