COPENHAGEN — R. Ford Wright, 88, died May 5, 2013 at his home on Maple Ave.
Ford spent much of his life as a funeral director with the former Bossuot Funeral Home in Carthage, NY, raising four kids with his beloved wife Carol. In 1978, Ford retired from the funeral business and spent the next 30 years on the road, traveling across the U.S. selling Funeral Home Directories with Carol. After retiring from his second career, Ford and Carol spent the next 10 years splitting their time between Colorado, Bella Vista, AR and the North Country, before making Copenhagen their permanent home.
Ford was born February 11, 1925 to Ralph Ford Wright Sr. and Virginia Wright in Carthage, NY. He graduated from High School at the Carthage Augustinian Academy. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. In April of 1943, Ford joined the U.S. Army to fight in WWII. He started the War in February of 1944 at Cherbourg, France, fighting his way to the outskirts of Berlin, while attaining the rank of Sergeant before being discharged in February, 1946. Ford enjoyed skiing and golfing and was devout Catholic, fourth degree Knight of Columbus and member of the Carthage Elks Lodge, BPOE #1762.
Ford is survived by his daughter, Barbann and her husband Marty Deline of Denver, CO, and their children Lesley, Cameron, Lizbeth, and Allison; his daughter Eleanor (Sis) and her husband Rudy Villerreal of Denver, CO, and their son Raul; and his son Ted and his wife Nina of Alexandria, VA and their children Boker and Anastasia, his grandson, William Billy Wright, his granddaughter, Amber Wright and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Carol Bossuot Wright (1930-2009), his son Timothy Ford Wright (1953-2011), and his grandson Micah Villarreal (1981-2005). Many thanks to Julie Hebert for caring for Ford at home for the last 10 months.
Calling hours will be held at the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, on Monday, May 6 from 5pm-9pm.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Carthage at 11am on Tuesday, May 7 at 11am, with the Rev. George F. Maroun, Pastor, officiating.
Ford will be buried at St. James Cemetery, Carthage, with interment ceremonies being held at 11am on Thursday, May 9.
Donations can be made to St. James Parish, 327 West St., Carthage, NY 13619.