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Rotarians remember Rutland Co. attorney

The Poultney Rotary Club celebrated the life of member attorney Richard J. Wright at special gathering Nov. 30. Richard, better known as Dick, passed away on Nov. 25 at the age of 63. This tribute was not one of sadness but of gratitude and a generous heart. As an active Poultney community member, Dick supported and participated in many volunteer organizations, especially through his efforts with the Poultney Rotary Club. The Poultney Rotary Club was established in 1927. Dick served 34 years with the Rotary. Dick was also a proud member of the J. Claire Carmody American Legion Post 39 of Poultney. Dick graduated from Bellows Falls Academy, St. Albans, Vermont, in 1962, and the University of Vermont in 1966. After two years of active Army duty and a tour of Vietnam, he attended Boston University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and received his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude in 1972. Before Dick became a partner in the law firm of DeBonis and Wright in 1973, he worked as an assistant states attorney for Rutland County. Chuck Colvin presented the Nov. 30 eulogy, a collaborative effort with Harry Stanyon. Both agreed, Dick always met you with those bright eyes and big smile that made you like him instantly. He was recognized for all his hard work by his fellow Rotarians a few months ago when awarded the most prestigious Rotary award one can receive, the Paul Harris Fellow. Dick founded the Paul Harris Rotary Award given for service to the community. Dick has always had a love for the theater, and we were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch him come alive in the Shakespeare on Main Street productions. He was also a member of the readers in the presentation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Colvin said. Rotarian Joe LaRosa said, I only knew him two years, but I knew that he was hard worker completely devoted to the community. He was our main chef at the Chili Cook-Off. What a super guy. He did a lot for the Poultney students. Ryan Pettis, a Poultney High School senior, met with Dick once since Ryan has chosen the legal field. Due to the nature of Dicks illness, Ryan never had the opportunity to shadow Dick. However, Ryan stated, He was very generous, kind, and helpful. He helped me make my decision for college and went beyond what I asked. The Butternut Hill Community Association, specifically James Graham, said, Dick was not only the condo lawyer, but a friend, and colleague. He used to live here at the condo and arranged a yearly Christmas party at the Lake St. Catherine Inn. Dicks knowledge, resourcefulness, and his unique advantage of the bylaws helped Butternut a great deal. Happy and fond memories to Dicks family, fellow Rotarians, the Poultney Community, as well as those who had the pleasure of meeting Richard Dick Wright. Dick has left a lasting impression of his smile and gift of life.

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