Linwood Wright — May 28,1929 to March 30, 2013

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 2:00pm

Linwood Wright passed away at his Island home on Saturday, March 29 and will be sadly missed.

He was born on the west side in 1929; the son of Francis (Ball) and Leon Wright, and would have celebrated his 84th birthday in May. Linwood lived on Block Island almost his entire life, only leaving when his family moved to Newport for a short time when he was a teenager, and then again to serve his country in Korea. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952; he earned a Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars and a United Nations service medal. Linwood worked at the State Airport as a maintenance mechanic until his retirement, and continued to be an almost daily presence there over the years that followed. The workers at the airport became his extended family.

He was an Island icon who told a great story, was quick with a joke and was known for his good-natured teasing. He was a profoundly curious, mostly self-educated man who collected and shared many books over his lifetime. He was particularly passionate about health and nutrition. He took joy in being able to fulfill another’s need or feed their curiosity and would often show up unexpectedly with an unsolicited gift or leave it anonymously.

He deeply loved Block Island and chose to be there until the end.

He is predeceased by his sister Leonore Ethel Tripler and is survived by his three children, Donna Lee Stephen of Carolina, R.I., Brian Edward Wright of Bangkok, Thailand, and Lorna Mae Wright of Coventry, R.I., six grand children and 13 great grand children.

The family will be holding a memorial service at the Harbor Baptist Church on Block Island on Saturday, May 18  (time to be announced). The burial will be private.