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:
Dave Hanley was hilarious, warm and added more joy to our lives in the past 5 years than we can express. It's a devastating loss. Mad love. pic.twitter.com/J2papdWyep— @LauraBabcock
Whenever I spent time with Dave Hanley, I’d leave thinking to myself *I should really spend more time with him* Think we all felt that.— @AndrewGerrioor
Hard to put this kind of loss into 140 characters. Dave Hanley was a joy to work with. Our deepest sympathy to his family & friends. ❤️— @MillsHardware