James Wright

Obituary of James Wright

James W. Wright, 95, passed away Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lived in Long Island, New York, before moving to East Brunswick in 1959.

Prior to retiring in 1985, he was a pilot and captain, first for Capital Airlines, then with United Airlines, for 33 years. He owned J. Wright Company, first in South River, then in East Brunswick, which sold audio and voice components and TV repair, until he completely retired in 1992.

Mr. Wright was a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran, having served as a pilot in the Pacific and Japan. He retired from the Reserves as a First Lieutenant. He belonged to the AmVet Post #34 in East Brunswick.

A member of the Alumni Associations of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Embyr-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mr. Wright was also a member of the Air Line Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a Life Member of the Capital Airlines Pilots Association, the Retired United Pilots Association, and the America Motorcycle Association. He also belonged to the Train Collectors Association.

An avid sailor, he enjoyed navigating his 30-ft sailboat, The Flying W, to many locations up and down the coast.

Mr. Wright was an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Directors of the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce, served on the East Brunswick Township Board of Ethics, and was a member of the East Brunswick Senior Center.

He was predeceased by his wife Mildred, who passed away in 2009, his son Terry, and his sister Janet Brock.

Surviving is a daughter, Laurie Pierce and her husband Tom of Flemington, a son, Mark Wright of Hillsborough, and grandchildren, Nicole and Tiffany Pierce, and James and Victoria Wright.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 11:00-11:45am at Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by burial at Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick.