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Ralph F. Wright

Alachua, Fla. — Ralph F. Wright, a longtime resident of Woodstock, Vt., passed away at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, in Alachua on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, where he had lived since 2010.

Ralph was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Hartland Four Corners, Vt. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1939. He married Helen Carpenter of East Barnard, Vt. in 1941. They were married for 66 years until her death in 2007.

The couple lived briefly in Washington D.C. and later in Denver, Colo. where Ralph completed Aircraft Drafting training. In July, 1943, they moved to San Diego, Calif. where he took a job in a factory that built B-24 Liberator Bombers. They returned to Vermont in the fall of 1943 and Ralph enlisted in the Navy. He trained as a Hospital Corpsman and x-ray technician at the Davisville, R.I. Naval Air Station.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Ralph began his 38 year career at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vt. as an Adjudication Clerk. He was promoted to Chief of the Adjudication Division, one of the first to do so with neither a college nor law degree.

After retiring, Ralph and Helen enjoyed spending time with family and friends, square dancing, tending their beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, and traveling.

Ralph and Helen raised three children and nurtured many others over the years. Ralph is fondly remembered for his integrity, strong work ethic, sense of humor, love of children, animals, nature and poetry, and his generosity and willingness to help others in need.

Ralph is survived by two sons, Bruce Wright and his wife, Barbara, of Hartford, N,Y., Dennis Wright and his wife, Tuesday of Jaffrey, N.H. and Woodstock; a daughter, Susan Wright and her husband, Phil Whelpton of Alachua; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed by family and friends and of course, his faithful cat, Pedro. A private burial will take place in Woodstock in the spring.