Bermuda-based Bacardi Limited announced that George H. Dorion, 91, long-time company director and great-grandson of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, passed away on April 14th at his Jacksonville home.
“For more than 25 years, he has been dedicated to developing the business by helping us lead the way in environmental stewardship and supporting the development of new products that reflect current trends,” said Facundo Bacardi, chairman of the family-run Bacardi Limited.
Bacardi Bottling Corp. is based in Jacksonville, where it bottles Bacardi rum products and employs more than 200 people.
Dorion, a chemist, joined the family business in Puerto Rico in 1969 to work in the rum distillery, which the company claims is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.
After moving to Jacksonville, he helped set up a research and development laboratory for the company as a center of excellence for testing new products and flavors.
Dorion worked at Bacardi in Jacksonville for 25 years before retiring in 1995.
“His legacy will be honored at the venue that was renamed the George and Dottie Dorion Product Development Center for his and his wife’s 60th wedding in 2017,” said a press release.
George and Dottie Dorion have lived in Jacksonville for more than 50 years. Your support includes the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee and the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Jacksonville.
The couple has also sponsored fellowships for family members of Jacksonville Bacardi Bottling Corp. employees through the Northeast Florida Community Foundation. set up.
He is survived by his 63-year-old wife Dorothy “Dottie” Dorion, three sons and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Bacardi Limited says it is the largest privately held liquor company in the world. It produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines.
The brand portfolio includes more than 200 brands and labels, including Bacardi Rum, Gray Goose Vodka, Patron Tequila, Dewars Scotch Whiskey and more.
The company was founded in Santiago de Cuba more than 159 years ago and employs more than 7,000 people, operates production facilities in 11 countries and sells its brands in more than 170 countries.
His obituary on Würdememorial.com states that he is an internationally respected research leader in the fields of photochemistry, polymer systems, digestion / disposal of anaerobic waste, fermentation and distillation processes and product development. He held eight patents, published three books, and presented more than 23 professional bulletins and reports in the fields of photochromism, graphics and data display, permeability, polymers, methane production, and anaerobic digestion of distillery, citrus and food waste.
He died two days before he was 92 years old.
Services will be private.