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09/06/10 - NNHS Newsletter - George Wright

George Fitchett Wright, Jr.
(23 May 1920 - 03 Sept 2010)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Labor Day.  George Wright, Class of @ 1937, passed away in Williamsburg on Friday, September 3, 2010 at the age of 90.

From the Daily Press - 09/06/10:

      George F. Wright
WILLIAMSBURG - George Fitchett Wright Jr. died Sept. 3, in Williamsburg following a brief illness.

He served as Director of Travel Marketing for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 25 years. He was twice president of the Virginia Travel Council. At retirement, he was recognized by his peers as "Virginia's Mr. Travel."

He was president of the Williamsburg-James City County Chamber of Commerce. He organized the Historic Route 5 Association to protect one of Virginia's most historic highways. He was president of the Pulaski Club, a Williamsburg community social club, and an active member of Bruton Parish Church.

He was born on May 23, 1920, in Elizabeth City, N.C., to George Fitchett and Isa Parker Wright. He graduated from Newport News High School and attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. He was a decorated veteran of World War II.

He began his career as the sports editor of the Newport News Daily Press, later serving as sports news editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch. From 1958-1960 he was director of travel promotion for the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and served as Director of Travel Marketing for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1960-1985.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Beam Wright, formerly of Richmond; a daughter, Sherwood Wright Crawford of New Bern, N.C.; two sons, Wayne Parker Wright of Wilmington, Del., and George Andrew Wright of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Bruton Parish Church Foundation, Box 3520, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
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Published in the Daily Press from September 6 to September 7, 2010.
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September 06, 2010

George was a dear Gentle Man. I knew George working at Colonial Williamsburg and attending Virginia Travel Council meetings. I was always proud to be his friend.
My deepest condolences to Margaret and the family. God Bless
Sylvia Leighrty

Sylvia Leighty, Newport News, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Wright family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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