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Champion New Jersey Historian Kevin Wright Of River Edge Dies

Bergen County Historian Kevin Wright of River Edge died Thursday.
Bergen County Historian Kevin Wright of River Edge died Thursday. Photo Credit: Bergen County Historical Society

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — Bergen County historian, author and lecturer Kevin Wright of River Edge who turned New Bridge Landing into a heritage destination died Thursday.

A memorial service was held Sunday at the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home.

Wright's 30 years of writing covered Hudson's encounter with the New World inhabitants, the Morris Canal, the iron industry, histories of Newton, and numerous articles and presentations, legacy.com says.

He retired in 2008 as a Regional Historic Preservation Specialist for the Park Service in the DEP.

As volunteer President of the Bergen County Historical Society, he advocated for a new museum building at Historic New Bridge Landing, which is currently in the planning stages on BCHS property. He also loved horticulture and song writing.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Powell; their children Ivan, Benjamin, and Anna; siblings Colleen, Patrick, and Pegeen Wright; and his mother, Teresa Mullen Wright.

Memorial donations in celebration of his passion and life's work may be made to the BCHS Museum Fund, P.O. Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661.

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