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Obituary: Deacon Frederick C. Wright, 71

Deacon Frederick C. Wright, 71, of Silver Bay, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Benedictine Health Center with his wife by his side. He was born in Duluth on May 6, 1950, to John and Margaret (Burke) Wright and was the eldest of ten children. Deacon Fred graduated Duluth Cathedral High School in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter. As a veteran of the Vietnam era, Deacon Fred often proudly shared that he served “for 8 years, 10 months, 9 days, and an hour and a half.” He returned to Duluth after his time in the Navy and worked for the Coast Guard. He met the love of his life, Mary Schlichting, and they just recently celebrated 40 years of loving commitment. Fred worked various jobs as a chief stationary engineer, finishing his career as a production coordinator at Minnesota Power, Taconite Harbor. In retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed road trips with his wife Mary and being “Poppy” to his grandboys.

Deacon Frederick Wright

Deacon Fred was known as a kind and faithful man. In addition to serving his country, he served his community as an EMT and worked with the Tower volunteer fire department. Deacon Fred was a devout Catholic, an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Silver Bay, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and part of the Cursillo Community of the Diocese of Duluth. He was called to be a deacon and was ordained in 1994. Deacon Fred faithfully served his home parish as well as other parishes on the North Shore. 

Deacon Fred was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph Wright. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters Anne Wright and Katie (Alex) Jerabek of Rochester, and grandsons Johnny, Joey, and Tommy Jerabek; siblings Barb (John) Carlson, Mary Wright, John (Jane Laurence) Wright, Cathy (Guy) Gadomski, Ben (Melissa) Wright, Dorothy (Dan) Turnbloom, Joan (Dale) Maiers, Margi (Jeff) Kline, and sister-in-law Robin (McGinn) Wright; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and special family members Adam, Nicole, and Ruby Pond. Special thanks to the staff at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center (fourth floor) and the Benedictine Health Center for their respect and care for Deacon Fred. 

Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Silver Bay. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis will be at a later date.