May 18, 2019


James Wright was born June 4, 1935 and passed away April 28, 2019.

He was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where he worked 23 years for Standard Oil of Ohio, successfully building up a business for service stations.

At the age of 22, he entered the Ohio National Guard and served honorably from 1958 to 1964.

With the courage to go into business on his own, he moved to Bowling Green, Ohio and for 20 years ran as many as six service stations with auto repair, towing and convenience stores.

He had as many as 40 employees and hired college students who have remained friends throughout his lifetime and considered him a mentor for their successes.

In 1996, he moved permanently to Sugarloaf Key, Florida and purchased properties that he managed for 20 years. He enjoyed the Keys life boating, fishing and entertaining friends. He had a love for animals and volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

His dog Willie, a Papillon, was his faithful work companion and went everywhere with him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ward W. Wright, and his mother, Virginia Wright. He had a witty sense of humor and will be greatly missed by his wife, Shirley Mensch, sister Susan Schoen (Jimmy), half-brother David Wright, son Michael Mensch (Micki), daughter Leslie Disch, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four beloved nieces, Brittany, Courtney, Tiffany, April, one great niece, five great nephews and many cousins.