October 14, 1942 – April 12, 2009
Harry passed away after a short illness at his home in Chemainus with his family present.
He is survived by his partner Gloria Kay, her daughter Karla, grandson Kevin and sister Mary (Don) Gordon and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Also his close friend Fernie. Harry was predeceased by his father, George (Shorty) Wright in 1966 and his mother Alberta Pinson (Wright) in 1985.
Born in Nanaimo, Harry grew up at Mesachie Lake, where his father worked at Hillcrest Mill. As a toddler, Harry loved to watch the mill steam locomotive pass by. This developed into a life-long passion for steam trains and after leaving school in Lake Cowichan, Harry worked at Hillcrest and became a Steam Locomotive Engineer, operating the locies he watched as a child.
After the closure of Hillcrest in 1968, Harry earned his Operating Engineers Certificate and worked at Port Alice and later Harmac pulp mill. Last summer he ran loci at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre.
Harry and Gloria travelled on regular visits to Disneyland as well as many trips centered around steam railway excursions. He will be missed by many friends in the area as well as among steam enthusiasts across Canada and the U.S.
No service will be held.