Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Former Great Harvest Bread owner Jack Corkey dies

We were deeply saddened to hear about the sudden death of Jack Corkey, owner of Great Harvest Bread Co located in Herndon and Vienna. Jack was a great friend of bicyclists in this area. Both shops are located adjacent to the W&OD Trail and their shop was a favorite stop for many cyclists. There is nothing better than a free slice of Great Harvest bread after a long ride.

Several years ago Jack tried to take advantage of the shop's proximity to the W&OD Trail by having bread delivered to the Vienna store using an electric-assist tricycle. Pat Kraker, who at one time worked at bikes@vienna, developed the trike and did the deliveries for several years. You may remember seeing the trike on the trail; it had a sign displaying how many gallons of gas were saved using the trike.

Jack supported the Reston Bike to Work Day event from the very first year in 2002. He donated bread rolls every year and they were one reason many cyclists attended the event. Jack sold the store in 2009 and Tim, the new owner, has continued to support Bike to Work Day.

Jack was a great guy and will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched. There will be a a Remembrance Book at the Herndon location that will be presented to his wife Laurie, so if you want to share a fond memory of Jack, stop by and sign the book and if it's on Wed. the 12th have a slice of Jack's favorite bread, Country Whole Wheat.

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