Dr. Richard M. Wright, D.D.S., 89, of Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, NY, formerly of Fredonia, NY, passed away Friday, February 18, 2022. Born September 27, 1932 in Jamestown, NY, he was the son of the late Rupert A. and Catherine (Barnett) Wright. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Parochial School in Jamestown before graduating from Jamestown High School.
A retired orthodontist with offices in Fredonia and Jamestown, NY, he graduated from Niagara University with Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree. He had his general dentistry education and training from University of Buffalo Dental School. He completed a 3-year program in orthodontics at the Institute for Graduate Dentistry in New York City and completed a 2-year post graduate program in orthodontics at Columbia University in New York City. He was a Diplomate of the American Board Orthodontics after being certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
A United States Army veteran, Richard served in Korea during the Korean War. He had been a past member of the Fredonia Rotary Club. He married Carolyn (Shelgren) January 4, 1958 and they were happily married until her death December 6, 2015. She and Dick had attended St. Joseph Church in Fredonia, NY serving in special ministry among other capacities. Carolyn worked alongside him in his offices and together they were a team putting beautiful smiles on people’s faces and making this a brighter world in so many different ways!
He was predeceased by his two brothers: Msgr. Rupert Wright and Julian Wright.
There will be no visitation or services. Interment is in Holy Cross Cemetery, Jamestown, NY. Donations may be made to Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127 or St. Joseph Church, 145 E. Main Street, Fredonia, NY 14063. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home