WRIGHT, Henry Maurice
September 25, 1918 – November 15, 2011
Henry was born to Andrew & Ida Wright on the farm near Bengough, Sask, one of ten children. He followed his older brother, Walter, to Ontario where they worked on the construction of the Trans Canada Highway.
In 1942 during World War ll their employer was contracted to work on the building of the Alaska Highway so the two brothers, along with Walter’s wife Edythe and infant daughter Elaine, ventured north. When the project ended they chose to make their home in Dawson Creek, B. C. where the brothers purchased a truck to haul supplies over the highway.
Henry left to serve a brief time in the Canadian Army near the end of the war but never served overseas. Upon his return to Dawson he and Walter started Wright’s Cold Storage until Henry sold his share to Walter before leaving to work on pipeline construction for many years around Western and Northern Canada. Returning once again to Dawson Creek, Henry opened an appliance store, Polar Provisioners. In 1966 he finally left the north and moved to Delta where he became a realtor.
In 1974 he married Margaret Robertson, they separated in 1997. He was a long time Kiwanian, curler and golfer. In 2003 he decided to move to Casa Loma in Courtenay where he would be closer to Elaine and her family. When the new Comox Valley Senior’s Village opened in 2009 he was one of their first residents.
Henry was predeceased by his parents and nine siblings. Uncle Henry is survived by his immediate family, niece Elaine Isfeld (Theon), his great nieces Shelley Gailloux (Jeff) and Shanna Ball (Steve Dirnback), great great nieces Bradie Gailloux & Kiera Ball, great great nephew Blaze Gailloux, step-great great nieces Haley & Erin Dirnback. He will also be remembered by many more nieces & nephews in Canada and the U.S. as well as step-son Rick Robertson (Gwen) in Ontario.
The family would like to thank Uncle Henry’s “other family” at Comox Valley Senior’s Village. We greatly appreciated the care you gave to him over the years and the support that you gave to us, we couldn’t have asked for more. Also thank you to Dr. Michael Nuefeld and staff at Comox Medical as well as Tim and staff at the Medicine Shoppe.
Following cremation interment will be in Dawson Creek at a later date.