John Richardson Wright passed away on August 2 at his home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Wright, owner of Southeastern Aluminum Products, was 73 years old and surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.

He was born in Columbus, Ga., on March 7, 1942. He attended Auburn University and received a degree in chemical engineering before a stint with the United States Steel Corporation in Fairfield, Ala., where he worked as a supervisor. In 1968, he entered graduate school and worked as a graduate assistant in Auburn’s department of chemical engineering, receiving his master’s in 1970.

Wright was a lifelong member of the Board of Professional Engineers. He married Angelina Villane, in 1963 and had his son, John Jr., the next year. He then worked for Maxwell House coffee in Jacksonville and later Planters Peanuts before purchasing Southeastern Aluminum Products with his partner, Bill Jackson, in 1985.

Wright was preceded in death by his parents, James Arthur and Helen Young Bates Wright. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Angie; son, John Jr.; daughter-in-law, Angie, and granddaughter, Olivia, all of Jacksonville Beach; and his sister, Genie Wright of Washington, D.C.