Amy and I lost a dear friend today. Wayne Bradburn died at 6:30 a.m. after a brave fight with cancer.

Wayne managed the Jacksonville Center when we opened Blue Ridge Creative there in 2004 as one of the original anchor tenants. He was a fun-loving, caring man who hugged every woman he met. He quickly became a friend and remained one after we closed the business and left the center at the end of 2006.

When he came by Blue Ridge Muse several months back with the news of his cancer, he faced the disease with his trademark optimism.

Wayne usually had a smile on his face and a good word to say. When he retired from The Jacksonville Center, the organization lost a valuable resource and an excellent spokesman.

We will miss him. We will miss him a lot.