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GLOUCESTER: Dorothy L. (Waugh) Wrightson, 87, wife of the late John C. “Jack” Wrightson J.D., of Gloucester, passed away on Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by her loving family. She was affectionately known as “Dottie”, “Dodie," “Dot” and “Wrightsie” to her many family and friends.

Dorothy was born in Somerville on May 25, 1928, daughter of the late John and Lilly (Stromme) Waugh.

She was a graduate of Arlington High School, Class of 1945 and also of Larson Jr. College, Hamden, Conn., graduating with an Associates of Arts degree in 1947.

She married the love of her life, Jack Wrightson, on September 11, 1948.

Dorothy had a long and highly successful business career, a significant accomplishment for a woman of that era. She first worked for the family business, Minuteman Radio in Harvard Square, where she managed the record department for close to 20 years.

In 1965, she left Minuteman Radio to co-found and build Pilgrim House at Peabody, an innovative skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center, with her husband Jack. In 1975, Dorothy received her certification and license as Nursing Home Administrator. Dorothy and her husband sold Pilgrim House in 1985.

Dorothy made Gloucester her home for over 40 years, first living up the street from Good Harbor Beach, then renovating the beautiful brick house on Rocky Neck, known as Villa Pace. Her stately home overlooked the mouth of Gloucester Harbor and was the site of many grand parties. Dorothy's love for Rocky Neck kept her there for 23 years before moving to her final home, also with a view of the outer harbor she loved so much.

She was a long time member of the Bass Rocks Golf Club. Dorothy was very proud of her hole in one and her Legend cup. She loved traveling by cruise ship, visiting the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Bermuda, and Norway. She was also an avid Patriots fan.

Dorothy was a generous and loving wife, aunt, sister-in-law, and godmother. She was a kind and loyal friend, a gracious and fun loving host, and possessed a wonderful sense of humor, evident even in her final hours.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois DiModica and husband Michael, and Janice Waugh; nephews and nieces, Weston Waugh, Whitney Warren and husband Kevin, Wendy Kraus and husband, Ralph, Marjorie Squire and husband, Jonathan, Michael DiModica and wife, Laurie, Michele DiModica, Melissa Niziak and husband, James, Joanne Bartlett and husband, Rhett, John Moore; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Marjorie Moore, and her husband, Jack Wrightson.

Visiting hours and prayer service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Saturday, February 6, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Prayer Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Addison Gilbert Hospital, c/o Philanthropy Office, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 30, 2016
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