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MESA, AZ, FORMERLY OF ANDOVER: Retired Andover Fire Chief, Harold “Butch” Joseph Wright, 70, died unexpectedly as a result of a stroke in Tempe, Ariz., on December 28, 2014.

Butch is survived by his wife, MaryAnn (Frechette) Wright of Mesa, Aris.; and children, Brad Wright and his wife, Juliet Correll Wright; and grandchildren, Willow and Marsten of Andover, Mass., Brian Wright and his wife, Jenine Marino Wright; and granddaughters, Madison and Dylann, of Melrose, Mass.; daughter, Melissa Wright and grandson, Max Techau of Burlington, Vt.,; and his beloved Aunt Marie (Cote) Bernard and Uncle Leo of Andover, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Martha (Sweetser) Wright; his mother, Doris (Cote); and longtime stepfather, Henry Godin of Andover.

Butch was born on August 14, 1944, in Lawrence, Mass., and graduated from Andover High School. During summers at Lake Winnipesaukee, he met his wife, Martha Sweetser, and they married in 1967.

He entered the Navy and served on U.S.S. Lake Champlain during the Vietnam War. Following his naval service, Butch joined the Andover Fire Department. He earned an associate degree with High Honors in Fire Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration. Through 34 years of service, he rose up through the ranks to the position of Fire Chief, and retired in 2000. In addition, he was a member of Christ Church Vestry, and he served on the Town of Andover Finance Committee for a number of years.

In 2009, Butch married MaryAnn Frechette. They resided in Arizona where they enjoyed the desert climate and treasured their circle of friends.

Butch enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who remember his incredible handyman abilities, and his love for singing, traveling and storytelling.

A funeral service was held Monday, January 12, at 10 a.m., at Christ Church, Andover, followed by burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, and a reception. All were welcomed to attend and celebrate Butch’s life. In lieu of flowers, please submit donations to the Essex County Fire Chief's Association, ECFCA, 430 Chebaco Road, Hamilton, MA 01982, where contributions will go towards funding a new search dog for the Essex County Technical Rescue Team. For additional information and guest register, please visit www.burkemagliozzi.com.
Published on  January 4, 2015
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