Ex-MP pays tribute to ‘Ballymean’s most famous son’

Former DUP MP and School Authority member Mervyn Storey has expressed his sadness at news of the death of Sir William Wright CBE,

Commenting Mervyn said, “It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of William (Willy) Wright.

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“William was one of the most famous sons of Ballymeans, indeed Northern Ireland. He will be long remembered for the contribution he made to his home town and to Northern Ireland in many different roles and responsibilities.As an outstanding entrepreneur, he was the founder of the famous Wright bus.He was very interested in the education of our young people and served faithfully for many years in the NEELB, indeed it didn’t take long to be in his company for the subject of education to be broached.

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“An unapologetic Unionist and Orangeman no matter where in the world he was.

“Despite all these commitments and many others, William Wright was above all a man of faith. He had a personal saving faith in Christ and we know today that he is with his Savior whom he loved and served.

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“You may say of him as of an Old Testament character,

“Do you not know that there is a prince and a great man fallen today in Israel” 2 Samuel 3 v 38

“We express our sympathy to his wife and family and assure them of our thoughts and prayers.”

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley also paid tribute to Sir Wright saying: “Today, with the passing of Sir William Wright, Ballymena has lost a giant.

“A godly man of faith. A devotee of Ulster. An entrepreneur without equal. We will never see his equal again.

“I wish to extend to Lady Wright and all the family, my family and my families, and our party’s deepest condolences for their loss.

“Sir William was a giant character. He was one of the last true captains of industry and commerce and a man who left his mark, not only locally but globally. Wherever there is engineering, manufacturing or selling buses, his genius will be remembered.

“I had the honor of knowing him and his family for decades. He was both a political leader and a business leader. He cared passionately about employment and vocational training for local people. “He loved Northern Ireland and he was dedicated in everything he did. When in his presence you knew you were with someone remarkable. He had that X factor that so few have. But those who made a difference for everyone Northern Ireland was blessed to have him as a son.

“To his immediate and extended family. They can take courage in his faith, which was strong. His deliberate testimony. At the time of their great loss, they know that many people throughout the country will be praying for them.

Statement by North Antrim TUV MP Jim Allister on the death of Sir William Wright

“The passing of Sir William Wright is a sad and significant moment for the town and the community of Ballymena and the district.

“A free man of the borough, few have left such an indelible legacy in terms of sustainable jobs and contribution to the economic, technical and manufacturing success of the region. Wrightbus, which he built so diligently, remains both a key and important employer in the district and a leader in pioneering technology, currently evident in the hydrogen and electric bus market. Much of this success can be attributed to the foresight and leadership of Sir William, an exceptionally talented entrepreneur.

“I wish to convey to his widow and his family my sincere Christian sympathy.”

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