I heard the news last night that my friend Marc Orchant passed away.
The world has lost a truly great man.
Marc suffered after a massive heart attack last week Sunday morning at his home in New Mexico and never recovered from it.
I met Marc when Jeremy Wagstaff contacted us both about a Loose Wire article for WSJ.com on the Moleskine. We started an email conversation from our shared appearance in that article, and had kept in touch ever since.
In my dealings with Marc, I found him an incredibly optimistic, encouraging and passionate guy. His optimism rubbed off on me every time we talked, and his encouragement of my work and me as a person will not be forgotten.
Even though we never met in person, Marc had a way of immediately treating me as an old friend. I was always encouraged by talks with him, and his high opinion of my work and thoughts. Marc bought the coffee items I created and sold, and constantly supported me with his encouraging words.
Marc, I'm really going to miss you buddy.
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