|Death: ||Dec., 1998|
Business Magnate,, Philanthropist.. Mr. Smucker is credited with helping transform the J. M. Smucker Company from a small, regional jam and jelly manufacturer to the world's largest and most recognizable manufacturer of preserves, jams, jellies and other fruit-spread products, ice cream toppings, and natural peanut butter.
Paul was born in Orrville, Ohio the grandson of company founder Jerome Smucker. He started with the company as a stock boy and sweeping floors in 1939. During his life he would work every job position within the company. He married Lorraine Smith in 1940 and together they had 2 sons.
After serving in the war, Mr. Smucker became Smucker's general manager, a position he held until he became the company's president in 1961. In 1970, he assumed the additional titles of chairman and chief executive. It was during this time that the company became a global powerhouse in the food market, thanks in part to one of the most recognizable add campaigns "With a name like Smucker's...it has to be good." This slogan was voted number 5 in a list of the greatest add slogans in history published in Forbes magazine. Paul also started the J.M. Smucker foundation, which has many philanthropic ventures, and donates millions of dollars a year to schools, and hospitals.
Eventually Paul turned control of the company over to his sons, and became chairman of Smucker's executive committee, a position he held until his death.
Lorraine S. Smucker (1918 - 2003)*
Crown Hill Cemetery
Created by: Jason Winkleman
Record added: Jan 16, 2009
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