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Richard "Rick" J. Wright, 34, who was born and raised in Niagara Falls, died Tuesday (Dec. 21, 1999) in Albany Medical Center after a bout with cancer.

A graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield High School, he was a member of the Falcons wrestling team that participated in the state sectionals in 1983.

For five years, Wright drove a tractor-trailer for Robinson & Smith Transport Trucking Co., Johnstown. He had lived in Johnstown for the past nine years.

Wright was a member of the Beagling Club, whose members raise pedigree beagles. His dogs were entered into numerous contests and won many blue ribbons.

In 1996, he was pictured on the cover of Beagle magazine for his prize-winning dog Lucky Emily.

In addition to his dogs, Wright enjoyed the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks, near his home. Just last month, he had been deer hunting in the Southern Tier with his father, where he shot a buck and a doe.

Survivors include his daughter, Leeah Wright of Johnstown; his parents, Wayne D. of Pendleton and Janice Hughes of North Tonawanda; and his grandparents, Walter and Doris Wright of Lakeland, Fla., and Robert and Margaret Langevin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5441 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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