Clayton Earl "Buster" Wright, Jr., of Hopedale, MA went to be with our Lord on Nov. 23, 2016 at the ripe old age of 91 years, 3 months and 11 days. He was the husband of Katherine (Mendykowski) Wright, to whom he was married for 27 years. His wish to be cared for at home was respected and made possible by his youngest son, Gregory.
Mr. Wright was born in Milford on Aug. 12, 1925, the eldest son of the late Clayton E. "Lefty" and Thressa H. (Rogers) Wright, and attended Hopedale High School.
Mr. Wright had been the Director of Maintenance at the Hopedale Community House for over 20 years, retiring at the age of 87. Previously, he had worked as Superintendent of the Park Department for the Town of Hopedale and for the former Trubuilt Truck Body Co. Inc. in Milford. He had been employed as a builder of custom houses and worked concurrently at Sunnyside Farms in Bellingham and as a call firefighter with the Towns of Bellingham and Hopedale Fire Departments.
Mr. Wright was a 65+ year member of Montgomery Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Milford. Mr. Wright was a member of the Union Evangelical Church in Hopedale for over 40 years and was very active in church affairs, notably as a 30+ year member of the church choir, as a Trustee, a Deacon and a member of the building committee. In addition, he had chaired many church suppers and flea markets over the years. He was very proud of his baptism by immersion while a member of the First Baptist Church in Bellingham. In his younger years, Mr. Wright was very active in coaching youth sports in Hopedale. Having grown up in "South Hopedale", he was a veritable fountain of knowledge about historical places and events in that part of town.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Wright served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in the 81st Quartermaster Company stationed in Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Saipan at the invasion of Japan. He was the Past Commander of the former Walter H. Tillotson Post, American Legion Post #267 of Hopedale. He had been a Master of the former Mendon Grange. For his entire life he was an avid bowler in several leagues, and he loved playing cards.
He was a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers Thomas Rogers, William Brewster and Giles, Stephen and Constance Hopkins. Always, he was a devoted family man.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Wright is survived by three sons: Gregory A. Wright of Hopedale, Bradley W. Wright and his wife Leslie of Bellingham, and Bruce C. Wright and his partner Simone Lambert of St. Cloud, FL, and a daughter Becky E. Desjardin of North Adams. He also leaves four grandchildren: Shannan K. and her husband Jon Dabelstein of Northbridge, Alanna R. Wright and her fiancé David Arcand of VA, Victoria E. Wright of RI, and Melissa E. Desjardin of Adams, MA, his granddaughter-in-law, Rosario (Vingua) Wright of CA as well as five great-grandchildren: Jackson T. Wright of CA, Nuala E. and Mairead K. Arcand of VA, and Giada B. and Coen W. Dabelstein of Northbridge.
In addition, he is survived by two sisters, June Kelley of Northbridge and Shirley Kempton of Millville. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and his sisters-in-law, Teresa M. Tkowski and her husband Michael of Bellingham, Cynthia J. Lizik and her husband Ron of VA, Eleanor (Thallinger) Wright of Northbridge and Midori (Matuba) Wright of Bremerton, WA.
He was predeceased by his son, Brian F. Wright, his grandson, Kevin M. Wright, three brothers, Walter D. Wright of Mendon, Roy L. Wright of Northbridge and Roger L. Wright of Bremerton, WA, his first wife, Elizabeth (Thomas) Wright, to whom he was married for 40 years, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service with Full Military Honors will be held Sat., Jan. 7, 2017 at 10 AM in the Union Evangelical Church, 25 Dutcher St., Hopedale. The Montgomery Lodge of Masons will be offering a masonic ritual during the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Buster's memory to the Union Evangelical Church, 25 Dutcher St., Hopedale, MA 01747 or to the Bancroft Memorial Library, 50 Hopedale St., Hopedale, MA 01747.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford www.bumafuneralhome.com