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Car Dealer and Philanthropist Bill Wright Passes Away

Posted at 9:09 AM, Dec 29, 2013

wright2KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kalamazoo car dealer and philanthropist Bill Wright has passed away. The 54-year-old was on vacation at his home in Ft. Myers, Florida. No cause of death has been listed.

Wright became a successful business man with car dealerships in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw. He built his business with the motto “Yes We Can” and used that to end every commercial.

He also established a foundation to help needy kids in the Kalamazoo area and would openly speak about his very difficult childhood.

His business partner, Mike Seelye , says in a statement, “Obviously I have a long history with him. We have worked together and been partners for 30-plus years. So it’s shocking to me and a sad situation. It’s hard to believe that a guy who was as big as life as him is dead.”

Funeral arraignments have not yet been made.