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.
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My deepest condolences my friend. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Davids passing.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sending my sincerest condolences to Josée and all the family. It's hard to believe he is gone.
He was a dear friend and we shared many good times together performing and playing music.
David also had an amazing mind for sports stats (hockey & football) and the quick ability to call penalties as witnessed during CFL games and this annual Super Bowl party. He always got it right !
Rest it peace David, we miss you.
Chère Josée, c’est avec grande tristesse que j’ai appris le décès de David. Je t’offre mes plus sincères condoléances à toi et à ta famille. Je suis de tout cœur avec vous.
Our deepest condolences. David will be missed, he was a great person and musician
Rest in Peace, David
My heartfelt condolences. David's intelligence, knowledge, humour, and kindness made the office a better place every day he was there.
Josee, thinking of you and remembering David as a lovely man and a wonderful, joyful musician. My deepest condolences.
Peter Kilpatrick (Bass player in the Ottawa Symphony)
David and I never talked much over the years in OSO but I did play many small orchestra jobs with him and was always appreciative of his cello playing. I am very sorry for your loss.
David was a prince of a man. It was only on rehearsing and performing chamber music with him that I became aware of his "other" life, as a (fellow) public servant, and I enjoyed hearing about his work at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to Josée and the family.
Sharon and Francois Desfosses
We are saddened by the news of David's passing; our sincere condolences.
It was a pleasure to perform so many concerts together. We sometimes don't realize how far away we are from the people that we move closely with until they are gone. My sincere condolences.