Keith Anthony Wright, 66, passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2024 in Norfolk, VA. Keith was born March 19, 1957, to Jean and Andy Wright in Richmond VA. He was a graduate of Bowling Green Senior High and attended Old Dominion University where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Keith touched so many lives with his memorable smile, kind heart and gregarious spirit. He was an immensely proud family man who led by example and tough love along with laughter and joy. His marriage of 35 years to his wife Cathy, brought many wonderful adventures and memorable experiences to their lives. Undeniably his greatest joy was his children, Keith Anthony Jr. (Tina) and Kelly Rae (Rick). He never missed an opportunity to express how very proud he was of their achievements.
Keith was a carpenter by trade and found his love for fixing and making things by working alongside his beloved grandfather, Punk. He formed his own company, Wrightway Construction and was in business for himself for over 27 years. His reputation for honesty and integrity was a testament to the type of businessman he strived to be. Keith was a true master of his craft where he worked not only with his hands but his heart as well – a genuine artist.
Undeniably, Keith’s greatest love was RUGBY. His career began in the spring of 1976 and spanned over 35 years. He was “all in” from the start and always found true happiness either playing, watching, teaching, or talking about rugby. His accomplishments allowed him to experience travel, both national and internationally, and to meet so many dear friends along the way. He received numerous awards over his many years of play including the Norfolk Blues Rugby Hall of Fame and the Commonwealth of Virginia Rugby Hall of Fame. One of his greatest pleasures was creating memories – and there were many to be made.
In addition to his wife, and two children, left to cherish his memory are sisters Karen, Rene and Bernadette (Derrick), brother, Kevin (Diane), cousin Gwen, a host of nieces and nephews, as well as an enormous circle of loving family and friends.
“… where there is Love there is a smile,
Oh, blest are they who walk in love,
They also walk with God above.”