The craft brewing community is mourning the loss of Jim Button, co-founder of Village Brewery, one of the city’s most well-known and beloved craft brewers. Button, who was 59 this year, passed away on January 19, 2023.
Continue reading to know more about Jim Button’s cause of death, his career, and the legacy he left behind for family and friends.
Who was Jim Button? Know more about him
Jim Button was a founding member of Calgary’s Village Brewery, a craft brewer. He was regarded as a mentor and a role model for many people and was well-known for his love of community development.
He was also a philanthropist who sought to raise millions of dollars for the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine’s Chair in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship. He was also well-known for organizing a swab-a-thon at the Village Brewery to help a childhood buddy who was fighting leukemia find a donor match for a transplant that would save their lives.
Many people in the community were shocked and saddened by his passing because of how well-respected he was.
How did Jim Button die? What was his cause of death?
Jim Button passed away recently after a lifelong battle with cancer. He had been battling the disease for several years, during which time he continued to focus his energies on building community. He announced his death on his online blog in a farewell letter he had prepared in advance, in which he wrote about living a full life with few regrets and many adventures, love, gratitude, and friendships.
Button’s death was a loss for the entire community, his contributions to the industry and his community will be remembered for a long time. The brewery plans to carry on his legacy and continue to be guided by his values and principles. The family and the brewery ask for privacy during this difficult time and for people to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
Tributes pour in for Jim Button
Expressing his grief over Jim Button’s death, his friend Greg Clark shared a Facebook post. He wrote, “The last time I saw Jim Button was on a walk with our pal Avnish Mehta on a glorious fall day. We talked politics (of course), family (obviously), and how each of us was doing in our lives. For those of you who know Jim, it was exactly like the hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of similar encounters. Jim was curious, caring, thoughtful, sweet, and damn funny. I came away knowing more than I did when we started, and I felt inspired to do some good in the world.
That is Jim’s legacy. Well, that and the incredible family he nurtured and who I know he loved as much as anyone can be loved.
The world is a lesser place without you, but so much better for you having been in it.
Love you Jim. ❤️❤️”
Another one of Jim Button’s friends, Mandy Stobo, wrote, “To the moon and back, to the baboon and back, to the hopes and dreams and connections and teams and back. Again. And again.
Love you forever, our ultralight beam, the only one who could always show us what things really mean- our one and only, Jimmy. Love you so much. Forever and always. Can’t wait to paint every day in the studio with you. My heart, Jim Button 💥❤️💥 (don’t know what else to say as I’m bawling and you told me I’ve cried enough 😂 I just can’t stop) love you. So much. So so much.”
We send our sincere condolences to Jim Button’s family, friends, and all those who loved him on the tragic occasion of his passing. We ask God to give each of them the courage they need to get through this difficult period. God grant Button’s soul eternal peace.
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