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George Wright Blvd dedication honours former police chief, distinguished soldier

George Wright’s children, Eileen Whittle, Edward Wright, and Lynda Simpson, pose hold replica signs given to them by the County. They are joined by Mayor Steve Ferguson, Lieutenant-Colonel Marc Gallant, with the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment, and David Joyce, Director of Riding Affairs for Bay of Quinte MPP, Todd Smith.  – Mark Kerr photo

The County hosted a dedication ceremony for George Wright Boulevard providing access from Loyalist Parkway at the new Foodland plaza, and eventually extending into the new subdivision.

General Tom Lawson, Chief of Defence, speaks with George W. Wright, 92, of Picton, a veteran of the Devil’s Brigade. The veterans of the First Special Service Force received the Minister of National Defence Award of Excellence at Parliament Hill on Jan., 27, 2013. The event was hosted by Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs. Photo by Corporal William White CFSU(O) Photo Services ©2013 DND-MDN, CANADA

Second World War veteran George Wright is one of Prince Edward County’s most distinguished soldiers, first with the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment. He was also among 13 members of the ‘Devil’s Brigade’ a legendary unit created in 1942 in Montana, composed of Canadian and American soldiers, originally as a parachute unit that would land behind enemy lines and sabotage installations. Instead, it became a versatile assault group with a reputation for specialized reconnaissance and raiding.

Wright was also a member of the Picton police force for 25 years where he eventually became Detective Sergeant. He died in December 2018 at age 98.

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  1. Mike Rodgers says:

    Very nice and welcomed recognition. It would also be nice if a plague was added so visitors could understand why the Boulevard was named after our hero of war for the freedom of this country and the world he helped to give us.

  2. Jean says:

    A very well deserve recognition. George was a very honourable and special individual George was a gentle man and a gentleman .

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