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Memorial service, victory lap Saturday for Bill Wright

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We continue to remember Bill Wright. Saturday morning, a celebration of life will take place for the man who touched so many lives in West Michigan.

The start of the celebration of his life begins in a few hours. Hundreds of people are expected to be at Valley Family Church honor Wright's legacy in the community.

The 54-year-old passed away last week at his vacation home in Florida. Friends say that he died of heart failure.

Wright is best known for his larger-than-life personality, appearing in ads for the Seelye-Wright Automotive Group. He was also very involved in charity work, starting the Wright for Kids Foundation, which helped abused and neglected children.

His support spread throughout the community, including to Kalamazoo Public Safety. Earlier this week, Chief Jeff Hadley said, "Our youth leadership academies, our citizens leadership academy. He's provided money, he's provided vehicles. He's just been a tremendous, tremendous friend to us. He has always been there for us. He wanted no recognition. He never wanted a favor, he never called for a favor, he never called me for a favor. His support was his support and it was unconditional.

The public is welcome to attend the celebration of life service.
After that, starting at noon, a "victory lap" is planned to honor Wright. It will start at the I-94 park and ride on Oakland Drive in Portage, then go past the dealership, through downtown Kalamazoo, past Mayors' Riverfront Park then back through downtown using Cork Street.