It is with great sadness that his family announces the sudden passing of David Wright in the morning on Monday, June 7th, 2021, at the age of 57. David was an avid reader and; enjoyed hiking, biking and he traveled extensively. His passion was European football; David was a dedicated fan of the Tottenham Hotspur F.C., the Bolton Wanderers F.C. and the England Football Team. David grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alberta, followed by a Master’s Degree in History from York University in Toronto.
David retired in 2018 after a successful 31-year career with the Federal Public Service, working in various departments, including the Department of Justice, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Canada Border Services Agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. David was an accomplished cellist and an active member of the Ottawa classical music community, belonging to several orchestras and ensembles, including the Lansdowne String Quartet. A valued member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO) for 24 years, he served as the musician representative to the OSO board.
David leaves behind his beloved spouse, Josée Therrien and his in-laws Noëlla and Jacques. A dear son of the late Francis and Barbara Wright, he also leaves behind his brothers, Christopher, Adrian and Ian, his nephews and nieces, Tim, Robert, Kelly, Emily, Terri, Sarah, Stephen, Bronwyn and Simon, and his great nephews and great nieces, Abigail, Anna, Theodore, Alexander and Sydney. The celebration of David’s life will be held at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, when COVID restrictions allow for a larger gathering. In lieu of flowers, a donation in the memory of David made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation would be appreciated.
My deepest sympathies to you, Josée, and your family. I have good memories of having met David before we went, as a group of CISC colleagues, to listen to his performance. Such a cheerful, relaxed and talented man. May you find the inner strength to keep on going.
Josee, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and I hope you can find comfort in the memories you hold in your heart.
My deepest condolences. David will be greatly missed.
Dear Josee, I was so sad to hear of David's passing, far too soon. I played with him in the Ottawa Symphony for many years and appreciated his warmth, humour, and great musicianship. My sincere condolences to you and your extended family. May David rest in peace.
The music community of Ottawa has lost a dear colleague. I am so sorry for your loss Josée. My condolences to all your family.
JO ANN SIMPSON
Sending condolences, Josee. David will be missed on so many levels. I always enjoyed making music with him.
Tara and Mikael
Our sincerest condolences Josee. We are going to miss David so much - his smile, his sense of humour, his cello playing. You and all his family are in our minds and hearts.
Josée, c`est avec grande tristesse que j'ai appris le départ soudain de David. Je garderai un excellent souvenir de David comme collègue de travail et ami. Maude et moi t'offrons nos plus sincères condoléances. Bon courage dans cette dure épreuve.
J’ai joué avec David à l’Orchestre symphonique d’Ottawa depuis 2017. J’ai tout de suite remarqué son incroyable implication. Il était apprécié de tous! Mes sympathies à toute la famille et aux proches. Bon courage!
Jim and Allison Dingle
Jim and I send you our deepest sympathy for the sudden loss of your beloved husband.
Jim played with David in the cello section of the Ottawa Symphony for over 25 years, and always admired his fine musicianship and congeniality. He made a huge contribution to the cello section and the Orchestra. I knew David as an OSO Board member. Insightful and gifted at consensus building, he helped the OSO through some major challenges. In fact he was a great champion of the OSO - a generous donor, always quick to purchase tickets to our special events, and wonderful at encouraging friends to attend OSO concerts and events. His warmth and kindness will be greatly missed.