Calvert Dale Wright, 79, passed away suddenly on April 8, 2019 at his home in Black Creek. He will be remembered and missed by Mary-Kay, his wife of 55 years, children Ronna Lee (Martin Beaulieu) and Mitch (Jessica Raymond), grandchildren Justin, Lily and Hannah, as well as numerous extended family members.
Cal was predeceased his parents Frank and Adeline, as well as siblings John and Claire. He is survived by his sister Margaret.
Cal was born the youngest of four siblings on Jan. 23, 1940 in Wilkie, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm before leaving to join the Navy at 17. He retired from military service after 20 years and then worked as an electronics technician with the Canadian Coast Guard, spending time in Ucluelet and Sandspit. He officially retired in 1992 but continued to work part-time for years with his own appliance repair business and as a security guard.
Cal made friends easily and often and loved to poke harmless fun at friends and loved ones. He enjoyed travelling and most years after retirement, spent months on the road with Mary-Kay, heading south in their truck and camper to crisscross North America, Mexico and even into Central America. These travels often included stops to satisfy his interest in American Civil War history, as well as to visit family and the many friends made over years of travel.
Known for his ability to fix almost anything mechanical or electronic, Cal also had a knack for explaining things, so long as he could do so by sketching a diagram. Although slowed somewhat by age in recent years, Cal was seldom able to sit still. He took pleasure camping, puttering around the 10-acre plot he called home since 1980, and maintaining a supply of firewood sufficient to last through any emergency and potentially the next ice age.
Cal will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. At his request, no formal service will be held.