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Obituary for Leonard William Wright, Jr.

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On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Leonard William Wright Jr of Washington, DC, passed peacefully at his home residence. Survivors include mother of his children Geraldine J., his two brothers, Terrence S. and Shawn P., his four sons Leonard, III “Guy,” Shawn G., Timothy W., and Terrence P., his two granddaughters Malia L., and Laney G., daughter-in-law Jataya K. and a host of loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Shirley E. and Leonard Sr., and his brother Timothy I.

Leonard was born in Washington DC on September 20, 1957, where he attended DC Public Schools and graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School, leading the charge as the oldest of four boys. Growing up, he was named “Ricky” as his mother Shirley originally wanted to name him Ricardo. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio 1980. Leonard served as a member of the Intelligence Community for over 30 years, including positions within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). His final assignment within the NGA was as Branch Chief, where he led critical key intelligence reporting against high-priority and regional reporting activities. In 2017, the NGA and Department of Defense recognized him with a retirement ceremony and awarded him for his superior accomplishments while serving his country and the federal government.

Leonard loved raising his four boys and stayed connected with them by becoming a dedicated coach within the community, where he coached them in team sports, including Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He was not only a father to his kids but a strong father figure to a whole community of boys he coached and mentored. His guidance helped lead many of his athletes to go on and have successful athletic careers on both the college and professional levels. Outside of coaching, he loved playing golf and became highly dedicated to photography. He was also an active and lifetime member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, where he pledged while attending Central State University in 1980 with the Eta Gamma known as the Grand and Glorious. His line was the Doberman Gang, and he became known in the world of Omega as Dawg Rock. His strong love for the fraternity led two of his sons to carry out his legacy by pledging the fraternity at their designated colleges. One of his most significant accomplishments was watching all four of his sons graduate from college, with two dedicating themselves to serving in the military. Leonard was a man who would do anything for the ones he loved, especially his sons. He helped raise a family and community of people who will forever miss his dedication and undying devotion to support those through coaching and guidance. We will miss his infectious laugh, sharp sense of style, and unwavering support.