The Palm Beach Civic Association celebrates the life of Suzanne Wright, devoted mother and grandmother, visionary co-founder of Autism Speaks, and loving wife of our Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright.

 Palm Beach Civic Association

In Memoriam

Suzanne Wright


Suzanne Wright

1946-2016

The Palm Beach Civic Association celebrates the life of Suzanne Wright, devoted mother and grandmother, visionary co-founder of Autism Speaks, and loving wife of our Civic Association Chairman and CEO Bob Wright.
 
Suzanne was an inspiration.   She was focused, energetic, highly motivated, and determined to make a difference in causes that matter.  Autism Speaks describes her as “a tireless champion for the 70 million people affected by autism worldwide.”  In May 2008, she and Bob were selected for Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.
 
At the Palm Beach Civic Association, Suzanne was our friend and enthusiastic supporter who believed in us and never stopped cheering us on.  She praised our efforts to improve Palm Beach and urged us to think outside the box when it came to protecting our town.  She was fascinated by our town government and the intensity of residents on issues like the Port of Palm Beach and underground utilities.

Suzanne had a passion for people.  She understood the importance of reaching out and caring for others.  She took time to stop and listen to those in need, and was always willing to go the extra mile.  Her friends marveled at her personalized handwritten notes they received as Autism Speaks donors.   
   
In February 2016, a tribute was held to honor Suzanne Wright.  Her remarks that evening are a powerful and fitting legacy:

“Our work has a purpose beyond every one of us.  Our actions have the power to make an impact on what really counts.  I challenge you to let your imaginations run wild. I encourage you to expect the unexpected. I dare you to fight for things people doubt are possible.”


At the Palm Beach Civic Association, we are very grateful to have known Suzanne Wright.  Her exceptional life motivates us to step up and make a difference in our community and our world.   

 

In Memoriam in the Shiny Sheet

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