Berkeley Renames Beach in Honor of World War II Veteran

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP-The town already has a small street named after World War II sailor Clifford B. Wright, but now, the veteran has been honored with a beach in his name.  The Berkeley Shores Beach on Amherst drive was dedicated to the memory of the sailor who was a longtime volunteer in the community and one of the founders of the Berkeley First Aid Squad.

Mayor Carmen Amato and members of the township council held a ceremony this week to honor Wright, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 2014.

Wright served his country during World War II with the United States Navy; and shortly after his time in the Navy had ended, he met the woman who would become his beloved wife, Ethel, where for over 65 years they created a beautiful family in Berkeley Township.

After a tragic accident involving his nephew David in 1954, thanks to Clifford and others, the Bayville First Aid Squad was founded.

“For 58 years, Clifford B. Wright volunteered and dedicated his life to serve his fellow residents as a member of the squad,” Mayor Carmenn Amato said. “Clifford B. Wright also served our community as a member of the Bayville Fire Department, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9503 and served as a Member of the Berkeley Township School Board.”

Amato said Wright exemplified true dedication and compassion in his tireless commitment to help others in need and to serve his community; and

“We dedicated and named the township beach on Amherst Drive, as the Clifford B. Wright Memorial Beach at Amherst as a small token of our grateful appreciation for his years of dedicated service to our community,” Amato said.