Dave Hanley, co-founder of Pop Up Hamilton, dies

Dave Hanley, the co-founder of Pop Up Hamilton, has died.
Dave Hanley is seen here with his wife Nicole at the 2014 grand opening of the renovated lobby at the Royal Connaught in downtown Hamilton. (Movetohamont.com)

Dave Hanley, the co-founder of Pop Up Hamilton, has died.

Reports surfaced online of Hanley's death overnight, as many Hamiltonians expressed their sorrow for the loss of a man so passionate about the city and its food scene.

"We lost a truly dynamic and loving man tonight," said Theresa Hanley, on a GoFundMe Page that has been launched to raise money for Hanley's family.

"The family is reeling at this loss."

Hanley and his wife, Nicole Longstaff, were the founders of Pop Up Hamilton, a company that offered popular "unique tasting adventures" with chefs in unlikely locations throughout Hamilton, which were revealed 48 hours before they happened.

Hanley and his family moved to Hamilton from Toronto in June, 2013.

Many people posted on social media about the loss of Hanley: