In memory of
Bruce Wright
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In memory of
Bruce Wright
Bruce Wright of Sudbury and Tolland, MA died peacefully April 9, 2017 at age 67 from complications of multiple sclerosis, with which he had been diagnosed in 1997. Bruce was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1968. He achieved a B.S. in Business Administration from Drake University and an M.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford. Bruce was predeceased by his parents Charlotte and Edward Wright, his parents- in-law, Hilda and Burton Whitaker and two brothers-in-law Jeffrey Whitaker and Gerald Gemmel. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gail Wright, and his sons Peter and Graham, daughter-in-law Beth Hestad, and Teddy the cat. He also leaves his brother and sister-in-law Roger and Debra Wright of Georgia, his sister Ann Wright Gemmel of Texas, his brother and sister-in-law Mark Whitaker and Ann Kingsolver of Kentucky, a nephew David Whitaker and three nieces: Kirsten Wright, Cheryl Fields, and Kimberly Van Ellin and their husbands; three grandnieces, and many wonderful cousins. And he leaves many, many friends and connections. Bruce began his career as a human resource professional at Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, CT where he helped pioneer alternative employment models. In 1980 he and Gail moved to Sudbury, as he took a position at Digital Equipment Corporation and then GenRad Inc. He later was a Vice President of Human Resources for a variety of companies including Helix Technology, CTI Cryogenics; Barry Controls, Brooks Automation, and Nashua Corporation. He received the 2004 Hero in Human Resources Award from Gatti & Associates and Xavier Associates. After multiple sclerosis slowed him, he created a human resources consulting organization, Wright & Associates; worked with the Donohue Institute as a Disability Program Navigator, and with Minuteman ARC as Director of Employment Services. Bruce retired in 2008. Bruce was a business person who believed deeply that organizations and society benefitted when employees are respected, developed, and compensated and cared for appropriately. He also believed that everyone should have the opportunity for a good job whether it was full time, part-time, or non-traditional; whether the person was older or disabled, with a past criminal record or needing new skills, changing careers or young and completely inexperienced. He was involved with many professional organizations including as a Regional Board Member of the National Alliance of Business, a National HR Council member of the American Electronics Association, and a member of the Human Resources Management Group New England HR Association (NEHRA). In the early 90s after the technology downturn Bruce founded and led in Sudbury one of the earliest community based job search and support groups. After his diagnosis, he became an MS Activist joining the Government Relations Committee of the New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He participated often in MS Action Day at the Statehouse testifying to issues such as problems with health insurance and transportation. His ability to live fully with MS was showcased in a segment on the TV show Chronicle, in a CNN video that played in medical facilities, and in newspaper articles. As a devoted member of Memorial Congregational Church UCC of Sudbury, MA, Bruce served as a Deacon, Assistant Treasurer, and chair of the Stewardship, Personnel, and Growth and Development Committees. Right up to the end he continued to enjoy his friends and family, music, good food, his church, attending plays, and traveling to his second home on Otis Reservoir and to see Gails family in Poughkeepsie. Visitation will be held Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm at Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA.. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22 at 11am at Memorial Congregational Church 26 Concord Rd, Sudbury, MA. The burial will be at 2pm following the reception at the church. Memorial donations may be made in Bruces name to Memorial Congregational Church of Sudbury, 26 Concord Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776. For additional information, tributes and guest book, please visit Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute Sudbury, MA (978)-443-5777
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