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Harold DeWayne Wright

January 21, 1928 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 93)

Obituary

On January 3, 2022 Harold Wright passed from this world at the age of 93.  Harold was born January 21, 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is survived by his loving wife Patrecia Wright (of 74 years) and a beautiful family who will miss him dearly. 

Daughter Patty-Ann (Stan) and Michael (Lynne).  Grandchildren Teri-Lynne (Oscar), Michael (Tanya), David (Tina), and Sherilyn (Jeff).  Great grandchildren Katie (Seth), Kristie (Harrison), Cheyenne, Colten, Cody (Emily), Brett, and Allison.  Great-great grandchildren Jace, Noah, Liam, Ezra, Abigail, Kensley and Judah.

     He is predeceased by his brother Jack and his sister Oleva, and infant son David while survived by two brothers Joe and Loren. 

     Harold moved to Ashcroft, British Columbia with his family in 1976 where he planted roots within the community and quickly became loved by all.  His love and passion for people and Jesus shone through every aspect of his life.  He poured his life and love into the community, his family and the church.  He became everything to everybody - if you knew him, you knew compassion and you felt that wherever he was, that was home. 

     As a young man Harold joined the navy and after he finished his tour with the navy and was discharged, he spent many years working and managing sheep and cattle ranches in California.  In June 1965 he seized an opportunity to manage a cattle ranch in Richter Pass in Osoyoos hence the move to Canada.

     In 1968 after becoming good friends with a logging contractor in Cawston, his always present sense for adventure took him from ranching to logging.  Moving between Cawston, Keremeos and Princeton, he continued working for different logging contractors.  In 1973 with a few dollars and a dream, he bought some logging equipment and started his own company.  (Spent more time working on the equipment than running it).  1976 brought him to Ashcroft where he logged and developed much of the Venables, Twaal and Blue Earth Valley's as well as Pimainus and the Inkikuh in Highland Valley.  He retired in 1987.  The logging company is still operational in the Merritt area and managed by his grandson David.

     In his retirement he bought the Ashcroft Honda shop.  He could never do "nothing".  He devoted his later years to helping his son and daughter on their properties fencing and spraying weeds (he hated weeds) right up until a diagnosis of Parkinson's and its affects left him unable.  Always the adventurer it was happy trails, whether it be a sheep, cow or skid trail. 

     Even though he will be missed more than words can explain, we know his legacy and his home was built for eternity. 

     Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Jackson house, they are amazing.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jackson House. 

A Private Gathering will be held at a later date.

 

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