John V. Shields, Jr.


Age: 82

Summary: chief executive officer of Trader Joe's from 1988 to 2001 who made the quintessentially California grocery chain a national powerhouse by breaking out of the Golden State and building stores throughout the U.S. when sales surged from $132 millon annually to more than $2 billion during his tenure, but who also charted a course relentlessly eastward and expanded the chain from 27 stores to 174 despite questions about whether frost-bitten customers would cotton to TJ's laid-back style and genial, aloha shirt-clad "crews".

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: March 23, 1932

Died: October 31, 2014

Thousand Oaks, California