Victoria, British Columbia


Victoria, British Columbia


ART WRIGHT 1939 - 2019 Died January 1, 2019 of Alzheimer's disease in Victoria, B.C. Survived by his beloved artist wife of 48 years, Sylvia Bews-Wright, sister Marie Smith (Earl) and many nieces, nephews, surrogate daughters and honorary granddaughters. Educated in Political Science, Public...

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Dear Sylvia,
Sadly, I have just found out that Art has gone.
Meeting you both in Dar-es-Salaam was such a delight. Fond memories of films outside in the garden, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", and your Christmas cards from the red canoe!
Art's sly humour was always a treat.

Fika Salama,


Fika Salama

I am late to learn of Art's passing.We had a very exciting time together in Tanzania when the KGB surrounded the CUSOTAN office because a Russian national was going to marry and leave for Canada with a Canadian volunteer.
My then partner and I stayed a week with Art and Sylvia when he was HC in Barbados.Always great conversation and humour.
Best to Sylvia!

Dear Sylvia,
You may remember us on the trip to China in 2001. We have happy memories of our chats with you & Art.
We hoped to attend the gathering today, but are now unable to do so.
Please accept our sympathy and best wishes to you
Patrick & Diana White

Dear Sylvia: I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and want to offer deepest sympathies from all of us, including my mother. I have such fond memories of my time working with Art at UBC. I still marvel at the discovery of how our lives were so intertwined with your family, the Mackay family and my sister in law and her husband... such synchronicity. Art had a huge impact on my life and so many others. He was a fine man and I was privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with and get...

Sylvia, I am sorry for your loss. These must have been difficult days for you.

When I created the Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program I had hoped to offer a range of course that would allow students from across Canada to participate. We offered both Arts and Science course in a diverse range of subjects. But what was missing was a course that could address the extreme contrast of the poverty the students saw in their travels to the relative comfort in their own lives. What...

A truly fine gentleman who made the world a better place.

Both Kay and I are very sad to hear of Art's passing. We met Art and Sylvia when I took up my first posting in Bangladesh in 1979. Throughout the years Art was always ready to offer support and advice on issues that arose at work and on adapting to life overseas. He was extremely generous and always met you with a smile. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed.

Art, you will be missed. Our 2 lengthy conversations about development, research, books, politics, and more were a highlight of my doctoral research phase. Thank you forever, for mentoring me through that period of deep inquiry. Your intellect, compassion and generosity continue to inspire. Who knew that when we met in the early 1990's in Zimbabwe that our lives would cross again, and for me in such a profound way? Art, you will be missed.

I first met Art at the airport in Dacca when he arrived as my new Head of Post. We last met when he visited Thailand as Asia Branch VP in 1986. Over those years he was a leader and a mentor who inspired us with his warmth, his kindness and his sense of humour. He gave us the courage to make the right decisions. I remember him with affection.