Wright, Thew, 92, died October 25, 2005. Born in Buffalo, Thew was a long time resident of the New Haven area. He was in the Yale class of 1936 and graduated from the Yale Law School in 1939. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1942 and was sent to the Pacific with the 27th Infantry Division. He saw action as a Ranger in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, as well as Saipan, earning the bronze star, and was discharged as a Captain. He rejoined the firm of Wiggin and Dana where he worked until 1961, enjoying the court room most of all. In his later years, 'Doc' made friends throughout the U.S. and Mexico as he traveled in his van "Hebe" with his shitzu, Sam. He settled in Pensacola, FL and is survived by three of his children, Thew (Silver City, NM), Alexandra (Madison, WI) and Clinton (New York City, NY), and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Nov. 5 at 1 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, CT. Friends may call Sat. from 12 to 1 PM. Please bring a photo or remembrance to share. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

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  1. I have great memories of Thew from growing up next door to him in Mt. Carmel – the first ones go back as far as any of my early memories go, to the time when he was building a treehouse in a huge hemlock tree for Wendy and Terry close to the log cabin by Eaton’s Brook… and I also remember the unusual cable-supported delivery system he made for shuttling cement to the dam he built across the brook downstream from the treehouse site… and I remember falling out of a tree I was climbing while scouting for a trail from our house next door to his. I was also reminded of some of my misdeeds as a young boy, especially around matches and fire, when I saw him about 10 years ago, all with good humor and a rich, resonant voice, which I remember so well from my childhood. There is a good chance I owe much of my interest in building and engineering to him from my growing up in Mt. Carmel(I went on to build several treehouses a few years later), and I am deeply grateful for his presence in my life. My best wishes and condolences to everyone in his family, especially Sandy and Terry.

  2. Our condolences to Thew’s family, and our sympathy in your mourning now. We remember Thew’s visits to Sandy, Mike, Wendy and Jack in Madison with fondness. Susan, Jim, Nate, Nora and Tom

  3. Sandy, Mike, Wendy, Jack & the rest of Doc’s family: Bob and I extend our condolences. Doc was the kind of person that made an impact on you, even if your paths did not cross frequently. The gift Doc gave us is an introduction to the Shih Tzu breed. Thanks to Sam and Saki we have been blessed with the love and companionship of our two Shih Tzus: Lily and Drake. How that has enriched our lives is hard to put in words. Just know the love Doc spread via his love of dogs was kinda like Johnny Appleseed. It was a pleasure to know Doc and he will remain in our memories. Love, Jane & Bob

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