A message from the Otey family…

It is with great sadness but overwhelming gratitude that we write to inform you that our beloved Wade passed away on Wednesday afternoon, December 2nd, surrounded by his family. His peaceful passing was a gracious end to his long and heroic battle with cancer and exactly how he would have wanted to finish the final leg of The Long Ride.

We want to thank you all for riding along in the “support van”, picking him up when he was sagging, and reminding him of just how big of an imprint he is leaving upon this world. Having this outlet to share his story, gallows humor, and inherent wittiness, kept him going when the road got steep… and the road got steep.

Once it is safe enough for a gathering, we will hold a Celebration of Life in Charlotte, NC. We will post the details on this blog once it is planned. We look forward to seeing many of you, sharing stories, and celebrating our dearest Wade.


The Otey Family

Wade’s obituary will run in The Charlotte Observer and The Washington Post on Sunday:

5 thoughts on “A message from the Otey family…

  1. Hi Peggy I am sure you don’t remember me. I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Wade and you briefly in Nashville when we played rugby together. I am so sorry for your loss. Bill

  2. Thank you guys for posting this. Thinking of you all and sending loads of love your way. Wade did life in such an impressive way. A shining example for all of us. Love this photo too.

  3. Thank you for sharing this with us! I had the good fortune of meeting Wade 4 years ago but it seems like much longer. We were instant friends and took to the streets later that year. We’ve shared what are some of the most memorable moments of my life. We will always call you both, Peggy, our dear friends. I know he’s glad to be where he once again feels strong but know that he misses you more than words can say. If we can ever be of help or you just want to sit together and bask together in his memories, you let us know. 828-773-2726.

    Stephanie & Sherri

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