F. Wayne McLeskey Jr., one of the most influential developers in the region, especially in Virginia Beach, died from complications of surgery Friday evening. He was 88.
Among his many holdings was the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet, and he leased out many shopping centers. In the Beach, he was one of the city’s largest taxpayers.
McLeskey developed Lynnhaven Marine in Virginia Beach, with its large indoor boatel, where boats were stored. In recent years, he sold the Indigo Dunes property off Shore Drive to the Sandler family, and he owned a large waterfront parcel in Norfolk’s Fort Norfolk.
For more than 30 years, Carl Isbrandtsen was McLeskey’s lawyer. On Friday, he said McLeskey began as his client, then grew to become a friend and mentor. Isbrandtsen called McLeskey a “big-picture” businessman who was slow to make decisions because he carefully considered the results of hisdecisions before making them.
“Whatever problem he faced, he asked, ‘How is it going to affect this situation down the road?’ ”