James Del Cioppo, VP of sales and marketing at Marine Equipment & Supply Company (Mesco) in the US, passed away on August 2 after a six-month battle with cancer.

“Jim’s unique and forceful personality as well as his wit, intellect and charm were appreciated and admired by all who got to know him,” says Mesco president Don Kirkland. “Jim was a one-of-a-kind character and a tremendous asset to Mesco. He will be missed by so many.”

Del Cioppo spent more than 40 years working in the marine industry. He spent the last 27 years at Mesco, working his way up from sales manager to eventually become VP of sales and marketing.

IBI sends its condolences.