ILWACO, WASHINGTON – Steve McConnell, Chair of the Craft3 Board of Directors, released the following statement on the passing yesterday of Craft3 Founder and CEO John Berdes after a battle with lung cancer:
“It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce that John Berdes passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon. We have lost a leader, a mentor, and a friend – but John left in his wake a strong organization and legacy. Craft3 has the impact it has because John was strong, determined, deeply thoughtful, and frequently brilliant. John dedicated his life to helping those around him, and the greater Craft3 and community development families will miss him terribly. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts.”
Adam Zimmerman will remain Acting President and CEO of Craft3.
In this difficult time, John’s family asks for privacy, and that any tributes be made to The Harbor resource center in Astoria or Lower Columbia Memorial Hospice via Columbia Memorial Hospital. You can also share memories of John on the Craft3 Facebook page.