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In Memory of

Eleanor Virginia and Roland Wright

August 28, 1920 - January 20, 2017

Obituary


ROLAND HENRY WRIGHT, 94, of Lyme, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

He was born in Clarksburg, MA on April 25, 1917. His mother died in 1918 in the great flu epidemic. He was raised by his father until he was 12 and then lived with aunts and uncles until he entered Wentworth Institute in Boston, He never stopped missing his mother and talked often of going to see her when he died. In 1939 he received his diploma in Building Construction from Wentworth Institute...

ROLAND HENRY WRIGHT, 94, of Lyme, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

He was born in Clarksburg, MA on April 25, 1917. His mother died in 1918 in the great flu epidemic. He was raised by his father until he was 12 and then lived with aunts and uncles until he entered Wentworth Institute in Boston, He never stopped missing his mother and talked often of going to see her when he died. In 1939 he received his diploma in Building Construction from Wentworth Institute in Boston with Highest Honors in Scholarship and Character. He was also awarded the Alumni Medal at graduation. He was proud to have received his honorary high school diploma from Drury High School in North Adams, MA in 2003.

He married, Eleanor Virginia Bray in South Shaftsbury, VT on February 10, 1940. They were introduced on a blind date while she was a student at the North Adams Hospital School of Nursing. Roland was employed by Gordon & Sutton Contractors in North Adams when they were married, and they moved to Niantic in 1941. He worked at the Victory Yard at Electric Boat before serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. After returning from Germany, he was a self-employed building contractor building many fine homes in the area.

He loved to spend time at his camp in Readsboro, VT where he enjoyed working in the woods cutting down trees to split for his wood stoves. He waited many years to see his first moose, and it did happen in 1996.

In 1944 he joined Bay View Lodge #120 of Masons in Niantic where he became a 67-year member. He served as Worshipful Master in 1953 and was named a Lifetime Member of Bay View in recognition of his designing and supervising construction of the Masonic Temple on Society Road in Niantic. He was named Associate Grand Marshal of the 8th Masonic District B, served on the Board of Managers of the Masonic Home & Hospital in Wallingford for 7 years and was named a Board Member Emeritus when he left the board. He was awarded the Pierpont Edward Medal in Bronze from the Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 1981. He served many years on the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church in Niantic.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three children, Virginia(Richard) Romaine, Sheboygan Falls, WI, Roland W. (Diedre), Saratoga Springs, NY, and Carolyn (Richard) Miller, East Lyme; his 5 grandchildren, William(Kim) Giesecke of Madison, WI, Charles Romaine of Sheboygan Falls, WI, Christopher Wright of Saratoga Springs, NY, Megan (Mark) Aubrey of Norwichtown, and Karen(Scott) Galbo of Niantic; and his beloved great-grandchildren, Richard, Scott and Ashleigh Galbo, Johnathan Giesecke, and Haleigh Miller.

To thank the kind and caring staff at Bride Brook Health and Rehab donations may be made to the Employee Council at Bride Brook, Liberty Way, Niantic or St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Main Street, Niantic. Please omit flowers.

A Memorial Service will be conducted Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM, at the Bay View Masonic Temple, Society Road, Niantic. Buriaul will be at the convenience of the family in the Village Cemetery in Readsboro, VT, where he spent so many happy days at his camp.

Arrangements under the direction of Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service, Niantic, CT.


ELEANOR VIRGINIA BRAY WRIGHT, 96, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation in Niantic. She had been a resident of Lyme for 43 years and before that a resident of Black Point for 30 years.

Mrs. Wright was born on August 28, 1920, in Springfield, MA to Wells Thayer Bray and Ruth Evelyn St. Marie. She attended the North Adams Hospital School of Nursing and was married to Roland H. Wright on February 10, 1940 in So. Shaftsbury, VT. Roland died in September, 2011. Her brother, Richard, predeceased her in 2013.

She was a 50-year member of the former Nehantic Chapter of the Eastern Star, a member of the Mayflower Society, and a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Niantic where she was the director of the Altar Guild for many years. In the early 80's she was proud to have passed the Connecticut Real Estate exam to become a real estate agent.

When the Crystal Mall opened in Waterford in 1984, she was able to realize her dream of becoming a sale associate at the former Jordan Marsh and later Macy's Department Store. She consistently won the top prize for opening the most charge accounts for customers. She loved to cook big dinners and was well known for her delicious pies, breads and coffee cakes.

She is survived by her three children, Virginia (Richard) Romaine of Sheboygan Falls, WI, Roland W. (Diedre) Wright of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Carolyn (Richard) Miller of East Lyme; her five grandchildren, William (Kim) Giesecke of Madison, WI, Charles Romaine of Sheboygan Falls, WI, Christopher Wright of Saratoga Springs, NY, Megan (Mark) Aubrey of Moodus, and Karen (Scott) Galbo of Niantic; and he beloved great0grandchildren, Richard, Scott and Ashleigh Galbo, Johnathan Giesecke, and Haleigh Miller.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bride Brook for their patience and their kind and caring dedication to her care.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lyme Ambulance, P. O Box 911, Hadlyme, CT 06439 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, P. O. Box 908, Wilton, NH 03086-0908.

Service will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Village Cemetery in Readsboro, VT.

Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Niantic is handling the arrangements. Please visit www.fulton-therouxniantic.com for photos, tributes, and more information.