JOHN R. WIGGINS
Mr. Creemore Springs, Founder of Creemore Springs Brewery. Born October 19, 1931 passed away April 10, 2021 peacefully. Beloved husband of Sylvia Joan (van Steenburgh) Wiggins (deceased). Father to Christopher, Sheri (John) and Lisa (Dan). Grandfather to Michael (Elyse), Taylor, Spencer, Joshua, Daniel (Liz), Emily and Jonny. Great-grandfather to Daxton. John’s career was as a designer in advertising and marketing from which he retired to open Creemore Springs Brewery in 1987.
John will be missed by his family, many friends and community. When restrictions ease and we can do him justice, a celebration of life will most certainly be held. Cheers!
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
John Wiggins was a visionary and entrepreneur, whose idea of launching a craft brewery in the middle of Creemore sparked a revitalization of the village.
Wiggins launched Creemore Springs Brewery in 1987, with the motto ‘One Hundred Years Behind the Times’, opening in a former hardware store building that he had purchased about a decade earlier when the family moved to the area.
The beer used but four ingredients in its brewing process: hops, yeast, water, and barley.
“He was one of the original members at Devil’s Glen (ski resort), so we were familiar with the area and he loved it,” said his daughter Lisa. “We had to move out of Toronto due to his health, so what better place than Creemore?”
Wiggins died on April 10. He was 89.
Wiggins was a graphic designer by trade, and shifted his advertising and marketing business from Toronto to Creemore soon after the family moved to the community. His design career was cut short by severe rheumatoid arthritis in his hands, and he landed on the idea of launching a brewery in a community that at the time was down on its luck.
Lisa said her dad wanted a beer with no preservatives because of his arthritis, and “he never wanted to be short beer again for entertaining clients” of his advertising and marketing business.
The brewery, which now employs about 90 people, was acquired by Molson in 2005.
Creemore Springs tweeted out a tribute to Wiggins, calling him “a beloved family man who put Creemore on the map as the founder of Creemore Springs Brewery.
“We’ll always be grateful to John for sharing his life with us and our thoughts are with his family.”