Obituary of Ernest E. Wright
Ernest Eugene Wright, who was affectionately called Gene, by family and friends was born on December 21, 1926, in Fayetteville, N.C. to the late Weldon and Pearl (Brown) Wright. He was one of six children. At the young age of three, his family migrated and settled in Brooklyn, NY.
He received his education in the New York City school system and joined the Army/Air Force military service during WWII. He was a member of the 5th Airborne Division.
Ernest became a self-taught musician, and fell in love with the Saxophone, as well the Piano during his service to our country.
Ernest was joined in marriage to the late Dolores Jane Smith of Southampton, New York. From that union, they were blessed with eight children. Reginald Keith, Bernard Eugene, Edwin Phillip, Beverly Annette, Roger Leonard, Glenn Brian, Bruce Darryl, and Scott Terrance.
Ernest was employed with the New York City Transit Association and retired in 1986 after years of service. After his retirement, he and wife, Dolores, along with sons, Bruce and Scott, moved to Shinnecock Indian Reservation where Dolores was born.
Ernest always had special stories he loved to share and music he enjoyed playing for others. He was a patient and kind person, who looked for ways to encourage others to share their talents and gifts.
Ernest Eugene Wright, 92, was predeceased by brother's William Wright, of New Jersey and Raymond Wright, of New York. Sister, Marion Flippen (William), of New Jersey. Sister-in-law's Irene Maples, June King, and Jean Smith.
He is survived by his sister, Toni Tepper (Walter) of Lakewood, New Jersey and brother, Clarence Wright (Patricia) of Toms River, New Jersey. Sister-in-law, Shirley Kerr, of Atlanta Georgia, Sister-in-law Mary Wright, of New Jersey, and brother-in-law, Joel King, of Brooklyn, New York. Also left to mourn are his daughters-in-laws, Jean Wright, Jackie Wright, Bridgett Wright, Deborah Wright, Toni Wright, Joanne Wright, Veronica Wright and Kim Wright. Son-in-law, Timothy Weaver, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Our father will be greatly missed, but his music and stories will continue to be a part of our lives forever.