Will always miss you, Kevin...sigh! A great buddy of a buddy, we at least got to hang out sometimes and I always looked forward to seeing Kevin! Although quite wacky, he also felt like a kindred soul in so many ways. What a huge heart and what a huge brain! With accompanying often huge wackiness! Real live 3-D Kevin was a lovely force!XXXXOOOO ad infinitum!
8 juli, 2014
Dag, Kevin. Denkend aan je vanochtend. Het is vandaag een jaar geleden dat ik je voor het laatst heb gezien. Lijkt eerder een heel mensenleven geleden dan maar een klein jaartje sinds je overlijden. Sindsdien is de wereld een stuk donkerder en kouder geworden. Het is in zoveel opzichten zo jammer en zo triest dat je het leven vroegtijdig moest verlaten. Ik doe mijn best wat van de goede herinneringen vast te houden. Als ik een heldere ster zie, ga ik ervan uit dat jij eraan schommelt.
Kevin, I know you can somehow hear me: I think of you all the time and miss you so much. This little candle is a reminder for everyone of your constant, brilliant light. You and Marlene BOTH are lights from heaven. Yes, you returned, and we are all still in unspeakable pain missing you here with us on Earth. The light you have still shines all around us, I see glimpses everywhere. Fortunately, Marlene is still here with us on earth and her light is as Divine as ever, shining resplendently and comforting me so much in ways she doesn't know from wherever she may be. Now, in her deep grief of losing you when she can't see her own light, she needs us. I pray for her, I cry for and with her, I reach out to her to tell her I love her very much. Light like hers is indeed so rare.
Marlene, you are beyond special, a unique gift to us all far beyond words, for your light, like Kevin's, is of the Divine, an angel from heaven. I knew this immediately when I first saw the two of you together, it was clearly obvious - two earth angels - I marveled and lost myself in the wonderment of it silently smiling with such relief. Let us help you and carry you through this surreal loss while you heal. Don't be alone, you are so loved. I don't have a number for you and I'm not sure if Kevin's cell is still operable, so if you could, PLEASE call me ANYTIME...please! 480-244-3827
Julie (w/geese Gift & Blessing)
One ordinary day in 1988 my life changed forever. It was the day I met Kevin Wright. A serendipitous moment that started me on the most amazing, most thrilling journey--my life as Kevin's wife. One look at those soft brown eyes and I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of him. I craved his every word, his every glance, his every waking moment. From the moment we met I knew we were meant to be together. We were together for the next 25 years and I was in love with him every moment of those 25 years. Kevin was the most remarkable man I've ever known. The depth of his brilliance was amazing. He had a wit that knew no bounds. He could charm the hardest of hearts. He had endless curiosity. He loved life. For 25 years I lived the most wondrous life with Kevin. There truly was never a dull moment with him. I am forever grateful Kevin chose me to be his wife. I don't know why he had to leave me when he did. The light has gone from my life. I will never again feel his hand hold mine or feel his arms hug me or feel the warmth of his body. I only know unrelenting sadness, loneliness, heartache, and despair. I will love you forever.
Dr. wright.This is Steve&Sharon La Clair of gold canyon,Az. We've known you since 2007.You were more than just our vet for our beloved bunnie Bingo II.You were a great friend who talked with me(steve) about our bunnie and about OTHER thing's. Our bunnie was going threw hell with his teeth and other problems. You and Dr. Johnson helped.ALOT. After 12 surgeries,Bingo had a tumer in his head and was coming out of surgry and he coded out and you did EVERYTHING to try and save my bunnie/BESTFRIEND Bingo. When I showed up to pick up Bingo, you gave me the bad/hard new's of him passing away.You gave me all the time I wanted to be with my bunnie/bestfriend after he was gone.And you helped me threw all the pain and suffering also. 1 month later we got 2 new bunnie's, Snoppy & cupcake. You meet them and fell in love with them as we did and your lovely staff did and still does. Snoopy & cupcake are 3.5 years old now and are doing good.Since knowing you, you've helped me threw alot. I just found out about your passing.You passed away 2week's after my dad did back in Wisconsin.I lost my bunnie,dad and now you.Hopefully your ALL together smileing with one another.I'll alway's will remember you, our talk's and your friendly smile. Thank you for all your help with Bingobunnie II and me. Steve. Will miss you as much as my bunnie. Take care. Thank u.
I knew Kevin when he was doing his externship at Miami Metrozoo. He was an amazing vet and personality! I also took my personal pets to him. He was the only one who got it right as far as my spaniel's ear infection. I spoke to Kevin years later when a good friend of ours passed away too soon as well. Unfortunately I was the first to call him and share this sad news. He ended up being the one to deliver the eulogy. I'm sure he and Damien Kong are sharing more reptile stories again. Kevin was always one of those folks that you remebered and remembered with respect and a smile. My best to his wife.
It's a month now that I know of Dr Wright's passing and like the writer below, the idea that he's really gone still just short circuits in my brain. Had the universe gone haywire that unthinkable day? Dr Wright is the last person who should have been taken early from this world, as he enjoyed it so much and spread that fun and joy around to everyone. I don't think I've ever seen writings in a condolence register like these here; or known another person who will be so missed by so many.
I've known Dr Wright for about 4 ½ years but I had the privilege of seeing him often during the last year, as one of my gerbils developed a dental problem and needed her teeth clipped every 10 days or so. He made me and my little pets feel important, providing expert care while regaling me with stories about his wide-ranging interests, everything from the Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem and the controversies around Zwarte Piet to Steampunk and Star Trek, to the bird or bunny he had just treated, or, on occasion, he would show me photos of interesting frogs and lizards and tell me about them, always coming with a smile, a hug and infectious enthusiasm. He often mentioned Marlene, and this last year I got to meet her. They were both with me the day we finally had to put little Mientje down.
I'm going to miss Dr Wright's invigorating presence, his encyclopedic knowledge, the ease of reaching him, the security of knowing he would always be there for my pets, all the threads of conversation so unexpectedly cut short, the elements of both whimsy and warmth added to my life.
It is my hope that I will not have to miss Marlene.
Dr. Wright, it has been five weeks since you passed away, and my eyes still tear up when thinking about it. I have had a very difficult time putting my feelings into words here. Losing you leaves a huge hole in the exotic animal community, especially in Arizona but also throughout the world. I know there will never be anyone else like you.
For over five years, you were the wonderful (and only) veterinarian who I trusted with my rabbits: Brinkley, Daisy, Penelope, Jackson, and Silkie. They have had some unusual and difficult problems, which other vets would not consider touching. You, however, knew just how to handle them with great knowledge, skill, and compassion. You were always pushing the envelope to find new ways of treating your patients and always eager to learn more in any way you could. You were also always more than happy to explain and show us everything you did, and you always responded quickly when needed. The first three rabbits have passed away and gone to the Rainbow Bridge, where beloved pets wait for the people they love. I hope you have had a chance to see them and many of your other patients again.
I have always called you Dr. Wright, out of respect for your amazing abilities and knowledge. However, you were more than just a doctor to me. I felt you were a friend who has helped me and bunnies through some very difficult times.
Marlene, my heart aches for you. I am so glad we were able to meet when Dr. Wright started his mobile practice. I know he loved working with you, and we loved seeing you and hearing the stories you would both tell. You were the light of his life.
Robyn Seaton and Doug Sheatsley, Jackson, and Silkie
My heart is broken. I will miss you dearly.Having known each other for almost 30 years now you are such an important part of my life.You will continue to be as I will strive to learn from what you have taught me about life. To love and appreciate everything around us, to be serious about what matters but not so serious to miss the humor in life. You would give me that energy whenever we got together and it helped me to have a better life. Thank you for that. We were drawn together by our passion for reptiles and amphibians and desire to contribute to their care, medicine and surgery.You were so passionate and knowledgeable about our profession and always willing to share that with everyone.You were a "Super Hero" in the field of avian and exotic animal medicine and the veterinary profession. Marlene was your soul mate and supported you allowing you to be you. I love her so much for that. Than you Marlene. Kevin, you will always be a true hero to me. Rest in peace my dear friend. I love you.
Kev. I miss you so much. You enriched my life in so many ways, more than I can ever list. I loved your absolute passion for the world and all its wonders. I loved that you never lost the joy and delight of a child for the miracles that surround us. I loved that you had a dream and followed it in your own unique way. I loved the oh so many times you made me laugh, quite often inappropriately. I loved the discussions we had about issues and ideas...sometimes a little heated but fascinating! You always left me thinking and sometimes even agreeing. I loved your stories, your boundless imagination, your free spirit, your wit, your intensity. I loved your kind and gentle heart, your generosity and empathy. I am in awe of all you accomplished, all the lives you touched. What a legacy!
Marlene, Kevin's love for all creatures great and small paled in comparison to his love for you. You were truly his other half. Sharing his life with you, who loved everything he loved--but who loved him most of all--was his bedrock and his joy. I will never forget when he first told me about you. He was amazed, delighted and so very happy. And that never changed. Thanks for being the center of his wonderful life, Marlene. We love you.
To my dear friend, Dr Kevin Wright. You took care of my "Boo" bird. We never realized that she would die. Thank you for caring for her, and Rosie, what a miracle that she was poisoned and still alive because of you. Working with Bailey, and Belle, and the Littles. I'll never forget the way you cared for them, and yes, a hug from you, and Marlene once I met her. You were truly a friend when I'd call from Idaho needing your help. You never charged extra for it.
Marlene remember this:
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of the quiet birds in circled light.
I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry: I am not there, I did not die.
Dr. Wright has touched our lives through our pets but we knew the moment we met him and Marlene that their acquaintance was unique, special and would always be cherished. Dr. Wright's passion for the people and animals he loved is contagious and his spirit continues to be an inspiration. He will live in our hearts and minds and through our animals as a rescuer, a healer and a friend.
There just are no words that can express our sadness for Marlene, for his family & for all those that new Kevin! He truly was a caring, wonderful, giving person. He always made time for our Exotic Birds... Even when he was about to leave town on a plane for a conference. Kevin had a gift for making everyone feel special. I truly admired him for so many reasons, including his love, admiration and excitement when he spoke of Marlene. He was so excited about his spider she gave him for Christmas. Truth is so many of us are feeling his loss.. He truly made everyone feel important. Our love to you Marlene. Our hearts truly ache for you.
I still cannot believe that I will never see you or work beside you or laugh with you again, Kevin. You were so great to me as a friend, collegue and boss. I miss you so very much already.
dr. wright was always a source of compassion, inspiration, and humor for me as a pet parent. his heart and soul went into every conversation we had together over the years. most important - he possessed a genuine interest in the lives of my fur babies. my condolences to his immediate and extended family, peers, and acquaintances.
It is unbelieveable that Kevin is gone. The zoo vet community has recently lost great people so hopefully they are all reuniting. I will miss Kevin as he has been a friend since he was in vet school. Marlene, I am truly sorry for the void that you must have with someone like Kevin missing from your life. I wish you the best.
When I heard of Dr. Kevin Wright's unexpected passing, it hit me like a huge wave, swamping over me and taking me out into chaos, and a state of disbelief. I could not imagine, or grasp, that our precious exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Wright, with his huge heart – and who we so much depended on - would never step through our door ever again, and had been taken away from all of us so prematurely. It was unbelievable! It could not be. This person, who had been there for us, our exotic animals numerous times, who had rescued my (rescue-) cockatiel from years of sickness and brought her back into a valuable and healthy state of living. This person, who had numerous times - no matter if weekends or nights - returned our calls, listened to our worries and attended to help us out with concerns about our beloved companions - an elderly cockatiel that had shown again, some troubling signs, or health issues, or we had by accident caused blood feathers to bleed or other issues with our younger (also rescue-) parakeet or tortoise. Dr. Kevin Wright was always there! Called immediately back at emergencies, without hesitation. Gave us, no matter if at night or weekends, advice and instructions. Was always calm and soothing, and therefore made us calm again and confident of their recovery.
But, when he was ill, he did not ask any advice from any of us. It feels almost unfortunately to us now. And passed away in the hospital into which care he had put his life.
I can still not wrap my mind around this, that he will never again enter our home. That we will never again hear his voice, see his smile, hear his soothing advice, have him compassionately and tender touch our animals and their lives. …. From our first visit on, at his former clinic (AZEAH), he put us at ease concerning our very ailing rescue-cockatiel and the issues she showed. Even finding possibilities of treatment with alternative, natural medicine - which I appreciated immensely. Each time, we left his clinic without the worries that we had before. Each time she became better after seeing Dr. K. Wright and recovered to a better state then before. And now she is a striving elderly bird due to his compassion, and gentleness with her and his extensive professionalism and medical knowledge of exotic animals.
Dr. Kevin Wright became a very good friend of all of us - that we knew he was for us and whom we could trust unwavering - although he didn't even know it!
And our story is not an exception. Dr. Kevin Wright was there for all his patients unconditionally and always in the same way.
…. Now the worries return, where to find a “replacement” of a veterinarian, who is so unique and almost not to find in our world anymore, that I would have never thought that he will go before any of us.
All our hearts go out to Dr. Wright's family, his wife Marlene, and his friends! And with our deepest heartfelt condolences we hope that their pain will be eased! All of us grief with you, of the loss of a person almost unimaginable - and unimaginable to “replace” -, a person so unique, gentle, kind, compassionate, and giving, an almost not of this world human spirit!
Not enough words can praise what he was for us!
… And we are heartbroken by his loss!
There is only one relief for me, the hope and thought that Dr. Kevin Wright was possibly called for a higher purpose, so that he will have now even more time watching over all of his patients - and even more animals in need of help(!) - at the same time, while giving us advice what to do when we stagger or worry. Almost impossible to fulfill by human beings, whose lives are restricted by time.
You were a best friend, Dr. Kevin Wright,
An unwavering, unconditional companion and adviser,
A human spirit with a heart of gold,
And an excellent veterinarian!
We miss your presence deeply and dearly!
Live in peace! And we will meet again in the life beyond.
Angelika Clemens & Albert Wilk
I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss of your husband and friend Kevin. May constant Prayer and our Heavenly Father and fond memories of Mr. Wright comfort you in the days ahead.-Psalm 65:2,
Dr. Wright gave so freely of his time when he came to give care to my bunnies. One day we were visiting and he showed me his drawings for the story he would write one day. Kevin was at my home just a few days before he died. He was so full of life. His loss has been such a blow to all of us who entrusted our precious pets to his care. So thankful that we had the chance to know him.
It seems surreal to think that Dr Wright is gone from this world. We were all lucky to have known him, no matter how brief. Say hello to all our furry, scaled, or feathered loved ones. May angels lead you in.
Only in an unwritten chapter of "The Improbable Kingdom", Kevin's parody of "The Peaceable Kingdom", a tale of life behind the scenes at the Philadelphia Zoo, would we lose the eccentric but brilliant, Dr. Kevin Wright in such an untimely manner. Working with Kevin during his stints as both a veterinary resident and Curator of Reptiles & Amphibians at the Philadelphia Zoo brought a great deal of unpredictability and laughter to each day. Whether it was the athletic socks with different colored rings on each foot or sideburns shaved differently on each side of his face, Kevin kept us well entertained. At the other extreme, Kevin was well respected for his knowledge and accomplishments in the field of veterinary medicine and his empathy for animals of all kinds. Marlene, it has been many years since our paths have crossed and I am so sorry that our contact is at this time of great sadness. May you find strength in happy memories from the years you and Kevin spent together and from the heartfelt sentiments of those whose lives he touched. He will be truly missed.
My words are so small and your hurt is so big. Kevin always made me smile during my time at the Philadelphia Zoo. I wish you courage and strength in the days and weeks ahead.
Many fond memories of Kevin from the Philadelphia Zoo days. My sincere sympathy to Marlene and family.
Dr Wright came into my life at the perfect time. When a toxin induced cancer was ravaging my sugar gliders. He preformed 13 major surgeries on my gliders. I never trusted anyones judgment and competentcy so completely....unquestioningly. I knew when my gliders were under his care they would get the best care around. The kind of care I had spent several years looking for. Knowing him made my life and the lives of my gliders easier. I don't think I have ever appeciated anyone so much. I pray he knew that. I had one particular glider who just adored him. Every time she went she saw him she would perk up and get all bright eyed and would stay that way for several days. She had a problem with depression. Sometimes I would bring her in with another glider having a problem, and I would tell Dr. Wright, "Oh she just needs a dose of you". Just a week after his passing I lost her due to an emergency vets complete ignorance. She would not have died had he not. God, I miss this man. Not just because he was the most increadible vet, but..... I think I adored him as much as my glider did.
Thank you Kevin for everything. You did so much for herpetology. We miss you a lot....
Eva from Calgary, Canada
I'd like to extend my deepest condolences to Kevin's family and friends. I had the utmost respect for Kevin, both professionally and personally. When I heard of his passing, one of the first things that came to mind was that old saying: "they sure don't make them like they used to." I certainly have never met anyone else as unique, gifted, or as entertaining. Kevin's antics, at their most extreme, could sometimes make you cringe, but always in the most enjoyable and appreciative way - a very rare gift!
As the proud father of two young boys, I'm privileged to witness them fearlessly attack each new day with a wide-eyed sense of wonder. That attitude reminds me so much of Kevin. In view of his early passing, it may sound contradictory, but I believe that Kevin discovered the fountain of youth. And his reward was his priceless ability to never grow up - to live every day with the uninhibited passion of a child. In that respect, I hope my boys turn out to be exactly like him. I can think of no greater compliment.
Like everyone else whose lives you've touched, I will miss you Kevin. You were a very rare gift indeed!
I am shocked and saddened by this loss of a great man. His compassion was what struck me most. The day my sweet cockatiel Baby passed he came to my home with tears in his eyes. I was so touched that he cared so much. He had only met and treated her once but that was enough for our lives to be touched by each other. A tragic loss for all our sweet furry and feathered children.
I first met Kevin in the mid 1990's at a meeting of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. I was a shy new grad and Kevin was the wild president of the organization. It took me a little while to truely appreciate both his amazing wit and professional genius. I miss him terribly.
Dr. Wright performed two life-saving surgeries on my Amazon parrot, Cesar. He and Marlene teamed up to provide excellent care to Cesar and Riley, my cockatiel. We will miss him greatly.
I was so shocked and very very sad when I heard about Dr. Wright's passing. There are people you meet that just absolutely amaze you and leave a huge impression from the day you meet them and Dr. Wright certainly did this. I only knew him for about 7 months but from the time I met him he impressed me. One of my guinea pigs got very sick and he fit him into his busy schedule, did surgery and took great care of him. Not too long after I was leaving for vacation and was worried about my little baby and Dr. Wright said he and Marlene would take care of him and another one of my guinea pigs while I was gone. I don't think he and Marlene ever knew how much that meant to me. I was able to go on vacation and know that my babies were in good hands. As time went on Snuggles began to have more and more issues and Dr. Wright would always make time to see him. He would come to my office or meet me at Piggie Poo and I would always wind up asking him tons of questions and he always answered every single one. He would then share stories with me or things he learned and I was always amazed at the enormous amount of knowledge this man had. We would then somehow wind up being silly and laughing until I was crying. This man was not only the most compassionate person I've ever met he was just so genuinely nice. His love for Marlene was tremendous and very apparent as his face always lit up when he talked about her. It was very clear that she was the most important thing to him and I always admired that. I learned so much from him and made sure to tell him how grateful I was that he came into my life. Dr. Wright's passing is a huge loss to everyone that knew him. He was only here a short time but certainly touched and saved so many little precious lives. There are not enough words to express how much he will be missed.
I have known Dr. Wright for many years, he was the only one I would trust to take our rats and rabbits too. The world has lost the best vet ever and also a wonderful human being. :( Jodi Page
Sadly, Kevin and I were merely acquaintances. We would see each other occasionally at zoo conferences or briefly talk business on the phone. I thoroughly enjoyed each chat and every encounter. He was the most eccentric and charismatic character I have ever met. I envy all of you that knew him well enough to call him friend and my heartfelt condolences go out to all of you.
We knew Kevin for only a few short months and yet he made a lifelong impression. Kevin treated several of our Guinea Pigs and saved their lives and improved their quality of life. But beyond that he was such a dear, modest, real and decent person. Our hearts are very heavy and sad for the loss to the veteniary world and especially to Marlene, whom he spoke glowingly of, but we have not met. We are grateful to have known him the short time we did and our "piggies" are still thriving.
When my little gerbil, Mientje, was sick Dr Wright came almost every week to check on her and adjust her medication. Sometimes Marlene would accompany him. And then when I was sick they took care of Mientje for me. At the end of her life, he and Marlene were there - thanks to them Mientje's suffering was ended and her end very quick and peaceful. Without realizing it I really counted on him to be there if my pets needed anything. I also looked forward to his visits and his enthusiastic stories about his many interests. My gerbils and I will really miss him.
Our deepest condolences to Dr. Wright's family and friends. Your kindness toward our 4 bunnies and incredible support through their illnesses touched our hearts. You will be missed.
Kevin, I was always confident that if my many amphibians became ill, you were there. So many times you helped me with my frogs or toads and I learned so much from you too. Thank you so much. Now there is a huge void that you used to fill and I and the frogs and toads will miss you terribly. I have so many memories from the time I met you at University Hospital right up to your mobile practice.You were a kind, compassionate, funny, incredibly knowledgeable and generous person and our herp community has lost a great friend and advocate. Perhaps you were needed in heaven for all the animals that went before you. I am so sad that you have left us. Peace to you good friend.
I offer my sincere condolences to Marlene. I heard many stories of how you two would go frog hunting at night. Very few wives would consider that spending quality time with their husbands. LOL I live in upstate NY and not many vets would accept amphibians as patients. Once in a while I would find a vet who knew nothing about treating sick amphibians but would be wiilling to care for one of my 50 plus frogs and take direction from Kevin via email . Kevin was so generous like that, and he helped me out like that on many occasions. He must have been inundated with emails from panic-stricken amphibian owners who didn't know where to turn for help for a sick toad or frog. I learned how to stand out among the competition for his attention by coming up with the most shocking and catchy phrases for the subject line of my emails. Subject lines like "MYSTERIOUS DISEASE CAUSES FROG TO OOZE BLOOD FROM HIS SKIN. They were always true, but my graphic descriptions must have piqued his curiosity because he always got back to me. Kevin gave careful instructions to my local vet and received nothing in return except the satusfaction of knowing that one of God's very sick creatures was getting the best care possible short of being fortunate enough to live in close proximity to Kevin Wright. I did have the opportunity to take Kevin out the lunch a few years back when I visited my dear friend and fellow amphibian lover, Carole Tobey, who lives in Scottsdale. The world has lost a brilliant, compassionate man. No one will ever take his place. Rest in peace, my friend, and God bless you, Marlene. I pray that God will comfort your heart and help you at this difficult time. Marilyn LeGrand
good bye dear friend. At least you got to meet Jax and convinced me to get my vet tech degree before you passed.
We just want to extend our heartfelt condolences to your family and friends who are saddened at your loss. Like everyone else, we are mourning alongside all those whose lives you touched through your knowledge and joy of exotic veterinary medicine. i just want to say thank you for taking such good care of my two bunnies, Jacobi and Applesauce and for always going above and beyond to make sure you properly diagnosed, treated them, and followed up on how they were doing. We are going to miss your warm and compassionate personality and fun sense of humor. May you find peace at the bridge, alongside your former pet patients :)
I met Kevin when we worked together at the Philadelphia Zoo. Part of my job was bringing photographers in to shoot pics of the animals, and I always loved it when we had to go to the reptile house. I always tried to arrange it when Kevin was around because it made the shoot that much more entertaining. He was well loved by many Philly Zoo folks and you will be missed.
I knew Kevin for over 25 years. We met in 1988 when we were both senior veterinary students; I was doing a 1-month clinical rotation at the University of Florida (visiting from U. Penn) and spent a lot of time in the clinic with Kevin. We got to know each other well during that time, as we were both reptile enthusiasts, and remained in contact ever since. I always tell people that in my live I've met two humans that I think could be from another world. One is a vet school classmate and the other is Kevin.
One of my first memories of Kevin was going out to a bar with him and some other folks in Gainesville, FL. We were crossing a street, and all of a sudden, Kevin hunched over and began running back and forth in the middle of the road, somewhat erratically, shouting, "I'm a squirrel, I'm a squirrel!" Seeing him in a variety of different professional venues over the years was always a little bit like Christmas morning. You knew you were in for a surprise and it was sure to be fun! My wife Diane still fondly recounts an amphibian-like first greeting from Kevin!
Boy will he be missed. For his truly unique persona, his contagious zest for life, and all of his valuable contributions to our profession.
We will miss you Kevin.
Greg & Diane
I had the privilege and honor of working for and learning from Kevin. He introduced me to the amazing world of exotic animal medicine and my true passion. I will forever be greatful to him for that. He will be truly missed by many. To Marlene and the rest of Kevin's loved ones, you are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
He was a wonderful, silly, intelligent and loving man who will be greatly missed, not only as a mentor to fellow veterinarians but to friends and family alike. Our thoughts are with you during this time.
Who |I am is very much influenced by his warm genious...he understood the animals he so loved in relationship to the environments that shaped them and us...my colleague, my friend, my loss.I hope Marelene you can find comfort in kowing Kevin lives in so many of us and find support in our shared love for your life partner.
I was lucky enough to work with Kevin for several years when he was out here in Philadelphia. I will never forget his intelligence, knowledge and crazy sense of humor! He is not a person soon forgotten and it will remain that way. Truly a loss to the world!
We have truly lost a wonderful human being. I enjoyed talking tortoises with you and will always remember the time you took for me. You will be missed.
The first time I met Kevin was in an elevator at the AZA Herp TAG meetings, when he was a new curator at the Philadelphia Zoo. He was so quiet and reserved, I wondered how he'd fit into the crazy zoo herp world that many of us know and love. Little did I know that Kevin would never again be quiet and reserved, but rather the zany, brilliant, over-the-top guy that we knew and loved. I, for one, will miss him terribly.
It seems surreal that we have lost your Cheshire cat-like grin and Puck-like shrewd and knavish spirit. You are missed my friend.
Not much can be said differently than has already been said. He was truly the most entertaining genius I ever met...Thoughts and prayers to all his friends and family.
Dr Wright was an extraordinary veterinarian. He was one of my favorite veterinarians to work with. Animal medicine can be stressful and challenging. He approached it with a sense of humor, honesty and a love for the animals that was inspiring. The exotic animal world will miss him! I will never forget him! I hope his family will heal, and only have the good memories that remain in their hearts. God Bless
Kevin hired me at the Philly Zoo 19 years ago. Without his taking a chance on me, I might not have a career today. I still like my job, but it is not as much fun since Kevin left. I am very saddened and will miss him. My best wishes go out to his family and friends.
Goodbye to a wonderful man, an excellent teacher and someone I greatly respected in the field of veterinary medicine and herptofauna. I'm sorry I did not get to visit you the last time I was in Phx. I will regret that for the rest of my life. You are so missed! :(
So sorry that we've lost you Kevin. A fellow Phoenix Zoo co-worker..
You were an amazing and inspiring vet and person who contributed more than most know to herp medicine. You will be greatly missed
I was absolutely devastated to hear that Dr. Wright had passed away. I just lost my best friend (my bunny rabbit) on September 24, 2013 and spoke to Dr. Wright that evening. Dr Wright sounded very ill on the phone however I did not realize that his illness was life threatening. Dr. Wright was an amazing human being, an incredible doctor and I truly considered him a friend. Without him I probably wwouldn't of had the last couple of years with my baby. He helped my little one tremendously and I will never forget him. This is a huge loss to our community and to the animal kingdom. I can only hope that wherever he is now he is with all the animals he has helped over the years. He will be missed by all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very sad time.
You are beyond cares and worries; you leave behind aching hearts. Godspeed, Kevin.
You were the funniest intern we had at the zoo. You grew into an astute veterinarian that conceived of standards for the care of endangered species. Not only we will miss him, but so will the animals. Rachel (FL)
Kevin was not only a genius with exotic animals but he was a good friend. We met him on a Sunday afternoon when there was no other place to turn for help with our bunny.
Kevin was compassionate and I could tell right then that he was a unique and gifted individual. My wife and I, as well as our furry children-were blessed to have known this awesome man.
The world was a much, much better place with him in it. God Bless Kevin and his family-our hearts are with you.
Dr. Wright was the vet for my 2 bunnies Winnie and Jack at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital before he left to start his own practice. He always took good care of them, not to mention that he was a very nice, caring and compassionate person. My sincerest thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. May he rest in peace, surrounded by all the wonderful pets he helped throughout the years, my little Jack included.
I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Wright's passing. He was a gifted veterinarian and a kind, compassionate man who will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Dr. Wright.
I didn't know you well, but I admired you and your work. You will be missed.
I was a friend of Kevin's from the university days...I met him through Damien Kong. I thought he was such a wonderful, adorable person with just the type of personality I really admire: brilliant, sweet-natured, creative, and twistedly funny. He was an absolute joy to be around! I appreciate everything he did in life and I am so very sorry that he did not live to do more, for it would pretty much be guaranteed it would have been wonderful stuff! A totally awesome person. My DEEPEST condolences to all his other friends, his family, his wife, his clients, and his and their pets!OOOXXX to you, Kevin! You definitely made your half century count in so many ways and for so many!
I can't even begin to articulate my thoughts or feelings, the shock of Kevin's passing is still so fresh and heavy in my heart. I just can't believe it and I am struggling. Kevin, was a very dear friend, a truly and uniquely brilliant colleague, and my pets' vet since I don't practice. Kevin will always be one-of-a-kind, there simply is nobody like him. His dedication to the animals and service to his clients was extraordinary to say the least. A very gentle, caring vet, genuinely concerned for the well being of his patients. Kevin went way above and beyond the call of duty, it was his norm. He worked so very very hard helping me with a difficult, enigmatic situation with my pet goose. I still expect to see him drive up and say with a big smile, "hey Julie!"...only to leave much later with a huge hug, knowing I'd see him again soon. His last visit Marlene came too, I could have sworn there was a beautiful, angelic, divine presence in my house. Kevin and Marlene are lights among lights.
Marlene, my prayers are with you. No words can express how utterly devastating such a loss is. Please hold on to all of us around you who love you dearly to help you get through this, you are not alone and never will be. I am here for you anytime. We all grieve with you.
Kevin, your light shines in a new realm of peace and happiness. The love you carried in your human heart for Marlene, the animals, your friends will never die for love is eternal. You will always be a very special friend in my life for which I am blessed. I was so looking forward to going 'critter hunting' here in the wild with you and Marlene so we'll just have to do it when we see you again. Until heaven, I will miss you terribly. Thank you for everything, it was far, far more than I will ever have words for.
My deepest sympathies are extended to the Wright family. I remember Kevin as a student that enjoyed what he was going to do in the veterinary profession. My interactions with Kevin were always great due to his sense of humor. My last meeting with Kevin was at the NAVC conference and it was like we hadn't seen each other in awhile. I am saddened by his departure but happy that I had the opportunity for him to be part of my life. Again, my deepest sympathies.
You will always leave a mark on our hearts and life, Kevin...We miss you, beloved friend...
Dale and Dianne
Marlene, My heart is with you as you deal with your loss. Working with Kevin at the Phoenix Zoo was a major highlight of my many years here. He was an amazing guy.
Kevin, You were a great Friend and I, along with many others, will miss you for the rest of our lives. You will always be an inspiration to me. Thank you for so much. Words are not enough. My heart aches. . . be at peace my Friend.
Heartbroken to hear of his passing! I so enjoyed working with Dr Wright. Truly a good person and such an outstanding DVM. He will be missed. My condolences to his family, friends and patients.
Kevin was a wonderful man and a brilliant doctor. He was kind, generous and a beautiful person. I will never know another friend like him.
Rest in peace, my friend.
Even after the sun has slipped below the horizon, it's glow remains for a time...Kevin was a bright star and his absence is leaving many struggling to navigate life without him. Much love to you, Marlene, for loving him best of all.
his doesn't seem real and like with all unexpected deaths, it doesn't seem fair. Dr Wright you were an amazing person and the best most caring vet I have ever been so lucky to have met. I'm so thankful I met you and had you as my primary vet. You were so genuine and true, you truly cared about what you did. You touched so many hearts and lives. You came thru everytime and did it with such a great heart and smile. It pains me to know that you are physically gone but I know in spirit you'll be around. Say hi to our pets that you have helped cross the rainbow bridge and we'll see you again soon.
Thank you thank you for everything you have done, for all that you were and for everything that made you, you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I will miss you greatly!! We all will...
Marlene, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Made a huge impression on a good friend of mine. I've witnessed the impact of his loss on my friend and that tells me all I need to know about the character of this man. Thankful I got to know of you through the impact you made on others with your character and sense of humor. Rest in peace Kevin.
Kevin was a great mentor to me and a great friend to me as I was starting my veterinary career. I learned a great deal from him. He had wonderful lessons not only for my career, but for life. He was a wonderful person and the world is a lesser place without him. I will miss him.
This doesn't seem real and like with all unexpected deaths, it doesn't seem fair. Dr Wright you were an amazing person and the best most caring vet I have ever been so lucky to have met. I'm so thankful I met you and had you as my primary vet. You were so genuine and true, you truly cared about what you did. You touched so many hearts and lives. You came thru everytime and did it with such a great heart and smile. It pains me to know that you are physically gone but I know in spirit you'll be around. Say hi to our pets that you have helped cross the rainbow bridge and we'll see you again soon.
Thank you thank you for everything you have done, for all that you were and for everything that made you, you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I will miss you greatly!! We all do..
An outstanding veterinarian who didn't just treat our rabbits but collaborated with us on their care...he will be missed by so many! We met before his mobile practice began, when he helped one of our rabbits into eternal rest the day after New Year's 2011. Over this past year, it was an honor to get to know him and Marlene even better. We got to talking about so many things during his bunny visits! It was always a learning experience when he'd stop by.
Laki and I and all of our bun-buns thank you for all you gave to your field and your clients. The zoo up in Heaven just got a wonderful veterinarian...but I have a feeling you'll still be looking over our pets too.
Someone I'll never forget.
I visited and spoke with Kevin many times over the years. Even before he moved to the Phoenix area. He was a great veterinarian as well as a great friend. His legacy will live on in papers, books and journals, but his greater legacy will be the lives he touched. My life is a little brighter for having known him.
For your admired talent to the industry and your unique insights to life...thank you for the memories Kevin. Until we meet again....
Kevin was a great man! He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Wright will truly be missed by the many people and animals he cared for. Deepest sympathy to the family.
My husband and first met Dr. Wright through the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. Until he left the practice last year to start his own, he was our rabbits' primary vet. He always treated them so well and with so much kindness, and he always took time to speak to us, and he seemed to enjoy the conversations as much as we did. I'll never forget that they last day we saw him was his last day at the AZEAH,and he hugged me and told us that he really enjoyed having us as clients, and our pets as patients.
We have been heartbroken at the news of Dr. Wright's passing. He was such a good, kind man, that I can only imagine how hard this must be to those who were close to him and knew him well. His friends and family have our sincerest condolences-- please know that we, and many, many others, miss him too.
Thank you for a life well lived. We share the common bond of a love for all animals. Your contributions for reptile medicine and surgery I began following in the early 1990's when I was still in school. I know you'll show up at the next ARAV in one form or another be it in a shirt, a joke, or in a tribute. Take care in the life beyond.