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Obituary: Frederick Wright, Sr.

Frederick “Pop-Pop” Wright, Sr., was born on April 19, 1914 and died on November 27, 2012. A service of remembrance was held for him on Dec. 4 at the the Hood African American Episcopal Zion Church of Oyster Bay. 

Mr. Wright was born to the late Robert Wright, a WWII veteran and the late Annie Mae Shepherd-Wright, who was a devoted wife. Mr. Wright was born in Philadelphia, PA.

When Mr. Wright was very young his family moved to Oyster Bay. It was then when Frederick, Sr. was united with his grandfather, William “Pop” Shepherd. Frederick was raised in Oyster Bay and attended the Oyster Bay schools. Ending his education in the eighth-grade, as a young adolescent, he took on work to help support the family.

As a young man, he met and married the love of his life, Naomi Marshall. This union was blessed with one child, Frederick S. Wright, Jr. Frederick, Sr. then relocated his family to Glen Cove where he worked and made a living for his family as a presser at Dykeman Cleaners for many years. After living in Glen Cove for 20 years, Frederick relocated his family to Westbury. At that time he worked for Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage. He retired from Gumman after 35 years of service.

Naomi and Frederick were married for more than 50 years. 

Mr. Wright leaves to cherish his precious memory: Richard and Frederick S. Wright, Jr. (deceased) a.k.a. Freddy; Audrey Wright, his daughter-in-law. He also leaves loving grandchildren: Frieda, Kathleen, Karen, Freddy III, Patricia, Floyd, Sharon (deceased), Jeffrey, Ricky and Ronald. He also leaves 15 great grands and a host of great great grands. 

Frederick Wright, Sr. also leaves to mourn two nephews, Craig Marshall and Brian Marshall, and many cousins, colleagues and friends who loved him dearly.

“The Wright family has lost a ‘golden’ family member. He will be missed as he was loved by all who knew him. Take your rest ‘Pop-Pop’, after a job well done,” said Pastor Kenneth Nelson at the conclusion of the service. 


News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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