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Wright Bronson Jr.1,2

b. 7 July 1918, d. 6 August 1997

Family Catherine "Sis" Ake b. circa March 1917, d. 28 February 2014
Children  1. Catherine "Cathy" Bronson b. 28 May 1946, d. 18 Feb 2010
  2. Pat Bronson b. 1948
  3. Pamela "Pam" Bronson b. 13 Aug 1951

Birth* 7 July 1918  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,2 
Marriage* circa 1943  Akron, Summit Co., OH, Principal=Catherine "Sis" Ake1,2 
SSN* 6 August 1997  Wright BRONSON Jr
Birth Date: 7 Jul 1918
Death Date: 6 Aug 1997
Social Security Number: 282-18-0320
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Ohio
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 44303
Localities: Akron, Summit, Ohio2 
Death* 6 August 1997  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,2 
News/Obit 8 August 1997  Obituary,
Wright Bronson Jr.

Wright Bronson Jr., 79, died Aug. 6, 1997.

He was born in Akron, and graduated from Buchtel High School and Cornell University. In 1948, he started Bronson & Co. Sales and Engineering Firm. Wright was also president of Bedford Gear Co., and in 1970 he co-founded the Steelastic Co.

Throughout his career, Wright was a leader in the Akron community as first president of Junior Achievement, Rotary Club president, and chairman of Akron's Sesquicentennial Parade as "Simon Perkins."

Wright was actively involved in Akron City Hospital as a president of the board of trustees and a major fund-raiser for what is now known as Summa Health System.

He was a member of Portage Country Club, the Akron City Club, Bluecoats, and a devoted parishioner of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Wright is survived by wife of 52 years, Sis; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Stan Kostewicz of Akron, Pat and Rob Rose of Sylvania, Ohio, Pam and Ben Giambrone of Rochester, N. Y.; grandchildren, Mickey and Jamie Rose, Robb, Charlie, and Catie Giambrone; sister and brother-in-law, Mil and Chuck Chandler; brother-in-law, Don Parks; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. SATURDAY, Aug. 9, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., with Dr. Richard L. McCandless and Rev. James R. Beebe officiating. Friends may call at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., TODAY from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or Summa Health System, 525 E. Market St., Akron 44304. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel,867-4141.)

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - August 8, 1997 & August 9, 1997

News/Obit* 8 August 1997  Obituary,

Akron business and civic leader Wright Bronson Jr. was modest about the many contributions he made to the community over the years.

"It was just the kind of person he was -- I can't explain it," said his oldest daughter, Cathy Kostewicz. "He was always just doing things, giving things. And he did things quietly."

Bronson, 79, died Wednesday of natural causes. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sis, who is 80.

His daughters are Kostewicz, 51, of Akron; Pat Rose, 49, of Sylvania; and Pam Giambrone, 46, of Rochester, N.Y. Other survivors include a sister, Mil Chandler, and five grandchildren.

"He loved his family and his business," Kostewicz said.

Her father, an Akron native, earned an engineering degree at Cornell University in 1940. After being employed at B.F. Goodrich and Douglas Aircraft, he founded Bronson & Co. Sales and Engineering Firm in 1948.

He was also president of Bedford Gear Co., and he co-founded the Steelastic Co. in 1970.

Adding to an already active life, Bronson became heavily involved in fund raising for Summa Health System and lent his business knowledge to Akron City Hospital's board of trustees. He served as the board's chairman and vice chairman.

Kostewicz said her father always thought of the hospital as the center of the community and that he should contribute to it.

Albert Gilbert, president and CEO of Summa Health System, said his friend of 23 years never put himself first.

"He was a truly exceptional individual who was very willing to give and helped others to give," Gilbert said. "He was very, very unselfish. He always thought of others."

Trudy Kapper, vice president for development and community relations at Akron City Hospital, described Bronson as a warm, energetic man who often donned costumes to promote his causes.

She recalled the time in 1992 when he dressed as Akron blacksmith Boniface DeRoo to promote the hospital's centennial.

"He had an incredible love of life and believed no matter what you were doing, you should be having fun," Kapper said. "He felt you needed to put your heart and soul into it."

Other times, Bronson appeared as an Egyptian pharaoh, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Simon Perkins and Superman. His creative approach to inspiring givers worked -- particularly in the case of Akron City Hospital, for which he helped raise millions of dollars.

The pinnacle of Bronson's relationship with the hospital came last year with the opening of the Sis and Wright Bronson Jr. Center for Renal Care. Sis Wright also devoted many hours to volunteering for the hospital.

Kostewicz said the center was "like the culmination of everything." She said her parents took a special interest in helping kidney-disease patients since their daughter Pat received a kidney transplant in 1989.

Bronson was also a devoted parishioner of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He and his wife most recently donated an organ to the church's music program.

He belonged to various organizations.

"There are too many to name," Kostewicz said jokingly.

Her father was even chairman for Akron's Sesquicentennial Parade.

The last two years of Bronson's life were less active; he had a total knee replacement in May 1995. Still, he preached his favorite words to others: "Great ideas belong to everyone."

"His zest for life was so amazing," Kostewicz said.

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - August 8, 1997


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