The Phillies issued the following statement on the death of team owner, J. Mahlon “Jim” Buck, Jr., who passed away unexpectedly during the night on Tuesday, March 15, 2011:
“We are very sorry to learn of Jim Buck’s passing. Jim had been a part of the Phillies ownership group, with his brothers Whip and Bill, since December of 1981. His strength of character and steady leadership have been very important factors in the success of the Phillies today. Jim provided direction and consistent support for many of us in this organization. His wise counsel and warm friendship will be sorely missed.
Our heartfelt condolences are expressed to Elia, Jim’s loving wife, and to his son, Jim Buck, III, daughter-in-law, Lin Buck; to his daughter, Cackie Rogers, son-in-law, Joe Rogers; to his adored grandchildren and all of the Buck family. Jim’s death, along with the recent passing of Whip Buck last October, leaves the Phillies Organization with a profound sense of loss.”