The A.D. Makepeace Company, based in Wareham, is the world’s largest cranberry grower, the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts, and a recognized leader in environmentally responsible real estate development and stewardship. Cranberries are our heritage and our livelihood. Our 168-year history in the cranberry industry affects the way we do business, and it strengthens the communities we build.
LIFE on the BOG
A Tribute to Mr. Canning
The A.D. Makepeace Company has renamed its new Carverside cranberry bogs in honor of Richard E. Canning Jr., a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
In an emotional private ceremony, members of the Board and ADM staff offered words of tribute to Mr. Canning then unveiled the design of a commemorative sign that will be posted at the bogs this spring.
Summing up the thoughts of those in attendance, Board Chairman Robert S. Karam said, “You are a true gentleman and a great friend, and we have all learned so much from you.”
Christopher Makepeace, who was president of the company when Mr. Canning joined the Board in 1995 as its first “independent” director, reminisced about their work together and read a quote that Mr. Canning had given him then, beginning, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.”
Mr. Canning was accompanied by his wife, Shirley, son Craig, and daughter Cheryl Canning Quast.
The Canning Bogs, located in the town of Plymouth north of the ADM offices, consist of four state-of-the-art rectangular bogs planted with new hybrid cranberry varieties which were bred for increased yields and to withstand increased fruit quality pressures due to climate change.