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Gregory Wright

June 23, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

LAURIUM - Gregory Wright, 50, a resident of Laurium, passed on to his new journey on June 19, 2012 in the company of the love of his life, Erika, his sisters and husky Echo.

Greg was born May 6, 1962, in Clinton, NY. He attended Clinton Central Schools, Onondaga Community College, State University of New York at Geneseo, Berklee School of Music and Michigan Tech University.

He was employed at Yellowstone National Park and Isle Royale National Park as a wildlife biologist specializing in wolf research. He had a love of nature, especially identifying with the mischievous and playful personality of the raven.

Greg was also a proficient drummer who played in numerous bands throughout his life, most recently Raven Congress, Swingcats, Uptown Swingsters and, dear to his heart, the Keweenaw Community Drum Circle which he co-founded.

Above all, through his life experiences, Greg was a naturally gifted teacher; whether the subject be music, wildlife preservation or living with cancer. Most importantly, he inspired everyone he met to act with respect and kindness with nature and one another.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Marjories Wright.

Surviving are his partner, Erika and devoted dog, Echo; sisters, Marie (Bob) Davis, Connie (Pete) Lee and Sally "Sarah" (Lou) Rabbia; nieces and nephews, John Rabbia and his partner, Stephen Brucker, Mark Rabbia, Kristin and Michael Pratt, Jayden, Karie and George Frisiras, Brittany, Sophia, Peter and Amanda Davis, Aleyia and Seth Davis, Ryan McGough and partner, Janet Sieffert; Jack, Kate and Jonathon Coleman and Connor McGough; numerous friends around the world.

A celebration of Greg's life will be held at a time to be announced in Michigan and in New York. Bring your hand drums!

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to Omega House, 2211 Maureen Dr. Houghton, MI 49931.

The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online codolences may be left for the family at

"Keep close to nature's heart. Break clear away once in awhile and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir



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