Frank Patterson Wright
1925 - 2021
BORN
1925
DIED
2021
Frank Patterson Wright, 95, of Lutherville, MD, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at his home. Born on August 25, 1925 in Mardella Springs, MD, he was the son of the late Claude and Eunice Mason Wright. He was the beloved husband of Virginia Howard Wright, with whom he had celebrated 71 years of marriage.

Frank worked his way up through the ranks of Avis Truck Rental, becoming Vice President in charge of the Mid Atlantic and Southern east coast. In 1976, he bought two franchises from Avis and formed York Truck Rental, which operated in York and Lancaster, PA. He sold the business and retired in 1985.

He loved dogs and had German Shorthair and English Pointers throughout his adult life. During the 1960s and 70s, he showed them up and down the east coast.

He loved to hunt which is how he discovered the farm he and Ginny bought in 1968. They named it Huntingfields. Unlived in for the prior 20 years, it required a complete renovation before they could move into it in 1972. They continued to add additions and outbuildings during their 38 year residency at the farm.

After his retirement, he and Ginny became seriously involved in horse breeding and racing. They started breeding in 1979 and racing in 1982. At their peak, they had over 50 horses at one time. Their big winners included Valay Maid, Lady Sabelia, Blue Sky Princess, Gold Rolls and Inner Harbour. He served on the boards of The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Million, Ltd.

A resident of Brightwood Club Association for the last 10 years, he also served on its board.

A gregarious man, Ginny often laughed that he should have been a politician, because he couldn't cross a room without greeting everyone in it.

Surviving him in addition to his wife is a daughter: Elizabeth "Liz" Wright and husband Charles Holman.

Frank was predeceased by his 6 siblings: Claude, Jr., Horace, Lillian Marvel, Ella Larmore, Gertrude Hastings and Shirley Adcock.

Funeral services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St. John Episcopal Church, Western Run, 3738 Butler Road, Reisterstown MD 21136 or Gilchrist Hospice, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

Arrangements are by ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., Owings Mills, MD, and online condolences may be offered at www.eckhardtfuneralchapel.com
Published by Baltimore Sun on Jan. 13, 2021.
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His daughter Liz inherited his business sense and sensibility. He was a generous gentleman and though he was a serious horse breeder for racing, he retained a mischievous sense of humor, a dry wit that would come out when least ex;dc
Douglas Sanford Harrington
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January 16, 2021
I have many great memories of days with Frank and Ginny. Fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay from his native Eastern Shore, pheasant hunting at the beautiful Hunting Fields with his beloved dogs and my sons. I also have many great race track stories as their trainer. In his later years, I would pick him up and drive him to Maryland Million meetings during which he could be quite blunt but wise. When he was talking, I always made sure I was listening.
J William Boniface
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January 15, 2021
Shawna and Chip Patterson
January 13, 2021
I have so many fond memories of Uncle Frank. He had a charm that simply drew you in. He was warm and kind with a dry wit that matched the twinkle in his eye. He will be missed by many.
My deepest condolences to Aunt Ginny, Liz and Charlie.
Lauren Knatz
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January 12, 2021
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