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Laurie "LeRoy" Wright Obituary
March 30, 1918 - May 22, 2012

Laurie "LeRoy" Wright passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the age 94.

Born in Pasadena, CA, LeRoy was the beloved husband of Ethel Bell Wright for 72 years who passed away in October 2011 at the wonderful age of 92. He was the much loved father of Susan Wright Armistead and Janet Wright Foutts; he will be greatly missed by his two daughters and son-in-law, William Dibrell Armistead, Jr.

"Daddy Roy" was an inspirational, incredible grandfather to Father Patrick Darren Foutts, William Dibrell Armistead III, James Wright Armistead, Lauren Armistead Evans, and great grandfather to McKay Armistead Evans.

LeRoy was an outstanding role model as a husband, father, grandfather and "entrepreneur". He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II where his ship was bombed by the Japanese at Okinawa. Upon his return from the War, he was greeted by his young wife and infant daughters.

Like so many other veterans returning home from World War II, LeRoy said, "I need a job now and on with my life!".

He started working at Todd's Ship Yard in San Pedro and eventually was able to take a job at Thomas Cadillac in Los Angeles , owned by friends from high school. This was the beginning of his "American Dream" in the automobile world.

His motto was "Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan", and this was drilled into his children and grandchildren from an early age. With that motivation he would always add, "Just being smart isn't enough to succeed as an entrepreneur, it is luck and timing".

LeRoy was always so grateful for an opportunity to succeed. He was able to create the first car leasing company, VIP Car Leasing. From this experience, he would go on to launch several automobile dealerships. Throughout these successes he always mentored and appreciated others who were trying to realize their dreams as well.

He would often say, "Find your passion, follow it, and success will ensue".

Needless to say, he will be missed by his family and all who knew and loved him. Family always came first with Daddy Roy. All of us feel so blessed to have been a part of his legacy.

Private services will be held to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's High School, 19292 El Toro Road, Silverado, CA 92676 or to The Salvation Army. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits and share memories at www.mcnerneysmortuary.com.

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Published in Daily Breeze from May 25 to May 30, 2012
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