Thurlow McAtiear Wright

August 23, 1926 – January 16, 2020
It is with great sorrow that the family of Pop Wright announces the death of their dear father on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Pop passed away peacefully after living a long and fulfilling life. He got away quietly and without any fuss, just like he had always wanted to.
He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his daughters, Teresa Wright and Janice Wright and sons Richard (Marlene) and Jonathan (Rhonda). He was a loving grandfather to seven grandchildren, (Natalie, Erin, Kate, Alexa, Claire, Jesse and Hayley) and seven great-grandchildren, (Benjamin, Finn, Noah, Rory, Jaden, Kenadie and Soren). He leaves his loving brothers and sisters -in -law Victor and Wendy Prystay, Roy and Iris Prystay, Pat Prystay, Lois Wright, nephew Felix Wright, and many nieces and nephews. His wife, Helen, son Timothy, brothers William, Austin and Maurice and a sister who died at the age of four, predeceased him.
Pop was born Thurlow McAtiear Wright on August 23rd 1926 in Vermillion, Alberta, son of the late Walter and Nina Wright. The Wright family moved from Aylmer, Quebec and settled in Islay, Alberta. Pop lived in Islay until 1941 when his family moved to Prince Rupert where he worked in the shipyards as a riveter, on a fish boat as a deck hand and drove cab.
Pop met Helen there and they were married in 1949, sharing many adventures during their 70-year marriage.
Pop served two stints in the army, the second one in 1955 as a sapper in the Engineer Corps. Over the next decade, Pop was stationed in Werl, Germany and Camp Petawawa, Ontario ending his military career in Chilliwack BC. In 1966, Pop and the family returned to Prince Rupert where he worked for Columbia Cellulose as Powerhouse Supervisor. He then worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Prince Rupert School District until his retirement. Pop continued to share his knowledge and experience and have lots of fun while working at Rona. Then he really retired.
Pop loved sports. He played and coached hockey in Camp Petawawa and coached Prince Rupert’s first hockey team, the Halibut Kings. He spent many pleasurable hours on the golf course, which paid off when he got a hole-in-one.
Pop was a man of integrity who loved and valued his family and his many friendships. His sense of humour was ever present and he was always ready with one of his favourite sayings, stories and jokes.
He was cremated and his ashes will be buried next to Helen and Timothy.
The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care Pop received from the staff at Acropolis Manor.
A celebration of life to remember Pop will be announced at a later date.Obituary


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