(Sept. 28) Hundreds of Floridians packed a Bradenton, Fla., church Sept. 26 to recall the life of a tomato industry and community leader.

Dan McClure, 80, owner of West Coast Tomato Inc., Palmetto, Fla., died Sept. 23 after being diagnosed with cancer in January.

McClure had run his family’s third-generation tomato growing and shipping operation that shipped from the Palmetto and Manatee county region, Immokalee, Fla., and southern Georgia since the mid-1950s.

“He was willing to work at something different whether he liked it or not and always went along with the good of the cause or the direction of the industry,” said Jim Grainger, owner of Grainger Farms and co-owner of Tomatoes of Ruskin Inc., Ruskin, Fla.

Long involved in Florida’s tomato and produce industry, as well as numerous state and civic causes, McClure had served on tomato organizations’ boards and with the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.

McClure is survived by his wife, Corrine; four children; and seven grandchildren.