Nov. 7, 1928-Dec. 30, 2018.
Frank passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his sister Pat McDuffie and children, Francis Jr, David, Nancy, Andrew, and Miles. Frank received his medical degree at The Ohio State University where he met his future wife, Mary Margaret Todd (Petie) an operating room nurse at the time. He and Petie were devoted Chautauquans, taking over Petie's sister Prudence and Tom Moffet's cottage at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. He spent a year with Petie and son Miles working in Warrnambool Australia (Brierly Mental Hospital). After retirement, they moved to Walnut Creek, CA to live next to their son Gill and his family, but always returned each summer for the Chautauqua summer season and the beloved family cottage. Frank was a ship and train buff. Early in life he was in fact a mariner on the 650ft Philip R. Clark Great Lakes steamship. In retirement he volunteered to restore The Glacier and Red Oak Victory ships in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an avid sailor, he often took the family to Crystal Lake, Michigan many summers. He loved to sing old folk songs on family trips and to put his children to sleep at night. He taught all of his children and many others to ski including family vacations to Boyne Mountain and many visits to Sugar Creek Ski Hills in Dayton. He took up running in his 40s continuing until age 85. He had a lifelong thirst for knowledge and could often be found reading in his favorite recliner. Frank was a big music lover and frequently attended Nancy's concerts in the Bay Area. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the honor of Frank Wright to: Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 95423. Celebration of Life for both Frank and Petie will be held in Dayton February 16, 2019. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 13, 2019