Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Remembering Kyle Lee

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Editor’s Note: Kyle Lee passed away on March 6 at the age of 50. He worked at Creative Loafing as production/art director from 1991 to 2003 and returned for a brief stint handling art and web production in 2011-2012. We asked Ann Wicker, former CL managing editor who worked closely with Kyle for over a decade, to write a few words commemorating his time at the Loaf.

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Over the last week as word spread about Kyle Lee’s death, his friends expressed shock, dismay and sadness — and an outpouring of concern for his family, especially wife Candace.

This concern was a perfect reflection of Kyle. He always thought about family and friends first.

We worked together at Creative Loafing for 10 years give or take. He was a talented graphic artist — I loved laying out newspaper pages with him. He could always make what we envisioned happen. He had a gift for design of both pages and ads, which in the newspaper business endeared him to both the editorial side and the advertising side. And that — believe me — was no small feat.

Kyle had a knack with computers and seemed to be able to make the recalcitrant machines we had back in the 1990s behave most of the time. He was also a talented guitarist and music lover. Sometimes folks who are creative aren’t practical, but Kyle could also help fix the brakes on your car.

He had a way of focusing on solutions, rather than problems, which served him well in the newspaper business and in life.

Personally, I regret that I hadn’t seen him in a while. I’d sometimes run into him at the grocery store, and we’d catch up. I will miss his warmth, his smile and his ability to connect with almost anyone.

Happy trails, dear friend.

— Ann Wicker
Associate Editor, 1991-1999
Managing Editor, 1999-2003

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