Dr. Conrad "Val" Valentino Wynne Jr.

Monday, November 9, 1953 - Sunday, January 19, 2020

"There is only love"

Photo of Dr. Conrad "Val" Valentino Wynne Jr. - 1953-2020

Candler- Conrad Valentino “Val” Wynne, Jr., MD died at age 66 from metastatic mesothelioma January 19, 2020 at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville, N.C.

Val leaves his wife and soul mate Regina Bland, MD; his mother, Jeanne Steinbrenner Wynne; two brothers, Christopher Wynne with wife Cathy, and James R. Wynne with partner Gloria Carroll; a sister, Jeanne Wynne Harrison with husband Steve; two sisters-in-law, Alice Wilson, and Debra Engholm with husband David; four nieces, two nephews and their families; cousins (who were like siblings) and their families. He also leaves friends who became like family, especially J. Barry Lewis, and Josè Rodríguez-Currás; as well as his new Asheville Sunday Supper neighbor group, other close friends, and his beloved pets and therapy dogs,  Stella and Nino.

Val was a pediatrician in Roanoke, VA from 1981-1988 and then in West Palm Beach, FL from 1989-2014. He was an astute clinician, and a caring physician and boss putting the care of patients and staff first. He retired to Candler, NC in 2014 where he became an avid gardener and small farmer on his beloved “La Podere”.

He was a caring man volunteering many hours and giving of time and goods to the Palm Beach County Home in West Palm Beach. He later volunteered in Asheville through OLLI at Manna Food Bank and the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters. 

Val was a man who loved new ventures. He loved traveling to Italy and became a dual citizen in 2013. He loved Regina’s Italian family as his own.

He loved learning things and taught himself hobbies such as beekeeping, woodworking, gardening, raising chickens, infusing of liquors, curing meats, learning the Italian language, and authentic pizza making. He was passionate about life and about sharing his goods and knowledge.

He loved to be a host for family in Florida and North Carolina. He loved to gather people and have a good time. He was able to connect and care about everyone across all walks of life.

Val and Regina found out about Val’s illness on January 9, 2019 on their 30th wedding anniversary. As with all things, Val tried to get well with all his might—undergoing chemotherapy, radical surgery, a myriad of treatments for pain relief. While the treatments proved unsuccessful, Val touched the lives of multitudes of caregivers and gained new friends along the way.  He shared his illness and dying as he did his life—allowing all to participate.

Val’s death leaves me heartbroken with our future retirement dreams shattered. But he told me on his deathbed that “Our love was forever, that there is only love, and that nothing could separate our love for each other.” After a bit of grieving, I plan to get back to “our work” of caring for and about folks.

To honor Val's request, no formal services will be held.

Donations in his memory can be made to CaringBridge; Arts for Life—a nonprofit which supports art opportunities to children in N.C. in hospital and clinic settings; Solace Hospice Center in Asheville; or a charity of your choosing.

“There is only love”
-Val January 16, 2020

Condolences from family and friends

What a wonderful obituary to memorialize your Val! I know my sons Dan & Aaron, DIL Kay & grandson Ben respected & loved Dr. Val. So very glad Ben's videos & visits made a difference at the end. You are very fortunate to have had such a phenomenal relationship with Val. Sorry it ended prematurely. Cherish the memories! Much respect & appreciation. Sending helping, healing spirits your way. Dianna Branson
Dianna Branson
Regina and family, words are never sufficient, of course, but please know that I've been thinking of you all week ever since I heard the news of your beloved Val's passing. My heart breaks for you. Please know how much you are...and will remain...in my prayers and thoughts during this time of intense grief and in the months to come. Sending love and wishes for beautiful memories to somehow sustain you during this very time.
Sharon Webb
What a beautiful tribute to Val. In our time with Val, we found him to be a very kind, giving, good-natured man who laughed easily. We enjoyed working with him at VRQ. He has been missed and always will. If you need anything from us, please reach out. May your days be filled with warm, loving thoughts and memories of Val.
Mary and John Ziebart
Regina he was a wonderful man and so very caring for everyone. Our condolences to you and the entire extended family. We know he will be preparing a special place for you when your time comes. We will keep you in our prayers.
Kathleen M Gainey
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Val was such an inspiration in our Pulmonary Rehab class. So full of life and always ready with a kind word of encouragement for others. He will be missed.
Grace Bishop
Val's absence from our VRQ mission has been felt this entire year, as well as your's, Regina, while you focused your love and energy on getting him well. I am so sorry the outcome is not what you hoped for. Prayers went out for you both over the past year and will continue as you adjust to the loss of your husband.
Ruthie Gordeuk