Christopher Adam Wright, a teacher and former restaurant worker, died of an aneurysm Aug. 27 in Bogota, Colombia, where he was working as an English teacher. The former Mount Vernon resident was 40.
Born in Towson, he was the son of John T. Wright, a concert producer at Pier Six who lives in Hunt Valley, and Colleen Hill Wright, a child therapist who lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
Raised in Jarrettsville, he attended Jarrettsville Elementary School and North Harford Middle School and was a 1991 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from St. Mary's College in 1996.
Mr. Wright worked at Pro Image Inc. and at the Baltimore Convention Center. He was also a waiter at Plug Ugly's Publick House in Canton, Della Notte Ristorante in Little Italy, Petit Louis in Roland Park and the old Brass Elephant in Mount Vernon.
Family members said that he acquired a taste for travel and had visited Costa Rica, the Amazon region, Peru, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Cuba. They said he usually traveled alone, but made new friends along the way or met up with old ones. He traveled inexpensively and often stayed at hostels.
"Christopher was incredibly adventurous, always ready to visit new places and see new things. You never knew where he was going next, but he always came back with great stories to share," said his brother, Jason T. Wright of Chicago.
"He ran with the bulls in Pamplona, got a private tour from the owner of a Limoncello liquor maker in Italy, and was in Barcelona when Spain won the World Cup in soccer. He was really excited to be living in Bogota, immersing himself in the culture there."
In June, he moved to Colombia and began teaching at businesses whose employees wanted to learn English as a second language.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
In addition to his father, mother and brother, survivors include his stepmother, Jan Wright of Hunt Valley.