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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

The installation of a cell phone antenna in the steeple of the Community Methodist Church of East Norwich has outraged parents, causing them to seek alternative preschool options for their children and resulting in the closing of the nursery school held at the church. The decision to close the school was announced last week, and the school shut its doors on the summer camp on Tuesday.

“We knew this might be coming, since the numbers were so low, but we didn’t know the summer camp would close so soon,” says Carolyn Wilson, who has been teaching at the Wesley United Method Church Nursery School for 35 years.

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The club has been planning for the tournament for the past eight years or so, when the club’s president and mayor of Mill Neck, Peter Quick, says they first discussed having it return to Nassau for the 100 year anniversary. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club.

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

Everyone who enjoys running or swimming or both is invited to join in the fun for the 3rd annual “Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run” on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

UJA-Federation of New York and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be co-hosting the event, which will consist of an 800-Meter Swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.  You can compete as an individual or as a two-person relay team.  New this year – there is also a 3 Mile “Run Only.”


Calendar

July Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 30

Babysitting and First Aid Workshop

Thursday, July 31

Opera Night

Saturday, Aug. 2



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