ForeverMissed
Edward passed peacefully on April 13, 2021, with his children at his bedside.

Edward Wright was born in Freeport, NY on May 25, 1945 as Phillip Claude Wright. His father, Winfred Bergen Wright, was an engineer, and his mother, Eunice Eddy Wright, later became a schoolteacher. He was the first born of five children.

Edward moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1966, where he briefly attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in physics. Always a free spirit, he instead married Debra Rae Winters (they divorced in 1971), started a family, and changed his name to Edward. Knowing that he lived in Berkeley in the 1960s, his daughter once asked if he was a “hippie”; his response that “I don't like titles” exemplified his individualism and rejection of blind adherence to external expectations. He was a deep thinker with strong convictions; he was a lifelong learner; and he was a firm believer in nonviolence and peaceful solutions to conflict.

He stayed in the Bay Area, at one point running a dye and batik material company, until 1979, when he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. He enjoyed the creative energy of the acting community, performed in local theater, was an adept pantomime and juggler, and performed as an extra (for example, in The Green Mile). A musician, he played piano and guitar. In the 1980s-90s, he was an early adopter of the personal computer and the Internet, sharing his expertise and enthusiasm with his son and, later, with his youngest grandson. At one point during the early days of the Internet, he and his son developed a website called How2, which included “pages on various obscure things that you might not find elsewhere on the web.” Never settling for the status quo, he was intrigued by science and technology and tickled by the obscure.

In 2000, after many years studying the Japanese language, Edward moved to Tokyo, Japan. He loved the Japanese culture. He related to the tenets of peace, harmony, respect, gentleness, and acceptance. For work in Japan, he developed websites and taught English conversation. He especially enjoyed New Year’s celebrations with friends and cherry blossom festivals. He moved back to the United States in 2017 to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He very much enjoyed being closer to family. However, he deeply missed Japan and the Japanese culture; he continued to follow Japanese news and was an ardent sumo fan. Upon moving back to the States, he also cherished his visits with his mother, brothers, and sister.

Edward gave many gifts to his children and grandchildren, most notably a love of the outdoors and staying active, a love of learning, playing and listening to music, figuring out the nuances of computers and technology, interest in science and philosophy, a dry sense of humor, and the importance of critical thinking. For his children, these were instilled when they lived with him in Marin County in the 1970s and in Hollywood and North Hollywood in the 1980s. He treasured his children and grandchildren. His first grandchild was born in 1995, and he spent many meditative hours holding her as a baby. When he moved back from Japan, he enjoyed watching all of his grandchildren develop their own interests, especially engaging with them through music and computers, and talking about politics, world news, and core values (usually with a cup of coffee in hand).

He is preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Eddy Wright Ulrich, and father, Winfred Bergen Wright. He is survived by his siblings: Rick Wright (Anne), Dave Wright (Karen), Sue Giles (John), and Bob Wright (Sandy). He is survived by his children, Vita Wright (Chuck Cameron) and Mason Wright (Sherrie); grandchildren Alyssa Wright, Jackson Wright, and Skyler Cameron; and step grandson Daniel Cameron. And he is survived by friends around the globe who are also creative, smart, reflective, kind, and who enjoyed laughing with him.

A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Posted by Rachman Cantrell on May 8, 2021
These are a few photos of Edward at different Subud events. I wish I had more but we rarely saw each other and two introverts don't usually have much to say! I remember him as a gentle friend, always with a smile and kind word. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ci8wWrZQ9cH1jyvN7
Posted by Caleb Chung on May 7, 2021
I have many fond memories of Edward especially when he was living in Marin County, California (late 70’s). My mother Lusijah and Edward were quite close and could often be found drinking coffee, smoking and talking in some quiet corner. When I think of Edward I remember his sudden laugh, like a overjoyed tea kettle exploding with mirth. He had a lot of energy wound up inside of him and a lot of kindness too. I understood right away Edward was an extremely smart (so smart he probably got lost up in there sometimes) human who could see so many things, or connections, many of us could not. A wonderful complex curious mind.  Anyway, I just know I liked him a lot, right from the start. I was a teenager back then and probably could not have put into words what I was seeing. Now that I am older I understand that what I was seeing was empathy and humility and a genuine love for people. All traits that I deeply admire.
You did good dude, be free and fly


Caleb Chung
Posted by Sarah Harding on May 5, 2021
I met Edward while I was living in Japan, and he has been the most loyal, caring and supportive friend to me for the last 11 years. He remained so even later on when we were living on opposite sides of "the pond".

I can't imagine what my time in Japan would have been like without his companionship. It was so much fun. He understood and shared my love of the country and the language (and he was always much more knowledgeable about them than me!).

I am so grateful to have known him and had his friendship for so long. He is irreplaceable and I will never stop missing him.
Posted by Wende Weinstein on May 4, 2021
Edward was my brother-in-law and I regret we always lived at least a continent, and then an ocean away from eachother. He visited me many years ago when I lived in North Carolina and my sense of him was that he was bright, gentle and very much a kindred introvert! (He also made great eggs!) I know him more, and grew to love him, through his amazing children. I cherish Mason and Vita and am proud and grateful to be their aunt and friend. Edward's gift to me are his son and daughter, who loved their Dad deeply. He will live forever with us in our hearts.
Posted by Vita Wright on May 2, 2021
A tribute to Grandpa from Skyler...
As we talked over the phone while working on computers, we got to know each other better. During the times we were visiting him in Seattle, he and I worked through many computer-based problems and he helped me modify the operating system on an old tablet I had; he was also there when I crashed and had to repair my $400 drone in Seattle. My relationship with my grandpa that started solely over computers has had effects on my life and my friends much greater than on the surface of anything we worked through together.
Posted by Sylvia McRae on April 30, 2021
Edward was a dear, loving, and loyal friend who saw me through many of life's trials. I'm not sure I would have survived my young adulthood without him. He was always available to be a sounding board or a shoulder. 

May God bless him and may he Rise in Light.

VIta & Mason, I remember you fondly, send you strong warm hugs at this time, and would be happy to be in touch, when you are ready.

Much love,
Sylvia (Weinstein-White) McRae

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Posted by Rachman Cantrell on May 8, 2021
These are a few photos of Edward at different Subud events. I wish I had more but we rarely saw each other and two introverts don't usually have much to say! I remember him as a gentle friend, always with a smile and kind word. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ci8wWrZQ9cH1jyvN7
Posted by Caleb Chung on May 7, 2021
I have many fond memories of Edward especially when he was living in Marin County, California (late 70’s). My mother Lusijah and Edward were quite close and could often be found drinking coffee, smoking and talking in some quiet corner. When I think of Edward I remember his sudden laugh, like a overjoyed tea kettle exploding with mirth. He had a lot of energy wound up inside of him and a lot of kindness too. I understood right away Edward was an extremely smart (so smart he probably got lost up in there sometimes) human who could see so many things, or connections, many of us could not. A wonderful complex curious mind.  Anyway, I just know I liked him a lot, right from the start. I was a teenager back then and probably could not have put into words what I was seeing. Now that I am older I understand that what I was seeing was empathy and humility and a genuine love for people. All traits that I deeply admire.
You did good dude, be free and fly


Caleb Chung
Posted by Sarah Harding on May 5, 2021
I met Edward while I was living in Japan, and he has been the most loyal, caring and supportive friend to me for the last 11 years. He remained so even later on when we were living on opposite sides of "the pond".

I can't imagine what my time in Japan would have been like without his companionship. It was so much fun. He understood and shared my love of the country and the language (and he was always much more knowledgeable about them than me!).

I am so grateful to have known him and had his friendship for so long. He is irreplaceable and I will never stop missing him.
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Edward's Favorite Artists

Albert King
Aldo Ciccolini
Alt-J
B.B. King
Beatles
Bob Dylan
Chopin
Chris Thomas King
Daniel Lanois
Dead Can Dance
Eagles
Enigma
Enya
Evanescence
Fleetwood Mac
Inkuyo
Jimi Hendrix
John Lee Hooker
Joseph Spence
Nirvana
Paul Simon
Peter Gabriel
Pink Floyd
Ray Charles
Robert Johnson
Simon and Garfunkel
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Band
The Bee Gees (yes, really)
The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
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Shared by Susan Giles on May 2, 2021
My oldest brother Edward (AKA Phil) passed away last night. He went off to college while I was still in elementary school and then settled on the west coast. His work took him to Japan where he lived for many years before returning to Seattle a few years ago to be near his family. A loving father. A proud grandfather. A philosophical man who thought carefully before he spoke. Clever. Wickedly funny. While our visits were few and far between over the years, I'm so grateful for texts and emails that allowed us to stay in touch.  My heart is broken. My big brother.