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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

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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