Wright, Kelly Gene

1942 -

With sadness the family of Kelly Gene Wright announces his passing on May 20, 2021, at the age of 78.

Kelly Gene Wright was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 14, 1942 to Jim and Lillian Wright. Kelly’s family hailed from Vauxall, Alberta, and lived in various areas of Southern Alberta for several years before finding their way to Teepee Creek, Alberta, where they bought land, built a homestead and farmed for many years. He left home at the age of 19 and moved to the Yukon where he worked for NorthTel for a few years, then moved to Fort St. John in 1965 where he began his career with BC Tel and started his life with his first wife, Karen. He transferred to Invermere in 1970 where he settled with Karen, and their six children. Besides working in telecommunications, he was also a talented handyman – always working on a project or two around the house, including building additions to accommodate six growing children.

Kelly retired from BC Tel at the age of 53 and decided to go back to his farming roots. He bought a farm close to his parents’ homestead in Teepee Creek and farmed for several years. In 1991 he met his second wife, Sharon. After retiring from farming, he adopted a laid-back lifestyle. He enjoyed camping and spent many months at the lake with Sharon during the summers.  He also enjoyed playing games and socializing with his friends. The couple relished their trips down south to the casinos with their friends there.

However, Kelly’s greatest passion in life was fishing – on a lake, river, or the ocean – it did not matter to him as he was happiest with a rod in his hand. That is how he will be remembered by those closest to him, sitting in a boat, with a rod in his hand and a big smile on his face. 

He is loved and will be missed.

He was predeceased by his son Trevor Wright (2004) and his first wife Karen Borden (2016). He is survived by his second wife Sharon Campbell, his daughters – Shelley (Dwayne) Kashuba, Sherrey Collier (Wayne Henry), Susan (Frank) Rad, Wendi Wright, Debbie (Tim) Moore, his 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and four sisters.

A private family interment will take place.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation, in Kelly’s name, to ALS Society or a charity of your choice.

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Don’t think of him as gone away
His journey’s just begun
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
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