Jean M. (Fitzpatrick) Wright

  • Died: February 8, 2018
  • Location: Needham, Massachusetts

Eaton Funeral Home

1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Tel. (781) 444-0201

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean M. (Fitzpatrick), Wright, 56, of Needham, died Thursday, February 8, at Beth Israel Medical Center due to complications arising from Multiple Sclerosis. Jean was the last to join a boisterous family of six children raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Robert A. Fitzpatrick, a Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Mary (Callahan) Fitzpatrick, a mathematics teacher at Amherst Regional High School. Jean attended Amherst local schools and graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1979. She graduated from Boston College in 1983 with a B.A. in Communications. After college, she began a career in banking and financial services at Bank of New England in Boston. In 1989, Jean married Jeffrey J. Wright, a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and a graduate of Boston College, Class of 1975. Jean committed herself to her two children, Brigid Eagan, who arrived in 1991, and Robert (Bobby) Fitzpatrick, who followed in 1994. Devoted to her family, Jean took an active interest in her children's education, and volunteered at their many school activities until her increasing disability limited her capacity to participate. Following in her parents' footsteps, Brigid graduated Boston College in 2014, and is now in her second year at Suffolk University Law School; Robert broke with tradition and attended Syracuse University in New York. Known for her razor-sharp intellect, quicksilver wit, mordant sense of humor, as well as her flair for fashion and her beauty, Jean was an avid reader, a gourmet cook, a superb seamstress, a do-it-yourself crafter, as well as the family home's construction supervisor and plumber, when necessary. Jean's couragous 19-year battle with a debilitating illness could not diminish her unending love for Brigid and Bobby, who were the center and true purpose in her too short life. She inspired everyone who knew and loved her, including her caregiver Betsy Welz, and the Wright family's loyal friend Ann Brady. Jean is survived by Jeffrey, her devoted husband of twenty-nine years, and her two children, Brigid and Robert; her mother, Mary Fitzpatrick, her sisters, Maureen, Ellen, Betsy, and Mary, her brother Robert and sister-in-law Evie; her niece Ryan Deane; her sister-in-law Mary Kay Watts and her husband, James; her sister-in-law Tricia Myers and her husband, Thomas; her brother-in law Gerald Wright and his
wife, Janet; her nieces Jennifer Myers, Lindsey Johnson, and Katherine Watts; and her nephews Michael and Andrew Watts.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Wednesday, February 14th from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 1360 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday February 15th at 10 am. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jean's name to Brigham and Women's Hospital / Development Office / Multiple-sclerosis 116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jeff, we were so sorry to hear of Jeans passing! I'm sure there is a brighter light shining in Heaven. We wish you the best and pray that you will carry on as she would want!!

Love to you and your children

Jack & Linda

Posted by Jack & Linda Dempsey - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   February 20, 2018

Jeff, I want to pass along my condolences to you and your family for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts. Jerome

Posted by Jerome Kelliher - MA - Coworker   February 15, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy Will fondly remember meeting you and Jeff at Salter's Point May you rest in peace Love, Cousin Ellen

Posted by Elln erry - Marion, MA   February 14, 2018

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Posted by Felix Mercado and Family - Salem, NH   February 14, 2018

Just wanted to share my condolences. My mother passed similarly. God Bless -

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2018


You and your constant smille will be missed. Love, Tricia

Posted by Tricia Myers - Cumberland, RI   February 13, 2018

My condolences to the Fitzpatrick family. Kathleen Callahan (Sharon's sister)

Posted by Kathleen Callahan - South Deerfield, MA   February 13, 2018

Auntie Jean,
You are missed.

Posted by J Myers - Boston, MA   February 12, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss of Jean. Losing ones we love in death is most certainly hard. 1Cor 25:26 May you be surrounded by dear loving supportive friends and be comforted by many good memories and Gods promises.

Posted by R H    February 12, 2018

Jeff and family. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Remember all the good times you all had and hopefully that will comfort you at this sad time. Sending prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Emily Bockley - Malden, MA   February 12, 2018

Really so sorry for your loss, may the God of comfort continue to be with the family through this difficult time. May you always have great memories. My deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by P D - NY   February 12, 2018

To the family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. May the God who bind up the brokenhearted, comforts all who mourn sustain your family during most difficult time.
Isaiah 61:1, 2
- with heartfelt sympathy

Posted by J    February 12, 2018

Dear Wright family, So sorry to hear the sad news of Jeans' passing. Although I personally did not know Jean, my daughter Torrey has been dear friends with Bobby since they were very young. Bobby always spoke highly of his Mom! May you all keep fond memories close to your hearts. God Bless you all. (Cazeaults', formerly from Dedham, MA)

Posted by Rose Cazeault - Nashville, TN   February 11, 2018


We love you and will miss you so.

Posted by Mary Kay. Watts - Reading - Family   February 11, 2018

I am so sorry. I know from Ellen how beloved Jean was and how much you will all miss her. Gail Mazur

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2018


Posted by Lyn Gaudiana - Lyndeborogh, NH   February 10, 2018