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Edwin H. Wright

August 2, 2021

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Edwin H. Wright, of Bridgeton NJ, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Inspira Health in Elmer, NJ.  He was 89.  Ed had been in declining health after suffering a stroke on June 1, 2020.  It devastated his life and he struggled with the re-adjustment.  He was in perfect health his entire life until the stroke. 

Born in Sharptown, NJ, he was the son of the late Harry and Myrtle Wright, also of Sharptown.  He grew up in the area and attended Woodstown High School.  He loved sports and was an all-star football player in school. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wasp and was honorably discharged and was a DuPont retiree.

He loved the outdoors which included camping, fishing, motorcycle riding and maintaining a meticulous yard.  He was always tinkering with something like waxing his car, under the hood, riding his lawnmower, weed whacking or painting.  He never stopped and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  On weekends, he could be found with his wife, Carol, and brother-in-law, John, antiquing in lower Delaware, Berlin and Ocean City, MD.  Very often, they would take the Cape May-Lewis Ferry to those southern destinations.  Their Bridgeton and Florida homes are filled with treasures from those memorable trips.  However, out of all of his passions in life, none was greater than his love for Nascar racing.  He owned fast cars, loved working on them and had that “need for speed”.  He followed the Nascar circuit and his idol was Dale Earnhardt Sr., the “Great #3.”  Another thrill in his life was a birthday gift given to him by his wife, Carol.  On August 13, 2016, she purchased a ticket for the running of the Monster Mile at Dover Downs Speedway.  Accompanied by his step daughter, Tammy (husband Al), they traveled to the track and Ed raced in an official Nascar race car topping off at a speed of 119.2 mph.  He was given a plaque for that accomplishment.  He lived life to the fullest and at the end of the day, he could be found sitting on the front porch of his Seven Gables home, reading his Round Up Magazine and talking with neighbors and friends.  He will be sadly missed. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol M. of 21 years, brother Jake and sister Barbara of Sharptown, daughter, Sharon (Otis) of Vineland, his grandchildren, Danny and Michele and great grandchild Oliver, daughter, Sandy (Harold) of Quinton, brother in laws, John Moriarty, Tom Moriarty (Edith) of Florida, stepdaughter Tammy (Al) of Salem, NJ. stepson Richard Johnson Jr., (Bonnie) of Deepwater, NJ, step grandson, Richard Johnson III also of Deepwater, NJ.  He is predeceased by his first wife, Barbara and his parents Harry and Myrtle Wright.

The family would also like to acknowledge and thank his medical support team during this past year.  The doctors and nurses and support team at Inspira Health in Vineland, Cooper University Hospital in Camden, rehab facilities at Encompass and Bishop McCarthy in Vineland, Friends Village in Woodstown and his in-home therapy care with Bayada. The doctors, especially the nurses and support staff and in-patient Bayada Hospice Care at Inspira Health in Elmer.  Your care, comfort and understanding will always be remembered.  Our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone!

 Ed chose cremation, and at his request, there will be no service.  Private burial will be at a later date.  Woodside Funeral Home in Quinton, NJ will be preparing the arrangements.  The family requests that contributions be made in Ed’s memory to: The Salem County Humane Society.   PO Box 214, Carney’s Point, NJ  08069 or Bo Lends A Paw Pet Pantry, 16 Pine Avenue, Salem, NJ  08079

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