William James Wright

July 24, 1983 - July 2, 2006

Son, brother, grandson, nephew,
cousin, friend, and soldier.
You were so many things
to so many people.
While you were taken from us
so suddenly...
You will always be...
“Forever in Our Hearts”
All our love,
Dear Will,

Well a  year has passed since you were taken from us. It's hard to imagine and yet, it seems like only yesterday. How tragic an end to such a fine young man. 

Your family is still grieving your loss deeply and at the same time, moving forward with their lives. Sometimes it's as though you are just off on another deployment and a call from you could come anytime... then the reality returns and we know that no call will be forthcoming. 

As I read through the accounts of your life, in the page below, I am reminded of the times when you would call or email and my heart is heavy in my loss. But most of all, my heart is heavy with the thought of all you missed and all that your family misses sharing with you. You lived life to the fullest... you took risks that many will never take... you had fun. But in the end it cost you everything. It's just not fair! You gave so much to so many and in the end, this is your reward.

I am sorry you can't be here to savor more of life and at the same time, I am happy that you did not miss out on a thing that came your way while you were here. Perhaps you knew more than we did and you knew that your zest for life needed to be quenched quickly. You packed a great deal of adventure into your 22 years... I just wish we had you back for another day to tell you how much we loved you and how much we are going to miss you, forever.

Thinking of you today with a heavy heart and more love than you can know.

Aunt Brenda



July 2, 2006 
William James Wright, Sgt., U.S. Army, 22, was taken from us suddenly on July 2, 2006, in Killeen, Texas. Will was born July 24, 1983, in Oswego, NY, and grew up in Baldwinsville and Mexico, NY. He proudly served his country in the United States Army since 2001 and saw active duty in South Korea and Afghanistan, as well as two tours of duty in Iraq. An avid outdoorsman, Will truly enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, waterskiing and the great outdoors. His laughter, smiles and sense of adventure will be greatly missed by all who loved him. The beloved son of Virginia and Michael Dix and Gerald and Regina Wright, Will is also survived by his younger sister, Courtney; his stepbrothers and his stepsister, John, Kayleigh, Brandon and Justin Dix; his maternal grandparents, Mary and Willard Huggins of Palermo, New York; his paternal grandparents, Rosemary and Doug Ross of Baldwinsville, New York; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N. Main Street, Central Square. Family and friends may visit on Monday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in South Richland Cemetery immediately following the service. Traub Funeral Home, Inc. Central Square, NY

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 7/9/2006.


Guest Book Entries Online at Legacy.com


In Loving Memory of
William James Wright
July 24, 1983 - July 2, 2006
If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane,
We would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it and only God knows why.
Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow
What is meant to lose you, no one can ever know.
But now we know you want us, to mourn for you no more
to remember all the happy times, life still has much in store.
Since you'll never be forgotten, we pledge to you today,
A hallowed place within our hearts, is where you'll always stay.



To Those I Love
If I should ever leave you whom I love,
To go along the silent way,
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk as if I were there beside you.
I’d come, I’d come, if I could but find a way.
But would not tears and grief be barriers?
And when you hear a song, or see a bird I love,
Please don’t let the thought of me be sad.
For I am loving you, just as I always have.
You were so good to me.
There were so many things I wanted still to do,
So many things I wanted to say to you.
Remember, I did not fear.
It was just leaving you that was so hard to face.
We cannot see beyond, but this I know….
I loved you so!



Services will be Monday, July 10, 2006 at 1-3 and 6-8pm at the Traub Funeral Home in Central Square. 

Funeral will be Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 11am with Burial to follow immediately at Fernwood Cemetery.



Fort Hood soldier killed in accident

A 22-year-old Fort Hood soldier was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning while riding his motorcycle in the 4000 block of Water Street in Killeen.

A news release from the Killeen Police Department stated that the soldier was traveling east on a black 2005 Yamaha motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossing the roadway and striking the curb to the south, causing the bike to leave the road.
The motorcycle continued to travel west on the steep embankment as the driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown and landed in the eastbound lane of the road, the release stated.

He was flown to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was pronounced dead.

Video Clip regarding Accident



Updated: Jul 5, 2006 5:40pm
Fort Hood released the name of a soldier killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday. Police say 22-year-old Sergeant William James Wright of New York lost control of his motorcycle in the 4000 block of Water Street in Killeen.

Officers say he was not wearing a helmet when his motorcycle hit a curb. 

Wright was air-lifted to Scott and White Hospital in Temple where he was pronounced dead. 

He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command. 

Video Clip regarding this update

Dear Will,
I want people to know how very selfless you were. You could be in the middle of Korea, the mountains in Iraq, or just sitting in your room at Fort Drum or Fort Hood, and you would call me out of the blue, just to say that you were thinking of me and that you loved me.
You always made it to my house to pay me a visit when you were home from places unknown. You came to whatever family functions I had when you were able to get a leave. You sent me emails from all over the world just to say hi and tell me how things were going for you and to tell me tragic stories about your fellow soldiers and to ask that I pray for their families. Never did you worry about yourself or express any concerns for your own safety.
You once told me, that when they were getting ready to deploy for different things, you would always volunteer. I asked you why you would do such a thing and put yourself in harms way? You told me that you would rather volunteer to go than to see someone that had a wife and children have to go. You said that you had nothing to loose like they did, because you were just a single guy. You don’t get much more selfless than that or much more thoughtful.
I am honored to have had you in my life, Will, and I will miss your calls and most of all your hugs & kisses. You may have thought you did not have much to loose, but we lost a great deal.
I love you,
Aunt Brenda
From Aunt Rene:
Who was William James Wright? Some of us know him as Will, or Willie.
Well, I want to tell you a little bit about who Will was & what he meant to me & my family.

Will was first & foremost an American Soldier, a hero who served his country passionately. He loved what he did, that's what he was all about since the age of 17. He served his country proudly.

Will was a son, the only son of my sister Virginia, the first born grandson to my parents in the Huggins family. He was a brother to his sister Courtney and a Step-brother to Jon, Kayleigh, Brandon & Justin Dix. He was a loved nephew by our 7 brothers & sisters. He has many cousins and lots of friends.

Will, from the day he was born, was full of life. He had so much energy it was hard for anyone to keep up with him. As a child, he was the cutest kid and the stories that we all can tell about him... we could go on for hours with the memories of all those crazy times that Will shared with each of us. He always had a smile on his face and brought life, love and laughter to every life experience. 

Watching Will grow up and the time we spent together, though he was my sisters son, you couldn't help but love him as much as your own child. He brought so much joy to my life and to my family, no matter what, Will was always there for you or whoever was in need. Whether it was a laugh, a joke, a late night phone call, a long talk, or to lend a hand or a shoulder to cry on. You could always rely on him..

I think that we are all still in shock over the news and each day hurts more than the one before. But in your darkest hour, in your time of grief & sorrow, pause a moment & think about his smile and that one time that he made you laugh so hard that it hurt. Keep the memories of all of your good times with Will alive, for this time on Earth is just a glimpse of our path and we will be reunited with him someday.

Will, as we say good bye for now I want you to know that this good bye is not forever, and you will be here in our hearts and minds living on in the memories we have with you, those precious memories that we are so fortunate to have spent with you. So Great White Hunter, watch over us until we meet and ride with us when we drive, go with Tony & Lance out in their stands and have a big Hey Weenie waiting for me when I get there. 

Thank you 


Will & Mom


Will at Alvin & Mindy's Wedding Giving me a big Hug!

Will at Alvin & Mindy's Wedding being introduced to friends.


Will & Alvin Hunting in Afganistan... 2003.


Will and Alvin Hunting at my house... 2006


Will's Welcome home party 


Will's Welcome home party 


Will's Welcome home party 


Wills new pickup truck 


Photo that Will sent to me in 2001


Will at Mindy and Alvin's Wedding - 2002


Will at Courtney's Graduation - 2006


Will at Mindy and Alvin's Wedding - 2002


Will At Courtney's Graduation - 2006


Will and Family - White Water Rafting

I found these photos of Will when he was in the 
MACS Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program 
at Mexico High School in 1998.
Please email any photos, poems or tributes that you wish to place on this webpage to me at