Jim Price, a 20-year veteran of the music industry, died after a two-year struggle with cancer on April 14 at his home in Tamarac, Fla. He was 42.

For the last 16 years, Price worked at Alliance Entertainment Corp., mostly as the director of purchasing. "His contribution at AEC and the relationships he developed with his peers, co-workers and vendors was remarkable and immeasurable," said AEC senior VP Robert DeFreitas, in an e-mail to co-workers and peers on Price's passing. "He was a gifted and invaluable mentor to the buyers, in particular to those who were new to the department. More than anything, Jim will be missed for his ever affable and jovial manner and the ease with which he carried himself around the building."

Prior to his tenure at AEC, Price was store director at Peaches in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. While at AEC, he was known for his love of sports, the University of Miami Hurricanes, alternative rock folk music and Wilco in particular.

Price is survived by his wife Mimi, mother Barbara, sisters Janet and Julie and his dog Casey. The funeral arrangements have yet to be set. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the University Of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.