Abraham J. Wright
March 18, 1917 ~ September 30, 2013
Abraham J. Wright passed away in Medford, Ore. September 30, 2013 at the age of 96. He is survived by his children, Hillel Wright and Judith Visser; his grandchildren, Hano Wright, Anita Miceli, Teresa Wright, Jesse Visser, Rose Morrison, and Sarah Klein; and his great-grandchildren, Ashley Wright, Brice Wright, Damien Wright, Cameron Wright, Fyfe Miceli, Kees Visser, Evan Wright, and Sofia and Brooklyn Morrison. He was preceeded in death by his beloved wife, Lena Cutler Wright; his parents, Eva Wright and Harry S. Wright; and his brothers, Oscar Wright, Melvin Wright and Israel Wright.
Abe was born in Bridgeport, Conn. March 18, 1917. He married Lena Cutler on October 17, 1942, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. Abe served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, including overseas service in the China-Burma-India Theater. He worked for many years for the U.S. Postal Service in Hartford, Conn. He earned many awards for his work there, but he was most proud of his leadership role in the Postal Employee Development Center. For many years the license plates on his car read PEDC. During his free time and on vacations, he was an avid fisherman and a voracious reader, especially novels, science fiction, and books about India, where he had spent much of his time during the war.
Abe was also active in the Civil Rights Movement and the Labor Movement, and he played a part in establishing equal rights for all postal workers, regardless of ethnicity. Abe's integrity was respected by his friends, neighbors, family and colleagues, among whom he was fondly referred to as Honest Abe.
Abe's passion was singing. His signature song was Sunrise, Sunset which he sang at nearly every celebration to the delight of all in attendance. He developed programs of creatively themed sing-alongs, which he presented to groups around the Rogue Valley. He especially loved singing to his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Abe and Lee moved to Talent, Ore. in 1998. They loved the musical offerings they discovered in Southern Oregon and often attended the Youth Symphony and concerts in Lithia Park.
Abe was loved by his wife, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and by his many nieces and nephews, several of whom sent messages of condolence as well as their favorite memories of Uncle Abe. He lived a long and fulfilling life and will be missed by many.