John arthur wright - RCNVR  

Born January 28, 1926 Died June 21, 2002

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Published Friday, June 21, 2002

John Arthur Wright, CD, master warrant officer, Royal Canadian Navy, retired, passed away quietly in his sleep at the Northeast Florida Hospice Center early May 25th after a long illness.

John was born in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 28, 1926. After attending Ridgeway Public and High school schools, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserves (RCNVR) in March of 1944 and served honorably until 1969.

Mr. Wright survived the torpedo attack on the HMCS MAGOG In the St. Lawrence River in 1944. During continued service as a diesel engineer on The HMS Iroquois, he was on duty in the engine room when she was hit by enemy fire. The HMS Iroquois was the only Canadian ship to take enemy fire in the Korean Conflict.

He received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal, 1939-45, Korea Medal, United Nations Service Medal and received not one but two Canadian Forces Decorations.

Retiring from the RCN in the spring of 1969, he also worked for the Nichols School as a maintenance engineer, retiring after 19 years. An exemplary man, he is survived by his wife Gail of St. Augustine; sisters, Etta, Lois, Marilyn; and brother, Deardon, all of Ridgeway, Ontario; sister, Glenna, of Thompson, Manitoba and daughter, Darlene of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sister Jean and brothers Charles and Wayne predeceased him.

A memorial service for MWO John Wright will be held at the Bertie Bretheren in Christ Church, in Stevensville, Ontario at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2002.

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