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Gordon Cossitt Wright
  • May 13, 1923 - September 12, 2017
  • East Hartland, Connecticut

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Gordon Cossitt Wright, 94, of East Hartland beloved husband of the late Margaret Cecilia (Milligan) Wright, answered eight bells on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1923 at Pendleton Hospital in Granby, CT, he was the oldest son of the late Frederick Cossitt Wright and Catherine Ann (Avery) Wright. A proud US Navy veteran, Gordon enlisted during his junior year in high school and served from May, 1941 to November, 1945 during which time he received several medals. He served with his father aboard the USS West Point AP23, a troop transport vessel and circumnavigated the globe several times. Gordon was especially proud of his involvement in the evacuation of Singapore before it fell to the Japanese. Proud of his military service, Gordon was a member of Shannon-Shattuck Post #182, American Legion in Granby and Seicheprey Post #296, VFW in Winsted where he had also served as Commander. He was a member of Valley Lodge #36, A.F. & A.M. in Simsbury and was raised in St. Mark’s Lodge #31, A.F. & A.M. in Granby. An employee of Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company for over 40 years, Gordon worked as the outdoor facilities manager and loved to point out the landscaping for which he was responsible. A lifelong resident of East Hartland, Gordon had a long history of serving the Town of Hartland as the Town Assessor and Constable, and as a member of the East Hartland Board of Education, the Senior Commission, the Democratic Town Committee, and as a Charter Member of the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department. Gordon also served as a Justice of the Peace, as a board member and sexton for the East Hartland Cemetery, and was a member and deacon at the First Church in Hartland, Congregational. Gordon’s service to many of these groups and organizations spanned more than 50 years, and he was recognized for his community service by the Secretary of State in 2001. As a result of his military service in World War II, Gordon was presented his high school diploma in 2002 from The Gilbert School 61 years later. He leaves four children, Judith Anderson and her husband William of Lynchburg, VA, Pamela Wright, Frederick Wright, and Deborah Wright-Vincent and her husband Gary all of East Hartland; three grandchildren, Melissa Davison and her husband John Robert of Madison, AL, Sharon Davies and her husband Corey of Lynchburg, VA, and Emily Vincent of East Hartland; six great grandchildren, Elliot, Cooper, and Marlee Davison, and Finn, Archer, and Sebastian Davies; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Bruce A. Wright; and a sister, Edna W. Alden. His family will receive friends on Friday, September 22, 5-7 p.m., with a Masonic Service conducted by Valley Lodge #36, A.F. & A.M. at 6:30 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m., at the First Church in Hartland, Congregational, 5 Hartland Blvd., East Hartland. Burial with Military Honors will follow in East Hartland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, 34 South Rd., East Hartland, CT 06027, or to the Granby Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 617, Granby, CT 06035.