• 92 years old
  • Born on April 6, 1926 in Berkeley, California, United States.
  • Passed away on March 10, 2019 .

In loving memory of our dear friend Mr. Willard Wright, a magnificent heart and a beautiful soul. 

This online memorial is created so that we can all share and remember him always in our hearts.


Posted by Keith Ennenga on 19th March 2019
43 years of friendship, what a blessing. I am truly thankful for every moment I spent with you Billy. Like playing backgammon on the beach in Guam whenever you had a flight layover. Drinking coffee in your garden or enjoying meals at our favorite restaurants. Plus the all the parties and the interesting people you introduced me to over the years. You will be missed my dear friend, but not forgotten!
Posted by Peter Roshko on 15th March 2019
I first met Bill on a Pan Am flight in 1984 from Asia to the US. I was in coach and my buddy was in first. Bill brought me all the first class goodies throughout the flight. My family visited him over the years in Hayward ... He was a bright light, a gentle soul and a good man through and through ... I and the world will miss him!
Posted by Tim Morris on 15th March 2019
Bill has had a loving impact on my life for over 50 years. As my family grew his love grew to include my wife, children and grandchildren. Grandpa Bill is part of our lives and we will miss his gentle caring presence. Rest well my dear friend. You are loved and remembered! It is my honor that you called me “son”. Your Son Tim❤️
Posted by Phil Tiemeyer on 15th March 2019
I met Bill about 10 years ago in SF, when I was writing a book on the history of stewards in the US. Bill was one of my very best interviews and a total delight as a human being. My favorite memory of him is when we did a joint interview about stewards at the LGBT History Museum in SF. He stole the show! Had the crowd eating out of his hand as he told hilarious stories from Pan Am's past. Thanks for the memories, Bill!!
Posted by Phillip Wooldridge on 14th March 2019
Willie, you have been a friend through out my life like no other, I still have never met a kind soul like you have been, you truly can not be replace by any other person. You were my best man at my wedding and have been in my life ever since and I have been blessed to have a friend like you. We were going to see each other this week but I will always see you and talk to you. Thank you for being there and helping me the last 2 months with my situation, you will always be in my heart and we will see each other again, I will miss you until
Posted by John Chung on 14th March 2019
A friend I've known for 39 years, working at Pan Am and onto United. Bill was always a Gentleman and always a kind soul who will be truly missed, and his friendship stays forever in my heart and memories. I feel truly blessed knowing him. RIP my friend. Comfort be yours in heaven.
Posted by Vicki Tepper on 14th March 2019
There were NO bad days with you or for you dear Uncle Billy, Lovingly Vicki and Mark
Posted by Bruce Blouin on 14th March 2019
The spirit and love from (and FOR) Bill will remain forever in my heart. A finer soul there cannot be, so rest in peace my dear friend. ♥️
Posted by Wanda Seoane on 14th March 2019
I loved Willie so much. He will be dearly missed. Because of his young at heart and uplifting spirit I thought he would live forever. Miss you Willie, you are in a wonderful place with all your loved ones that have passed.
Posted by Clark . on 13th March 2019
The memorial service is being held on Saturday, March 30th at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 26320 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94544 Visitation begins at 10 AM and the memorial service starts at Noon. In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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