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John Wright (1905-1963)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, December 12, 1963

Headline: John Wright dies at work, 1963

    A long-time Yukon resident who was one of the first plumbers to work on the NWHS dropped dead at his job on Friday.

    John Wright, 58, suffered a heart attack while working the evening shift at the Central heating plant at Camp Takhini, where he was stationary engineer two. He had been employed there since July, 1953.

    Mr. Wright, who was born at Donogheal, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, came to Canada during the hungry 'thirties, He was a member of a local masonic lodge.

    He is survived by his wife, Edith, and two children - Tom, who, is with the RCAF at Prince George, and Eileen (Mrs. Roach) who lives at North Bay, Ontario.

    Funeral services took place Wednesday.

The article above was on Page 14, the longer one below on Page 8, in the Camp Takhini News section.


    John Wright, a 58-year-old employee of 17 Works Coy RCE passed away rather suddenly last Friday while on shift at the Central Heating of Camp Takhini,

    John, who was very well known within the Camp, having been a resident for the past 17 years, was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Whitehorse.

    He was originally a native of Donoghadel, County Down, Northern Ireland and he arrived in Canada during the hungry thirties. He was employed at first on arrival, in the shipyards of Vancouver as a plumber, coming North to the Highway System in 1946, where he became the first Foreman Plumber.

    After much diligent study, John obtained his Stationery Engineer 2nd Class certificate on July 1, 1953, and has been constantly employed at the heating plant ever since.

    John is survived by his wife Edith and two children, Tom, 33, who is with the RCAF at Prince George, B.C. and his married daughter Mrs. Eileen Roach who is living in North Bay, Ontario. The funeral was held yesterday and all of Camp Takhini offer their condolences to his family.