It is with deep sadness that I must share with you that we have lost our dear friend James Winpenny. He passed away last night after battling with illnesses for the past year. I can’t begin to tell you how much he will be missed by the readers of this blog but much more so by his family and friends. Our heart and love goes out to them in their time of grief.

Jim was a great writer and cared very much about this blog and work tirelessly even in his toughest days to bring all of us more knowledge and understanding about this wonderful place. Writing was his passion and we are all better for the words he left behind here in this blog.

There will be much more to come about this great man in the days ahead, Jim, we miss you dearly.

Bruce Fisher


  1. To Jim’s family, my thoughts are with you and I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly.
    Yes, I agree Isabel, Jim’s left some mighty big shoes to fill. He was an amazing writer and I so enjoyed reading his informative and funny blog posts.

  2. My deepest condolences to Jim’s family. Thank you for all your hardwork, you will be missed. Your shoes will be hard to fill.

  3. Wanna know something great about Jim Winpenny? His favorite cartoon character was Michigan J. Frog…the singing frog from the Warner Brothers cartoons. How could you not admire an advertising copywriter who had that kind of youthful spirit?

    Jim Winpenny is perhaps the last of a great generation of advertising professionals. People like Steve Hirano, Ray Milici, Frank Valenti, Mique Quenzer.

    Aloha, Jim.

  4. Mahalo nui for the kind words about Jim, would love to have been a fly on the wall hearing you share with each other. I only knew him a short time and have a lifetime of stories, he will live on here in this blog forever!

  5. My prayers and thoughts are with Jim’s family. As has been noted previously, Jim was a gentleman and one of the pioneers of advertising in Hawaii. He will be missed.

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