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Horace M. Wright, Jr.

June 12, 1940 - October 7, 2020

Horace M. Wright, Jr. peacefully passed away at the age of 80 in his home, surrounded by his family and dogs, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Horace was born in Parkesburg, PA on June 12, 1940. He had three siblings, Rose Ranck, John Wright and the late Jean Mullin. Throughout his lifetime, “Pop” (as many of his players called him) found joy through coaching youth football and softball in West Chester. He supported his four children, Mark Wright, Rene’ Zelkin (Gregg), Rose Ann Smith (Gregory) and Michael Wright in their sporting adventures throughout their childhood. Horace worked at Shop Rite in West Chester for over 40 years as a grocery manager. He loved working with the customers on a daily basis. Horace enjoyed family gatherings around the dinner table. He found true joy in good Italian food and fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Italy. Fond memories were made with his three grandchildren, Annina, Colton and Dustin, especially playing in his pool.

After 28 years of marriage, Horace has rejoined his loving wife, Connie.  He will be remembered as a happy man whose love of sports brought him joy as well as the beach, gardening, laughing, dancing and eating.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE, where a memorial mass will begin at 10:30 am. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Horace’s memory to the American Lung Association by clicking here.


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12 Condolences for Horace M. Wright, Jr.

  • My heart is with you. Horace was a wonderful father to his children and friend to me.

  • Our most sincere condolences and prayers. We love you.

  • Our Love to All. He will always be with us. Peace Horace!

  • Rene, Rose, Mark,
    With great sadness I read of the passing of your dad. He was a fine and friendly person whom I’ll always remember as an avid supporter of all of you as well as providing help to your friends and others in need. His smile was infectious and his personality positive. In the brief window of time in which I knew your dad, he made a positive impression on me. Thank you for bringing him and yourselves into my life. As you’ll also read from others, take heart that your dad was a good man who left a positive mark on this world. Take care to all of you.

  • May God comfort you during this difficult time. My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to you and your family.

  • I will always remember Uncle Horace with a big smile on his face. Sending our love and prayers to all of you!

  • Horace may you rest in peace. You were a very special person, and loved by many. May your memories last in the hearts of your grandsons.

  • I will never forget all the good times. I’m glad we had a chance to bond until we meet again Rest In Peace. Love always April and Winston.

  • Horace thank you for all the great memories, my coach and my 2nd pop many yrs ago may you rest in peace. Renee , Mark , Rose and Michael , may your best memories of your pop forever bring you joy ! he was the best and i’m will be praying for everybody that his life touch will be filled with his laughter and not sadness thur this difficult time . i always hear his words and often laugh when that one softball game he yelled Sciarretta don’t jump that fence and fight lol the good old days love ❤️ in my heart forever pop

  • We were sadden by the loss of our neighbor, Horace. He and Connie were always so friendly and good neighbors. Loved seeing them walk their two dogs and stopping to chat. Sending our sincere sympathy to the family. RIP

  • I am very sorry about Uncle Horace. One of my best memories was when he made blueberry pancakes for dinner when we were kids. They tasted so yummy!

  • My deepest condolences to all of you. Keeping all of you in my prayers. May your dad Rest In Peace.