David E. Wright, 83, passed away on June 3, after a brief illness, surrounded by family. David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Wright (née Sirois), 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren with another expected in August 2021; David A and Karen Wright (David N and Danielle), of Bangor ME, Malcolm and Heidi Wright (Sam and Alison) of Weare NH, Julie and Kurt Tornquist (Eric, Emily, Sara, Travis, Chloe) of Indianapolis, IN, Paul and Stephanie Wright (Logan) of Londonderry NH, and Heidi Wright (Michael) of Hermon, ME. He was predeceased by his mother Rachel Merrill Wright Frye, father Herman Wright, and step-sister Dorothy Frye Kinney. He is also survived by his siblings Jean Bishop, Shirley Cutter, Herman Jr., Robert, Marie Hill, William, Michael, Wendy, his Danish adopted son, Jesper Kobbernagel, and family, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
David was born on January 15, 1938 in Campton, New Hampshire where he spent his early years on the Merrill farm with his grandparents and various cousins. He moved to Fort Fairfield Maine at the age of 13 with his mother Rachel and step-father Rev. Walter Frye. He attended Fort Fairfield High School and graduated in 1955. This is where he met the love of his life, Joan Sirois. They wed on May 30, 1959 and settled down in Fort Fairfield where he became a well known meat cutter. He worked at Hederick’s IGA and then was the owner of C & W Enterprises, a local sandwich shop. He is remembered fondly by many for his roast beef sandwiches and spiced rolled roasts.
David was an active member of his community in Fort Fairfield. He and Joan were members of the J.C.s as a young couple. He served on the Town Council, School, Board, and Housing Authority. Dave served on the board of the Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter for the Homeless for many years. He started the Project Graduation program in Fort Fairfield for the Class of 1981 and famously held a fundraiser allowing the highest bidder to shave his beard. He came out of retirement to work for the Town of Fort Fairfield as the flood mitigation officer after the historic flood of 1994. After Hurricane Katrina he went to work with FEMA to New Orleans to share his expertise. He ended his career at Aroostook Mental Health Center, developing the transportation program for mental health and substance abuse clients. He was given numerous awards and recognitions including the Governor’s Award.
In his later years, he and his wife Joan moved to Hermon Maine to be closer to their children. Dave enjoyed getting coffee at Frank’s Bakery and was happiest when in front of his grill surrounded by family and friends. There will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Homeless Services of Aroostook at P.O. Box 1753, Presque Isle, ME 04769 attn; Lisa McLaughlin. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.