Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

ORLANDO-Leo Trepanier, the Duluth, MN entrepreneur who moved to Central Florida 50 years ago and began buying strategic land parcels and vegetable farms for international frozen food magnate and real estate developer Jeno F. Paulucci, is being buried today in Sanford, FL where he lived and worked.

Trepanier died Oct. 7 at 87. Paulucci, 78, is Trepanier’s brother-in-law. Paulucci has been married to Trepanier’s sister, the former Lois Mae Trepanier, for 55 years.

Trepanier is the man behind the man who built the affluent community of Heathrow, FL, 25 miles north of Downtown Orlando. Trepanier quietly assembled 3,000 acres that Paulucci crafted into Heathrow 25 years ago.

Longtime Orlando area land brokers tell GlobeSt.com on condition of anonymity some of the 3,000 acres were purchased for less than a penny per sf. Today, some of the commercial acreage in Heathrow goes for at least $1 million per acre or $22.96 per sf, brokers tell GlobeSt.com.

Trepanier also acquired the 200-acre L&L Acres Ranch where he lived and raised prize Santa Gertrudis cattle. He offered the ranch free of charge to numerous civic groups such as the Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts and the Boys Scouts for their annual events. His deceased wife of 51 years was Florence Trepanier.

Along the way, Trepanier and his sister, Mrs. Paulucci, jointly acquired 800 acres in nearby Chuluota, FL as an investment.

Besides land, Trepanier bought celery and wild rice farms for years in Minnesota and Canada for one of Paulucci’s former flagship companies, Chun King. Paulucci started Chun King in 1945 with a loan of $2,500 from a friend and sold the company in 1966 to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for $63 million cash.

In Central Florida, Paulucci’s name is synonymous with real estate development in every category.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


GlobeSt. NET LEASE Fall 2021Event

This conference brings together the industry's most influential & knowledgeable real estate executives from the net lease sector.

Get More Information


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.