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“Very sorry to hear of Dick:s passing. Dick was one of the Trapelo Rd neighborhood gang growing up in the fifties. Later in HS, at Waltham, several of...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Bruce Bixby - Locust Grove,, VA

“My condolences and best wishes to the Wright Family. I had the privilege of knowing Richard for several years. He took such tremendous pride in his...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: susan herzlinger botein - boston, MA

“Jeff, Marty, Steven and Rich. Very sooty to hear of your Dad's passing. Many warm thoughts growing up knowing your Dad. Blessings. Chris ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Chris Bourque - Yardley, PA

“Dick was a very active member of the Newton YMCA for many years.I knew him for the last ten. He was always available for a political or sports...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: John Twomey Twomey - NEWTON, MA

“My deepest condolences to Mrs Wright and the boys. Fond memories of Mr Wright, May he rest in eternal peace. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: James Centofanti - Oakland, CA

“Our deepest sympathy are with the Wright Family at this difficult time. Ralph was good friends with Dick and has many wonderful memories of their...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Bernadette Catalano Drinkwater - MA

“Jeff and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless - The MacDougall Family ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: RJ and Anne MaxDougall - Waltham, MA

Na “Dick and I played high school football together. He was a good friend in high school and later I joined his high school reunion committee.A real...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jerry Kaufman - Waltham, MA

“Dick Wright was a wonderful neighbor for forty years. He was always asking how my husband Gabe and I were doing. He and Eileen raised 4 successful...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: nancy repassy - Waltham, MA

“So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I too was an Usherette at Our Lady's Parish, and saw Richard and his wife Saturday afternoons at Mass. ...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Laura McCann - Waltham, MA

“To all the Wright family,I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I saw him every Saturday at 4:00 Mass at Our Lady's. I am an usher, like he was....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: mary callahan - waltham, MA


Richard A. "Dick" Wright of Waltham died on May 6, 2019, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 84.

Richard was born in Newton on February 6, 1935, the son of the late George and Madeleine (Dubois) Wright. He was a 1952 graduate of Waltham High School. After high school, Dick did a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy in Maine (1953). He then attended the University of Massachusetts on a football scholarship from 1954 to 1957. He was a star half back and safety for the Minutemen for his four years obtaining national and local accolades. He was a lifelong resident of Waltham, living on Marlboro Road in his youth and for the past 56 years on Copley Avenue.

Dick's professional career was spent largely at Raytheon Corporation, first at the Badger Company (a Raytheon subsidiary) in Cambridge, MA, and after earning increasing levels of responsibility ended his career in 1998 at Raytheon Headquarters in Lexington, MA as an Executive Controller. Dick earned his MBA from Northeastern University (1967) and a Certification in Public Accounting from Bentley College (1970). Dick also served in the US Army working as a cryptographer. He enjoyed telling stories of his time spent in the Army deployed in Germany and his important role as a code breaker.

The love of Dick's life was his wife and best friend Eileen. Dick and Eileen were married in 1962. Dick and Eileen loved vacations traveling to the Caribbean islands and Florida. They both enjoyed their beach house on the Cape in West Dennis, where they spent their summer months in retirement walking the length of West Dennis beach every day. During the winters, they would travel to Florida, spending the first few years in Melbourne Beach, and the remaining years in Naples. Dick looked forward to his son's families coming to visit to hang out by the pool, play golf, and going out to dinner. Dick was an avid runner who ran a couple of marathons and many road races. He fondly recalls his work days in Cambridge, MA running on the Charles at lunch time. Dick also lived and died with Boston sports, especially the Patriots and Celtics. He also liked to attend UMass football games and would take his sons to all Waltham High School football games when they were young. Dick was inducted into the Bridgton Academy sports Hall of Fame in 2005 after playing football, basketball, and baseball there.

Along with his wife Eileen, he leaves his four sons; Richard of Los Angeles, CA, Jeffrey Wright (Holly Lassige) and his son, Viktor of Plymouth MA, Martin Wright of Waltham, MA, and Steven (Cindy), and their daughter, Kennedy and son, Trent of North Chelmsford, MA. Dick was pre-deceased by his sister Carole Wright.

Family and friends will honor and remember Richard's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), in Waltham on Friday May 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Saturday before leaving in procession to Our Lady of Comforter Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road Waltham, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne is private.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute,450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.