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WRIGHT, William Lawrence

October 8, 1939 – Windsor, Ontario
May 4, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

William “Bill” Lawrence Wright, passed away peacefully at Agape Hospice, surrounded by his family, his wife of fifty five years, Laura; and his adored children, Helen (Laura Ryan), Neil (Lorna) and Ian (Kathleen Kranenburg). His severe illness was short, he was even skiing black diamond runs at Lake Louise on March 12. His last days were brightened by visits from his many friends.

Bill grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario. He was in the second graduating class of the University of Waterloo, with a degree in Engineering Science. After being recruited from his UBC M.A.Sc. studies by Shell in 1965, his professional career was based mostly in Calgary. He worked for several companies, applying his control systems expertise to pipeline development. His work took him on contract or assignment to many countries, including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, India, Colombia, Iraq, Sudan, Gabon, and for two and a half years with his family to London, England. In retirement, Bill kept very fit, mainly so he could aggressively ski with his buddies. He also enjoyed being the ski tuner for the group. He spent many hours at the Glencoe Golf practice facility where he liked to practise golf more than he liked to play it. He travelled extensively with Laura to many parts of the world that he had not seen during his working years. Bill loved his mini Schnauzer, Zen, spending many hours training her and accompanying her on off-leash walks. Whatever he did, he did thoroughly; for example, he acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of the world’s birds. Bill was an avid reader, with wide-ranging interests.

In lieu of other tributes, the family suggests donations to the Calgary Public Library Foundation (800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7, Telephone: (403) 221-2002). There will not be a memorial event. The family thanks the caring staff at Agape Hospice.

In living memory of Bill Wright, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. michael odland

    I met bill Wright when I was 13 years old. The first day of school in grade 8 I was invited to the Wrights residence for lunch. I’d just become acquainted with Bill’s son Neil, who became a great lifelong friend. Bill made an effort to joke around with us that day.

    A year or two later I wanted to buy Bill’s neighbors old van. Bill suggested that he would allow me to work on this van in his driveway and use his garage. He did put one condition on this, and that was to inform my father that I was trying to build a hot rod down the road at my friend Neil’s house.

    So when I did actually start driving I managed to crash my dad’s station wagon into Bill’s Hedge. It was Winter, there was ice and there were girls walking by, it could have happened to anyone. Bill did not get mad at me he told me to be careful while driving and try not to let it happen again anywhere.

    Bill and Laura lived very close to Rideau Park School for many years. When Neil and I finished Grade 9 at that school Bill allowed us to have a party with all the kids in Grade 9 in his backyard. I managed to get us a bunch of beer which went over really well with all the young students. Turns out Bill was fine with this as long as he and Laura and some other parents were with us.

    When Ian graduated from Rideau Park Junior High they had another after grad party just as nice and I was there with Neil to help out Bill.

    A few years later Bill was going to have a barbecue for his colleagues. Bill asked me if I would like to cook the steak and lobster on the BBQ. I really enjoy Lobster so I thought this was going to be great. After accepting his invitation I then realized that I did not know how to cook lobster or steak. The day of the barbecue Bill gave me a few tips , hints and left me to the grill. I think this helped inspire me to become a chef, as a few years later I went to SAIT. I worked as an Executive Chef for 17 years.

    In those years I got to go skiing with Bill many times. He would put Neil and I to work on waxing skis, and preparing for the upcoming days.

    More recently I was working as a carpenter / renovator. I was able to help Bill with what he required for his renovations and projects. Bill paid me a very fair wage which helped me greatly. Bill is appreciative of great work but he would also tell you when he felt that you were charging too much or not doing what was discussed.

    I also remember golfing with Bill and Laura, lots of great times visiting, dining, and just enjoying the familiarity of being in the presence of people you care about. I’ll never forget you Bill.

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