Lewis E. Wright
January 19, 1927 - June 23, 2018
Lewis E. Wright, age 91, of Wilmington, DE, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Born in Wilmington on January 19, 1927, he was a son of the late William W. Wright and Edith (Wiberg) Wright Ricketts. Lewis graduated from P.S. DuPont High School, where he played football, baseball and swam. After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and married Eleanor Carpenter in 1949. Following his service, Lewis dedicated his career as a real estate broker and later as an auto salesman.
Lewis enjoyed sports, especially cheering on his beloved Phillies. He was a volunteer member of the Talleyville Fire Company and the Lions Club. In his spare time, Lewis was a drummer at the Bonayre Community Center in Smyrna, DE, enjoyed dancing the jitterbug and was an accomplished oil painter. He also loved boating on the Bohemia River in his cabin cruiser.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to the staff at the Wilmington VA Hospital for years of loving care to Lewis.
In addition to his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor (Carpenter) Wright; brother, William W. Wright, Jr.; and granddaughter, Katie Birney. He is survived by his wife, Jean M. (Moore) Wright; children, Diane W. Murphy (Bob) of West Chester, PA, Tom Wright (Jan) of Newark, DE and June M. Wright of Newark, DE; grandchildren, Bob Murphy (Laura), Matthew Murphy (Ali) and Mary Ellen Wright; and great grandchildren, Kaitlin, Shane, Mia, Ellie and Matthew Murphy.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in the Chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may by made in Lewis’ honor to the Talleyville Fire Company, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19803.