Michael J. Wright Sr., 65; owned Shore eateries

Posted: February 06, 2014

Michael J. Wright Sr., 65, former owner of dining establishments at the Jersey Shore, died of multiple systems atrophy on Sunday, Feb. 2, at his home in Ventnor, N.J.

Mr. Wright owned Room Service Catering in Ventnor in the mid-1980s, the Clam Bar at Shady River Marina in Mays Landing in the late '80s, and Say Breakfast and Say Cheese, both in Ocean City, in the early '90s, son Michael Jr. said.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wright graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1966 and, while working at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, took night classes for several years to earn a bachelor's degree at what is now St. Joseph's University, his son said.

In the early 1980s, before beginning his businesses, Mr. Wright was a banquet and events captain at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

After retiring from his businesses, he was an independent insurance agent, his son said.

Besides his son, Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patti Smith; stepsons Paul and Gregory Smith; a stepdaughter, Stacey Christodoulou; two sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Joseph A. Sannutti Funeral Home, 7101 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia 19135.

A second viewing was set from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Martin of Tours Church, 5450 Roosevelt Blvd., before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the funeral home at the above address.


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