William “Bill” K. Coors is dead at the age of 102.
According to a press release, the grandson of Coors founder Adolph Coors and former chairman of the company’s board died Saturday at his home. Coors spent more than 65 years with the company that bears his family’s name and was instrumental in changing the beer industry when he introduced the world to the the recyclable aluminum beer can in 1959.
“Our company stands on the shoulders of giants like Bill Coors,” said Mark Hunter, president and ceo of Molson Coors, in the press release. “His dedication, hard work and ingenuity, helped shape not only our company but the entire beer industry. We honor his memory by rededicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much – brewing the best tasting, highest quality beer to share with family and friends.”
Coors retired from the boards of both the Adolph Coors Co. and the Coors Brewing Co. in 2003, but he continued to taste test the company’s beer until just two years ago. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.