Donald Claire Wright (Don) passed away on May 20. Don was born on December 27th, 1944, in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Arden and Helen Wright. He served in the U.S. Army, including spending part of his enlisted time in Alaska, where he learned to weld and worked on the Alaskan pipeline. After his time in the Army, he moved to Los Angeles, where he met and married his wife, Colleen. While in Los Angeles, he worked for Shelby-American and helped to build the Shelby GT40 that would eventually race and win at Le Mans. He moved to Cleveland to start a family, and co-founded Pierce-Wright Precision, a welding and fabricating company. While driven professionally, he devoted most of his energy to being a loving husband, and a devoted father to his three children. He loved taking the family on camping trips, bike rides, and always made holidays extra special. Don was a man who believed in hard work, individuality, honesty, and direct communication. A diehard democrat, Don was a huge proponent of women’s rights. He flew the flag every day and lowered it before sunset every evening. He had a giving and generous spirit, a sharp wit, and an edgy sense of humor that will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His surviving family includes his wife of 57 years, Colleen Wright (nee Dark), daughter Kelly Wright, son Christopher Wright and his wife Mary Wright (nee Hollis), and daughter Carrie Wright (partner Matt Henderlich). Don is also survived by sister, Lois Rey, and brother, Robert Wright, and his two beloved granddaughters, Avery Wright (Chris and Mary) and Jane Wight (Carrie). In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Don’s memory.

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