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Carlton Ray Wright

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mr. Carlton Ray Wright, 67, of East Main Street Extension, North Adams, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at the North Adams Regional Hospital where he was admitted on Monday, May 17, 2004.

He was born in the Briggsville Section of Clarksburg on July 26, 1936, a son of the late Milford Peter Wright and Stella Mae (Davis) Wright. The family moved to North Adams and he was educated in the North Adams schools graduating from Drury High School with the class of 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, serving in Bordeaux, France until his honorable discharge in 1958. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1959 and served until his honorable discharge in 1962. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees Reserve in 1962 serving in Cuba and other parts of the world until he served in Vietnam in 1968-1969 where he was exposed to Agent Orange.

During the 1970s he served in the Panama Canal Zone and finally retired in 1987 with more than 30 years of service for his country. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his service. Mr. Wright began his working career with the A and P Supermarket in Williamstown, and later served as a provisional firefighter with the North Adams Fire Department. In 1965, he joined the Massachusetts Electric Co. and was employed in various positions within the company until his retirement in 1997 with more than 32 years of service to the company.

Mr. Wright was a communicant of Our Lady of the Incarnation Church (now Our Lady of Mercy Shrine) on Massachusetts Avenue, North Adams and a member of the WANA Club of Massachusetts Electric, the Peter Cook Post No. 9144 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Clarksburg, the American Legion Post No. 90 of Pownal, Vt. and the Fleet Reserve. He also was a life member of MCB-12 Association and the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Marcia Ann McDonough whom he married on March 17, 1956 in St. Patrick Church, Williamstown; one daughter and her husband, Wendy and Robert Vachereau of North Adams; a daughter and her fiancé Paula M. Wright and Mark LaBonte of Clarksburg; two sons and their wives, Douglas and Juliann Wright of Adams, Mass, Donald and Tammy Wright of the Town of Florida, Mass.; six grandchildren, April Wright, Stephanie Wright, Matthew Wright, Adam Wright, Justin Wright and Makenzie Wright; one sister and her husband, Janet and Richard O’Neill of North Adams; one brother and his wife, Russell and Gert Wright of North Adams; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and his faithful dog companion Laddy.

He was predeceased by a brother, Alton Wright.

Funeral services with military honors for Carlton R. Wright will take place Friday, May 21, 2004 at 8:15 a.m. at the Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Shrine, Massachusetts Avenue, North Adams with a cousin, the Rev. Charles Maher, retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Providence, R.I., officiating. Burial will take place in the family plot at Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, May 20, 2004 from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the Salvation Army, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or hospitalized veterans through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 19, 2004
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