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: