Jim Walsh, Former General Counsel of VGM Group Inc. has died after battling Cancer

The Waterloo community mourns the loss of one of its most esteemed figures, Jim Walsh. As the former General Counsel of VGM Group Inc., and the founder of JSA Development, Walsh was a driving force behind many of the city’s most significant rehabilitation projects. His passing on October 12, 2023, after a brave battle with cancer, leaves a void that will be deeply felt by many.

Who was Jim Walsh?

Jim Walsh was a respected figure in Waterloo, Iowa, known for his legal acumen, business savvy, and commitment to community development. As the General Counsel of VGM Group Inc., he provided invaluable advice and guidance. However, it was his work through JSA Development that left a lasting impact on the cityscape of Waterloo.

Jim Walsh Career

In 1999, Walsh embarked on a new venture with the establishment of JSA Development. The company began with the acquisition of a building at 315 E 5th Street, which now houses the renowned law firm of Clark, Butler, Walsh, and Hamann.

Over the course of 24 years, JSA Development transformed from a personal pursuit into a prominent corporate entity. The company has undertaken more than 22 historically significant rehabilitations, breathing new life into buildings once overlooked or abandoned.

Jim Walsh death, Know more about his Cause of Death

Jim Walsh passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. His resilience and spirit during this difficult time were a testament to his strength and character. The cause of Walsh’s death was cancer. He fought valiantly against the disease, demonstrating the same determination and resilience that marked his professional life.

The VGM Group, Inc.

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Beginning tonight, we light our building in green, orange, and white to honor VGM Co-Founder Jim Walsh who passed away this past Thursday. Jim was an innovative leader within the home medical equipment industry. And he was a passionate promoter of Waterloo and the surrounding community. Among his many community projects, Jim founded the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, which sponsors the annual Iowa Irish Fest. Hug your loved ones, and raise a glass tonight to Jim. He wouldn’t have it any other way. https://www.vgmgroup.com/blog/post/jim-walsh-vgm-co-founder-and-board-chairman-has-died-at-74

Jim Walsh Obituary

The loss of Jim Walsh is a significant blow to the Waterloo community. His contributions to the city, both in his legal career and through JSA Development, have left an indelible mark on the urban landscape.

As we mourn Walsh’s passing, we also celebrate his life and his contributions to Waterloo. His legacy will live on through the buildings he helped rehabilitate and the community he worked tirelessly to improve.

Mike Mallaro

Sad News – Jim Walsh passed away Thursday night. Jim was my mentor for the past 23 years. He was a visionary in business, law, development and much more. He was a co-founder of VGM with his best friend Van G Miller, and the two of them not only had a lot of fun but also built an amazing business. Also Jim redeveloped much of downtown Waterloo with purpose and vision. Funny, smart, understanding, proud dad and grandpa, bold and larger than life. Rest easy now, Jim.

Gary Kroeger

Our community has lost a giant among us. Jim Walsh was everything wonderful written about him and more. He could also be a bit irrascible but that was his honesty on display. My personal favorite memory of Jim was from my restaurant, Figaro Figaro. Jim hadn’t made a reservation on a packed Friday night but I found him a table. It was a small table in the midst of other small tables and he didn’t like it but he made no fuss. Before service started he handed me a business card. I thought that was odd since we knew each other. I flipped over the card and it said: “NO singing at my table!”I laughed and promised him no singing. Unfortunately every table around him came specifically for the singing. Jim took it in stride but I knew it wasn’t an experience he loved. I share this as an illustration of his honesty and the fact that he made every effort in our community to try everything. Even things he didn’t care for. I respected him greatly and his generosity is legendary

Our thoughts and prayers are with Walsh’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Jim Walsh – your spirit, dedication, and vision will not be forgotten.

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