Delbert Ralph Wright was born December 5, 1940, in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Delbert’s parents were Frank and Stella Wright, Delbert had one brother Frank Jr.
During his younger years Delbert was a frail child. He suffered from polio and a heart condition and was not expected to survive his younger years, but he did. He was a survivor as a young child and as an adult, overcoming many obstacles.
Delbert love to play the trumpet and at the young age of 10 he was asked to play taps – Reveille for the Remembrance Day parade. Delbert and his favorite cousin Willa could be found practicing in the small Wright house at Moosomin, Sask. As a young boy Delbert loved to hunt and many times he would bring home dinner. His marksmanship was excellent.
Delbert finished high school at Moosomin but soon after moved to BC looking for work. He worked at a planer-mill in Smithers, BC and moved on to Burns Lake and found employment laying the first pipeline in Burns Lake. It was here that met Tina Jack and they were married in 1962. They had a daughter Corrina Wright in 1963. Tina had two children from a previous marriage, Rose and Randy, Delbert took them in as his own.
Two years later Delbert and Tina divorced but it was evident in his later years that he never lost his love for her. Delbert’s last wish was to be buried with Tina after cremation. When Delbert came back to Burns Lake he added Tina’s other two children to his clan (Dennis)-Franklin and Sabrina.
Delbert spent many years in the Vancouver area and worked laying pipe and also acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree and worked in nursing.
In 1999 he moved backed to Burns Lake to reconnect with his family. After the death of Tina he felt he needed to come back and take care of the kids, who were adults but he always referred to them as the kids. He rolled into town on a cold October day on a motorcycle. He stopped at the Lakeland Hotel asking where Corrina lived, by chance Leon was working and Leon brought home a shivering “Grandpa”. After a hot cup of tea, a hot bath and a blanket he stopped shivering long enough to tell the story of his trip up north on a motorcycle. He decided to stay and found work with Hibbco Industries and worked with Tom and Charlie Hibbert laying pipes and plumbing. During this time many grandchildren were born, each had their own special relationship with Grandpa Del.
He also suffered many loses including many aunts and uncles including his younger brother Frankie.
You know how Delbert came to know how to spread love to his grandchildren? He got that ethic from his Mom – grandma Stella, she never lost contact with the grandchildren in Burns Lake. She made trips each year, sometimes more than than once from Saskatchewan to Burns Lake to ensure the kids knew who they were and to financially care for Tina and the kids. Thank you Mussi ChoÂ´ grandma Stella.
During his time here be became know by the grandkids as “Gramps” and “Ole Man” to name a few. He humble home on First Avenue was a safe haven for his grandchildren and many other neighborhood kids. You could always count on a hot meal, breakfast before school, after school snacks and cash for lunches, this was Gramps way of spoiling his clan of kids.
The relationship he developed with all his grandchildren was special.
These were all his special kids and they know more than anything unconditional love.