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The Shoe Man
Date of birth
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Bata was born into a properous family business of shoemaking and moved to Canada in 1939.
Thomas J. Bata, 1914-2008, Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic.
Bata was born into a properous family business of shoemaking. In 1939, with war in the air, Bata moved to Canada, setting up a factory town: Batawa, Ontario. He served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Despite destruction of business properties in Europe, Bata’s shoe empire survived the war, and the headquarters for the business were moved to Canada in 1964. Bata passed control of the company on to his son in 1984.