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Wayne is gone . . . 
6th-Nov-2006 07:48 pm
rain leaves : charliemc
I stayed home from work today, and Amy called to let me know that Wayne passed away on Saturday.

Even though we knew it could be any time, when I last talked to him a few weeks ago he sounded completely normal. And Jeff ran into him at the Mac Club a week or so ago and he was talking about next festival . . . I guess you're never prepared.

I can't imagine what it will be like without Wayne around. He's been a part of my life for 20 years, and he was one of the most interesting, entertaining, sometimes aggravating and always fun to know people in my wide world of personalities. How many conversations did we have over the years, and how many times did I feel impatient during those conversations, needing to work or wanting to go home as he sat in my office shooting the shit? Certainly not in the past year or two . . .

If there's anything aging and experience teaches you, it's patience and appreciation for the people around you.

And the last time I remember seeing Wayne was the night of our annual meeting. He had gotten his Director of the Year plaque, and he was pretty wasted and pretty emotional. I think he knew it was the end, even though we talked about what he'd do next year at the parade. And this past year he sat with me in the command post for the first time, sharing his thermos of hot coffee (which certainly came in handy).

I know we should have spent more time with him, but it seemed he wanted to choose his own way out. And I had the chance to talk to him a few weeks ago and tell him I loved him and missed him. But I don't think he knew how much . . .

There's not going to be a service. Judy has invited people over the house on Saturday to share their thoughts and memories of Wayne, and we'll go and do that.

Today we had an amazing rain and wind storm, with freakish high temperatures and rising waters. It seems fitting. And all I've done all day is play computer games and eat. (I haven't been able to log into my work computer from home.)

Wayne, I hope you're finding things interesting, wherever you may be, my friend. I'll never forget the way you always called me "Boss," probably the only board member who regularly has. I really don't think the festival will be the same without you, certainly not for me.

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7th-Nov-2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I can only imagine how hard this is for you. Reading this made me cry...

I think of how Wayne loved his cats, just as we love our cats. How often did we talk cats with him?

He loved Washington, D.C. as much as I did -- and he and I spoke about the city over and over again...

I loved hearing about all his travels -- and the various alcohol he'd try. (smile) He loved life so much and lived it to the hilt. An example to us all, really.

We saw him so many places over the years. I can't imagine never seeing him again in this world. So hard.

I guess it was good we couldn't get into LJ today. And I'm glad you were home when we found out. And the heavens seemed to cry for our loss -- don't you think?

It was nice to just sit around in comfy clothes and play games and screw off...

You are the boss! And I bet Wayne is smiling down right now and still calling you that...

7th-Nov-2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Both your posts made me cry. Life is so fragile and precious. *hugs*
7th-Nov-2006 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry. *hugs*
7th-Nov-2006 06:43 am (UTC)
What fond memories you have of Wayne. Time and memories are great healers.

May you be at peace, Wayne. Your friends are thinking of you.

And (((((Hugs)))) to the Divine Miss M.
11th-Nov-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry you will miss your friend! I'm sure he will always be in your heart.
Like the water in your beautiful icon, his reflection will always shine in your life!
Each time your hand reaches into the ripples his essence of joy in life will touch you once again.
May his soul be blessed!
11th-Nov-2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your friend...

Seems he had a lovely life and may be just toasting at you from a cloud!;)
14th-Nov-2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope he has found peace.
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