Ernest Allen Wright, 83, passed away peacefully after his battle with cancer on Oct 8, 2015. He is survived by his children Cathye Allen and Kevin (Lorri) Wright; grandchildren Jason (Hali) Wright, Lindsey (Eric) Novacek & Lucas Allen; great grandchildren Hailey, Ella, Isabel, Andrew and Dillon. Ernie will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life honoring Ernie Wright on Friday October 16, from 4 – 7 pm
at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course, located at 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden CO 80401.
For those interested, a service will also be held at the St Paul’s Community Church, located at 8001 W 23rd Ave in Lakewood, CO 80214 on Friday October 16, 2015 at 2 pm. Military Honors at Crown Hill Cemetery to follow at 3 pm.
Ernie was a long-time editor of the Weekly Register-Call, back when it was produced on a lead press. Even after he left around 1978 to open a print shop in Idaho Springs, he continued to come to Central City every week for many years and do the actual printing on the old Electric Boat Company printing press. He also continued to keep the old 1862 flatbed press in working order so it could be used to fold the papers.
Wright was the one who transitioned the Weekly Register-Call from the original hot lead equipment and was the last person to use much of the antique machinery that was in the old newspaper offices in the building on Eureka Street, occupying the first and second floors below the Masonic Lodge.
Ernie also was the Mayor of Black Hawk at one time, and his wife Patricia Wright was the Gilpin County Treasurer. He was a dear man with a wonderful sense of humor and for a very long time he knew everyone and everything that was going on in Central City, Black Hawk, and Gilpin County.
Ernie’s incredible work ethic meant the Weekly Register-Call was published every single week, keeping alive the prestigious honor at the time of being Colorado’s second oldest continuously published newspaper. He passed the title along so that it is now the oldest newspaper in Colorado with the demise of the Rocky Mountain News a few years ago.
Submitted by Kathy Heider.