Footprints: Samuel Wright - Philosophical man gone to another realm
At the celebration to honour the life of Samuel Augustus Wright on Saturday, April 23, his only child, Marvin, remembered him as a father who believed "strongly in sparing the rod and preferred to teach life lessons through stories rather than through punishment".
"My father taught me many life lessons and continued to teach me to the very last day of his life," he said. That day was April 2, in St Joseph's Hospital in Kingston. The funeral service was held in the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Born on December 21, 1946, Wright was the last surviving child of Loretta and Ivan Wright. His, sister, Lucille, predeceased him 29 years ago.
The younger Wright also eulogised his father as a family man who was kind, loving, mild-mannered, financially conscious, tolerant, slow to anger and respectful. He said he had a "remarkable sense of humour" and "an infectuous laugh". The man who loved math and accounting attended Port Henderson Primary and St Jago High schools in St Catherine, and The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, where he obtained an honours degree in accounting and management. He worked in insurance for many years, and as an accountant.
"His many clients speak of him with love and respect ... He felt that life was too precious to harbour ill-feeling and animosity," Marvin said. Thus, 'Dog Rice', 'Sam', 'Sammy', and 'Waterbird' (Wright's nicknames), had many friends, some of whom he met through dominoes, one of his many passions. You could add chess, checkers, classical music, cycling and horse racing to the mix. He played football and cricket for St Jago, and won many horse racing prizes at Caymanas Park. Yet he cared very little for worldly possessions and was deeply spiritual and philosophical.
"He always sought greater insight into spiritual matters than the average person. This led him to join the Rosicrucian Order," his son said. "He will be greatly missed, but his good work will live on. Samuel Wright was a good man, a gentle man, and a gentleman, rest in peace, my father."
Wright was cremated and some of his ashes were interred at the Rosicrucian Temple in Liguanea, St Andrew. The rest will be buried in the family plot at Sligoville, St Catherine.