Micheal Anthony Wright, 74, of Essex Junction, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on June 29, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late William and Anna (Pilon) Wright. The family moved to Fairfax,Vermont in 1951. Micheal graduated from Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax in 1961. Micheal was proud to have served his country with the US Navy from 1961 – 1964. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. He married the former Mary Collins on July 9, 1966 in Fairfax, Vermont.
Micheal was employed by a manufacturing company in Essex Junction for over 27 years. He held several different positions and received many awards for outstanding performance. He retired for the first time in 1993. In 1994 Micheal went back to work, this time for GDS Manufacturing as the Operations and Manufacturing Manager. Micheal retired for the second time in 2003.
Micheal had been a longtime member of Links at Lang Farm, he was an avid bowler having bowled 3 perfect games and was a Charter Captain of his boat – Little Orca from 1983 – 2003.
While his children were growing up, Micheal was a little league coach and softball coach for many of their teams. Micheal was also a bowling coach and shared his love of the game and helped many become state champions.
After his retirement Micheal and Mary enjoyed spending time with family, especially their grandchildren. Micheal was a devoted grandfather and enjoyed attending soccer games, field hockey games, baseball games, softball games, dance recitals, and music concerts. There is no doubt he was their biggest fan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Mary Wright of Essex Junction, his sons Michael Wright and wife Janice of Hinesburg, William Wright of Denver, Colorado; his daughter Alicia Likhite and husband Tony of Jericho, his brother Thomas Wright and wife Wendy of California, sister Mary Fleury of Tennessee, 3 grandchildren, Grey Wright, Maryel Likhite, Kate Likhite, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Clement and Letitia Cardinal, John and Betty Collins, Owen and Alice Collins, Tom Collins, Norbert and Audrey Collins, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also predeceased by his brother Robert and his wife Gerri Wright.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday January 7, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday January 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Fairfax with Reverend Henry Furman officiating. Inurnment will follow weather permitting. Memorial contributions in Micheal’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or by visiting www.woundedwarriorproject.org. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.