On Saturday, December 10, 2017, family and friends from several states began celebrating the birthday of Mr. Edward J. Wright, CMSgt, USAF (Ret) with a drop-in at the home of oldest daughter. The next day Mr. Wright, his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Mary Wright, their son, Ed, daughters, Wanda, Sharon, and Mary Ann, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family members and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner at a local hotel while reflecting on the life of a man who has meant so much to so many.
Edward Julius Wright was born in 1927 in the tiny hamlet of Rantowles. He’s a 1946 graduate of Burke High and after being drafted, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the tender age of 18. Mr. Wright’s military career was extraordinary. He traveled extensively and received numerous awards and promotions—including reaching the elite rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After retiring from the military in 1976, he embarked on another career as industrial technician at a local company. After 10 years with that company, Mr. Wright worked for another 20 years as a tax preparer and advisor.
Now, at 90, Mr. Wright isn’t done yet. He continues to serve as the Senior Warden at Mt. Olivet Reformed Episcopal Church; he recently completed a documentary about his life, and is working on the manuscript for his first book, “After 90 Years of Life, Love and Learning, I’m Not Done Yet,” which will be available in January 2018. Congratulations Mr. Wright!