Wilfred Glen Wright


Glen passed away at his residence in Strathcona Village, Mount Forest, on August 10, 2023.

He was the son of Wilfred and Robena (MacPhail) Wright, a native of Motherwell, Scotland.

Glen was raised in the Hopeville area.

He celebrated his ninetieth birthday August 2nd, and received congratulatory messages from 10 government dignitaries, phone calls and cards from friends and enjoyed a birthday luncheon.

He is survived by special friend, Ruth Graham who enabled him to remain in his own home, his devoted step-son, Howard Ferguson and Anna’s family.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret MacDougall Ferguson (1995) and his second wife Anna Jeanne Thompson Plantt (2015).

Glen worked as a natural gas pipeline operator and inspector, Texas headquarters and laboured in 28 states during his early career. He returned to Canada after the untimely death of his father of a heart attack at age 60, and farmed in the Swinton Park area for eight years. He and Margaret owned and operated the Wright Place in Hopeville, specializing in painting, decorating and giftware for many years. Glen and Anna moved to Wilno in the Barry’s Bay area in 2007 where they restored a scenic Renfrew county farm to its original grandeur. He retired to Strathcona Village, Mount Forest in 2015. Glen was a member of St. Mary of the Purification Roman Catholic church, Mount Forest, and a Third Degree Knights of Columbus in Wilno. He was perhaps best known as a Scottish Entertainer, Gospel and Country soloist. He could remember the words of scores of songs and had a fantastic knowledge of local history. He was a member of the Dromore Country Gentleman, the Gospel Couriers, and sang in several choirs.

A graveside committal service will be conducted at Salem Cemetery, Southgate Township across from his childhood home on Thursday, September 14 at 11 a.m. with a private reception to follow.

In appreciation of the excellent care provided to Glen by his heart care team at St.Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener, and in Mount Forest, donations in Glen’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest.

Vaya Con Dios!