Clifford Wright (mayor)

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Clifford Emerson Wright

Mayor of Saskatoon
In office
Preceded byBert Sears
Succeeded byHenry Dayday
Personal details
Born(1927-09-21)September 21, 1927
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
DiedDecember 9, 2014(2014-12-09) (aged 87)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Spouse(s)Betty Dye[1]
RelationsJames Wright (grandson) (grandchildren)
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan

Clifford Emerson Wright, OC SOM (September 21, 1927 – December 9, 2014) was the Mayor of Saskatoon from 1976 to 1988 and the first Mayor of Saskatoon to have been born in the city.

He was a member of the Saskatoon City Council from 1967 until he was elected Mayor in 1976. He served for four successive terms until 1988. From 1989 to 1993 he served as a Treaty Commissioner. He was also Chair of the Saskatoon Health Board during the 1990s.[2]

In 1988 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.[3] In 1998 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of "his contributions to province and country".[4] In 1999 he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit [1].

Wright died from lung cancer while in palliative care at a Saskatoon hospital on December 9, 2014, aged 87.[5][6]

Wright was married to Betty and had four children.[2] His grandson James Wright is an ice hockey forward who played for the Winnipeg Jets.[7]


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  2. ^ a b Pedersen, Jen. "A Seat on Council: The Aldermen, Councillors and Mayors of Saskatoon 1903-2006" (PDF). p. 140. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Honorary degree recipients". University of Saskatchewan.
  4. ^ "Order of Canada citation". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11.
  5. ^ "Former Saskatoon Mayor Cliff Wright dies". CBC News. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
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  7. ^ "No mere pre-season game for Wright". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-11-02.