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Preston P. "Red" Wright Sr., 81, a former employee of Vanadium Corp. and Hooker Chemical Co., died Saturday (May 24, 2003) in DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long illness.

Wright moved to Tuscaloosa last fall after living in Niagara Falls since the early 1940s.

He was born in DeKalb, Miss., and attended schools in Mississippi.

Wright entered the Army in December 1940 and served as a military policeman until January 1946. He attained the rank of corporal.

After the Army, he was hired as a crane operator at the Vanadium. He became a pipefitter at Hooker, later Occidental Chemical Corp., from which he retired in 1982 after 28 years of service.

Wright enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a former member of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club.

His wife of 37 years, Anita M. Gonzalez Wright, died in 1981.

Survivors include a son, Preston Jr. of Niagara Falls; two daughters, Jane Ann Kovalski of Knoxville, Ala., and Jacqueline Ann Williams of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Launa Mott of Mississippi; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.

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