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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 year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

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