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Winslow Mayor Barry Wright. (Photo: Barry M. Wright).

Winslow Mayor Barry Wright dies at 69

By David Wildstein, February 27 2022 4:49 pm

Winslow Mayor Barry M. Wright, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,  one month ago, has died.  He was 69.

Wright spent 27 years as a Winslow Township police officer before his election to the township committee in 2002 and was re-elected twice before running for mayor in 2011.  He defeated Squire Servance in the Democratic primary by a narrow margin of about 30 votes.

In the general election, Wright ousted Republican Mayor Sue Ann Metzner with about 68% of the vote.  Wright was re-elected in 2015 and 2019.

“Mayor Barry Wright was a dedicated public servant who loved his community. For almost three decades he served as a police officer and then continued his service as mayor. He was a fierce advocate for organized labor and all working families. I was lucky to count him as a friend and he will be sorely missed by so many,” Said Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden).  “My sincerest condolences to his family and the entire Winslow community.”

Wright was known to statehouse visitors as a sergeant-at-arms of the State Senate.

“He said his dream was to become Mayor one day because he loved helping others,” a statement released on the township website stated.  “The Mayor loved serving this community each day and we ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Jeannine LaRue.  met Wright when she began her political career in 1979 as a candidate for local office in Winslow.  She called him “a true public servant.”

“Being an anomaly in township politics as a woman, Black, and only 29 years old, it was no surprise that Barry then a cop for reach out me. Barry, in his younger age, challenged the Winslow Township government to do better. Barry offered his advice and knowledge of the township to me,” He was really clear at an early age that he would be Mayor of the township. From cop to committeeman to Mayor, his #1 job was husband and Dad. We will miss his smile and thirst to make his corner of the world a better place.”

Camden County Commissioners Louis Cappelli and Jeffrey Nash called Wright “a dedicated civil servant” in a statement released on Sunday evening, saying they were “crushed” by his passing.

“As a Board, we are shocked to lose someone that dedicated his life to the selfless endeavor of serving the residents of Winslow Township and Camden County as a dedicated civil servant. Barry was rooted in Winslow Township and after serving for 27 years as a township police officer, he continued to give back to his community by serving in elected office as a committeeman and then as a mayor for 20 years, Cappelli and Nash said.  “Barry was the epitome of integrity and gave everything he had to building a better community for generations to come. He was a thoughtful and intelligent elected official who always put others first. Sadly, Barry has left large shoes to fill in Winslow and our thoughts and prayers are with his family right now in this most difficult time.”

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