Macey's founder 'Walt' Macey dies

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  • Debbie
    Sept. 22, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    I shop almost exclusively at Macey's because I love the store and because they close on Sunday. I also love their committment to providing plenty of opportunity for purchasing all the necessaries for food storage. I love the feeling I get when I go into the store, because it is different from anywhere else. I hope and pray that continue to be the wonderful place I have grown to love. Thank you so much for doing the right thing.

  • Jon
    Sept. 21, 2009 8:07 a.m.

    Walt was one of the greatest people I've had the privilage of knowing. He was my Grandfather-in-law and unfortunatly I only knew him the last 3 years of his life. But, during that short time he gave me some of the most valuable advice anyone could get. He lived the gospel of Jesus Christ and it showed in his countenance and how he always served and loved others. I will sorely miss his councel and company but I know we will be together again.

    Thank you Grandpa.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 17, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    We love you Aunt Ann! Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you at this time!

    Love, The Brockbanks

  • M. D.
    Sept. 16, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    My Great-Uncle Walt was simply that - a great man.

    I will cherish the times I spent with him and his beloved Mary. He was living proof of what you can achieve with hard work and determination. His booming laugh and smile lit up a room and his personality was warm and infectious. I will fondly remember the glint in his eye when he would tease and his pride in his family. He was generous to a fault and was a blessing in so many people's lives.

    He was also an example of truly living your convictions every day - extending that committment to his business. He was loved by family and friends alike and we are better for having known him.

    Uncle Walt you will be missed-
    All my love

  • K. Mary
    Sept. 16, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    Ever since i was a little girl i remember my grandpa telling me that when the lord calls him home he wont be asked how many stores he opened or how much money he made. He will ask him how he treated his wife, how he was to his children and how he served the people around him. I can say that he absolutely had his priorities straight and even though he knew what was truely important, the way he lived his life did indeed radiate through how he ran his stores and i think people appreciated his way of doing things. He was a man with convictions and a man with a heart of gold! Pop, you served well. You loved well and you will be missed! I love you pop pop!! I miss you already and feel so blessed that you were and still are such a influential part of my life. Love you forever!!! Piggy Kisses!!!

  • Deb Winchester
    Sept. 16, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Macey at the VA nursing home. My heart goes out to Ann, who is such a wonderful lady as well as Mr. Maceys family. He had such a support team, not only by his family but the care that Traditions had provided for him. He will be sadly missed.

  • Doug
    Sept. 16, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    I love Macys because it feels like a hometown store, upholds community values (e.g. closed on Sunday), and provides great value. Customers realize they are not only supporting a good man, and the workers he hires by patronizing his store, but they are upholding community, hometown values. Thanks Walt!

  • John Green
    Sept. 16, 2009 9:10 a.m.

    My grandfather Dale A. Jones, was Macey's partner at Save a Nickel. My grandpa died in 1973 of hemochromatosis. He and my grandma had a great deal of respect for Walt.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 16, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    It is great to see a store closed on Sunday and fly an American flag................

  • Steven F. Smith
    Sept. 16, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    "CLOSED ON SUNDAY" - Courage and Dedication

    Our family has long loved Walt Macey. Joseph Fielding Smith was a close friend of Walts and told us all to do all we should to spend our money with a man that had the courage to buck the trend, and keep his business "CLOSED ON SUNDAY". Walt was true to his word and did just that. The day that the current owners open on Sunday, is the day that the Macey name should come off the building! As for our family we will contine to support the store that keeps God's comandment. Rest in Peace Brother Walt.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 15, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    Walt was a great man, and I feel very lucky to have known him. My love goes out to his family.

  • Jim Kennard
    Sept. 15, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    Bishop Macey was a wonderful bishop and a truly good man. We were blessed to live under his stewardship, and to know the family. Our sincere condolences. The Kennard Family

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 15, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    I greatly respect the fact that Macey kept his stores closed on Sundays. That takes guts and real integrity.

    I'm sorry there isn't a Macy's in Salt Lake City Proper.

  • Maang
    Sept. 15, 2009 12:19 p.m.

    To Walt's family: I only wish that there were more people like Walt and more stores like Maceys. Shopping at the old Rose Park store was a privilege and the attention we would get get from Walt and the rest of his workers was amazing. It is my privilege to have been able to know him.

  • Great guy.
    Sept. 15, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    I was honored to have such a man in my life!

  • Cindy
    Sept. 15, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    Wow, there goes a good soul. How do I know this when I never knew the man nor even of the man till today? Because of his store. There truly is a family-feeling at Macey's, just as they claim, and I love to shop there even though I have drive 20 minutes and pass five or six Smiths and Albertons and a Target and a Costco on my way. I would rather shop there than anywhere else.

    The concern always is, whenever a founder of some great business dies, that the store will upgrade and try to become more like other stores. I hope Macey's current leadership will hold to the principles that brings shoppers like me way out of their way to have the Macey's experience. Don't change a thing! Of all the Associated Foods Stores, Macey's is unique, and it is the best!

    Oh, and by the way, we support your Sunday closing policy. Thank you for doing that.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 15, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    Walt was an amazing man! I was lucky to have known him.

  • Howard Tayler
    Sept. 15, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Shopped at Macey's last night. It's a wonderful place, and hopefully an enduring legacy.