The Honorable Robert C. Wright, 69, died on February 22nd, 2014, at his home in Glen Mills.
Judge Wright was born on November 5, 1944, in the City of Chester to Mary Maloney Wright and the Honorable Robert A. Wright. He attended Douglas Elementary School and later Chester High School where he graduated in 1962 and also met his future wife, Florence Fletcher. Following high school, Judge Wright received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in 1966 and then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Villanova University Law School in 1969. Soon after, he teamed with his father and took over the Law Offices of Robert A. Wright when his father was appointed to serve on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
While maintaining his active law practice, Judge Wright served on numerous boards, some of which include The Chester Water Authority and The Chester Boys and Girls Club. He also served as the Solicitor for the Chester Housing Authority and President of the Delaware County Republican Council.
In 1981, he was elected in a special election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 159th legislative district. He held this position through re-election for ten years until he was elected to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. While on the bench, he and his father had the unique distinction of being the first father and son to serve on the bench at the same time. Judge Wright retired in 2009 after 19 years on the bench.
Judge Wright was an active member of many professional and social organizations. Some include the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges where he served on the Legislative Liaison Committee, The Legislative Black Caucus, Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, Delaware County NAACP, The National Association of Guardsmen - Philadelphia Chapter and Tau Epsilon Phi (George Washington University). He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognized often for his accomplishments and community service.
Judge Wright is survived by his wife, Florence Wright; daughter, Josie Walters; son, Robert C. Wright Jr.; son-in-law, Shelton Walters; daughter-in-law Wendy Wright; three grandchildren, Ryan Walters, McKenzie Walters and Ella Wright; and his Aunt Janet Marshall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to:
The Delaware County Community Foundation
Post Office Box 496
Wayne, PA 19087
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