Obituary of Kevin Mark Wright
Kevin passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on April 19th, 2023.
His life was a testament to his unwavering belief in humanity, which became a cornerstone of his pursuit of happiness in both his personal and professional lives.
He was the much-loved baby brother of 3 doting older sisters, who were instrumental in helping nurture many of his lifelong interests. Heather’s love for learning was evident early on, which inspired Kevin to follow in her footsteps to York University, where he pursued the Performing Arts and Technical Theatre. His lifelong love for food could be traced back to his appreciation of his mother’s curry dishes, which she learned to cook in India. Kevin’s sister Oriel expanded his love affair with food, whisking him away on countless clandestine escapes to a world of local culinary adventures. Kevin was so grateful for the role his sisters played in his formulative years, including the creativity that Valerie displayed in designing some of his most memorable Halloween costumes, which undoubtedly heightened his passion for the Arts.
Kevin was an ardent supporter of theatre and the performing arts. His love for the Arts was evident early on in high school, through university, during his time at Canada’s Wonderland, which eventually culminated to a rewarding teaching career at UTSC, where his students and faculty became an extension of his family.
Compassionate, considerate and caring, Kevin perfected the art of humanity, only seeing the good in people and working selflessly to support others. If there was a definition of someone who embodied unconditional love for others, Kevin was a walking billboard of that to his universe of family, friends and even strangers.
His love and dedication to his wife and children was evident throughout his life. He met his wife, Lisa at Canada’s Wonderland during a load-in for a Paula Abdul concert. He used to say he was smitten at first sight, but it took him a while to get her past her “no dating co-workers” rule. After a while, he gallantly proposed with flowers, a mini bottle of champagne and a ring pop, which Lisa still has to this day, 27 years later. He took immense pride in his commitment to family, including his affection for his little puppy girl Mayetta, enriching his loved ones with unfettered humour and stories that, amplified by his jovial baritone voice, would captivate anyone’s imagination.
He loved nothing more than spending quality time with his family around a campfire, singing songs and toasting smores to their heart’s content. Playing board games was another one of his favourite activities with the boys, something so easily recognizable by the impressive stockpile of games that have been amassed over the years – there was never a game or adventure that couldn’t be tackled and he loved every chance to teach them how to play.
The joys of camping and the outdoors, which were established early on through countless adventures with his loving father, was also something he so proudly passed on to his children, who will undoubtedly cherish this gift for the rest of their lives.
Kevin’s knack for ensuring every moment in life was a memorable one was no more evident than his uncanny ability to always offer up some of the most spirited and colourful photos. The performer in him would instinctively come out, and he would ham it up for the cameras like a seasoned pro.
As we celebrate the incredible life of a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to us all, we say thank you Kevin, for gifting us a legacy of life, love and laughter to aspire to.
Visitation will be held at the DeStefano Funeral Home 1289Keith Ross Drive in Oshawa (905) 440 3595 on Tuesday May 2nd from 11:00 until 1:00pm. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Chapel at 1:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation in memory of Kevin.