Thad B. Wright 1963-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


POLAND – Thad B. Wright, 58, died on Tuesday morning August 16, 2022 in Beeghly Oaks.

Thad was born October 6, 1963 in Youngstown, the son of C. Robert and Leatrice Barr Wright.

A lifelong resident of the area, Thad was a graduate of Poland Seminary High School, Class of 1982. He continued his education at Muskingum University, earned his Bachelor of Education degree from Kent State University, and later graduated his master’s degree from Youngstown State University. Sharing his love of learning, Mr. Wright spent 34 years in the classroom as a middle school teacher with Poland Schools. Again this year, Mr. Wright was honored as an Educator Emeritus by the Poland Schools Foundation.

In his spare time, Thad enjoyed the company of his golden retriever, Forrest, traveling and spending time at the family cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. He had a great love for the outdoors and also enjoyed four-wheeling in his Jeep and FJ Cruiser. .

He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Poland.

Thad is survived by his siblings, Dr. Dean Robert (Marizabel) Wright of Tucson, Arizona, Robin (Kim) Grant of Mentor and Holly (Tom) Fender of Poland; nieces and nephews; Kelly Wright, Kristen (Diego) Milan, Janet (Dave) Powell, Tyler Grant, Eric (Carolyn) Fender and Chad (Rachel) Fender; great-nieces and great-nephews, Miles and Parker Powell, Tate and Emery Fender, and Reese and Rowan Fender; and many special friends.

Besides his parents, Thad was predeceased by his nephew, Kevin Wright.

A memorial service honoring Thad’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor, with the Rev. Dr. Paul W. Anderson officiating.

Family and friends will be received 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, and 9:15-9:45 a.m. Monday at the church, prior to the service.

In honor of Thad’s love for animals, memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in his name to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406; or at the Poland Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, PO Box 5217 Poland, OH 44514.

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