Admired solicitor an ‘inspiration’

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Tributes have been paid to a prominent and highly-respected solicitor who has died aged 76.

Colin Wright, also a leading Freemason, passed away after a short illness at St John’s Hospice in the early hours of Friday, September 21.

A proud Sandgrown’un Mr Wright worked as a solicitor in the local area for more than 50 years and was a senior partner at Jobling & Knape on Northumberland Street, Morecambe, for 12 years before joining Wright & Lord, his son Stephen’s firm on Victoria Street, in 2001, working as a consultant until his death.

A former president of the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Law Society, he lived with his wife Kathryn on Whitendale Drive, Bolton-le-Sands and had another son Kevin and four grandchildren Jordan, Lewis, Olivia and Edward.

A real family man, he joined Freemasonry in 1958, the same year he qualified as a solicitor, and rose to great heights as a Past Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Lancashire.

He attended the Friends School (later George Fox, before its closure in 1987) and was president of the 1690 Association for Old Boys of the school.

A classic car fanatic, who loved driving on the continent during European holidays with his family, met his future wife in the drama group at Sefton Road Congregational Church.

The pair, involved in amateur dramatics for more than 20 years, married in September 1963.

After many years at Sefton Road, where he became a Deacon, he was ordained as an Elder in the United Reformed Church before in later life attending Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands where he was a pastoral assistant.

Leading local Freemason Philip Gardner said: “Freemasonry encourages its members to live their lives by the highest moral standards and to always do their best for those less fortunate than ourselves.

“It also expects its members to take an active role in charity work and in the local community generally.

“Colin Wright led by example and his service to society was an inspiration to us all. He will be sadly missed and remembered with deep affection by Freemasons all over the country.”

Mr Wright’s family said they took great pride in everything he had achieved in his rich and varied life.

Hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday, October 1, at Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands.