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Thomas William Wright, age 50 of Buffalo, MN, passed away January 31, 2024. He was born on March 13, 1973, in Watertown, MN, to parents Dennis and Penelope (Zora) Wright.

Tom grew up in Waverly, MN with his family. Following his graduation from Howard Lake-Waverly High School in 1992, Tom attended the occupational skills program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and then moved with his parents to Perham, Minnesota. While living in Perham, Tom enjoyed his jobs at the Barrel of Fun chip factory, Perham Linen, and he especially enjoyed working at the Perham Stockyards. As an avid sports fan, you could find him many evenings keeping stats for the local baseball and basketball teams.

In 2008, Tom moved to Buffalo, Minnesota and took a job as a cart attendant at Target; a position he held until his death. For many in Buffalo, Tom was the friendly face at Target who brightened their shopping experience. His warm greetings and genuine smiles turned routine errands into memorable moments. Countless customers attested that Tom was their favorite part of the shopping day; a testament to the lasting impression he left on the community.

Tom had a gift for never forgetting a name or a face, so with your first meeting you were now his friend, and from then on you would be greeted by name. He had a knack for making everyone feel special. Every one of his thousands of Facebook friends would get a shout out on his Facebook page for their birthday, ending the greeting with his trademark “Woooooo!” His Facebook posts brightened everyone’s day. Tom began most posts with an announcement of what day it was, from “Manic Monday” to “Flair Friday”; every day had a joyful Tom designated moniker.

Tom lived life without limits. A lover of road trips, rock concerts, and professional football games, he was always planning his next big outing. As an avid music and movie fan, not only did Tom amass an impressive collection of CD’s and DVD’s, but his gift for remembering facts made him a wealth of knowledge on movie and music trivia – many a road trip partner will attest to that.

Tom was a gem of a person; he was a treasure to the community, and his loss is deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory continue to inspire kindness, warmth, and the joy that he so effortlessly shared with the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Penelope (Penny).

Survived by brothers, Joe, Don (Sue) and Dennis Wright; sisters-in-law, Shelly Wright and Jia Wright; nieces and nephews, Becca (Sam) Luebbers and Sammi Wright, Kaylee (Ted) Peterson, Bri and Leah Wright, Treyden and Ziva Wright, and 5 great nieces and nephews.

Evening visitation will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a prayer service starting at 6:30 PM followed by memory sharing at The Peterson Chapel (119 Central Avenue) in Buffalo, MN. In honor of Tom’s love of sports jerseys, his family will be wearing jerseys from Tom’s collection and you are invited to dress in a similar fashion.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (607 Maple Avenue) in Waverly, MN.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Henry’s Cemetery in Perham, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to












11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jackie Wright Rosson

    I am proud to say I am a member of Tom’s family. He made a difference in people’s lives. Tomorrow is Flair Friday. Thank you Tom for putting smiles on our faces. Jackie (:

  2. Shanna Daugherty

    I’m so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing gonna miss you my friend

  3. Kim Mass

    Rip Tom you will be missed Dearly

  4. Yvonne O’Brien

    Tom was absolutely a one in 1 million, he will be greatly missed, the city of Buffalo has lost a shining star!!!!!!!!!

  5. Shanna Daugherty

    Tom you were such a good friend and good guy gonna miss seeing you

  6. Kathy Hegna

    I was lucky enough to be Tom’s Teacher for several years. He enlightened me every day with new facts and wisdom. We have kept in touch through the years. Looking forward to all his weekly messages that would greet me on my Messenger page. His last messages to me last week were about that Tommy Kramer (from the Vikings) and I should start dating! I never knew what our next discussion would be like! He kept up with former classmates and would let me know what was going on in their lives. He genuine cared about others. When I would stop at Target he always managed to take his coffee break at that time! How could you not love such a guy? Tom, I will truly miss our ‘chats’, your incredible memory, and your overall awesomeness! You truly were the best.

  7. Heidi B.

    Tom always made my day feel extra special with his exuberant greeting and sunny smile. I sure will miss that.

  8. Jerimarie C

    Tom was the sweetest human ever! We had our chats every time we seen each other over the years at Target and every where we saw each other. He was a delightful person to be around. So smart so funny so kind and loving. Last time I was home his smile was so refreshingly. I’ll miss him dearly. God will have a beautiful sports cloud for him to watch us all while he cheer us all on. Bless you dear.

  9. Phil Roberts

    Tom , super great guy and do not be fooled , he was intelligent, had a great memory for people and always something funny to say. Hey buddy , we’ll get that burger on the other side . Gonna miss ya Brother but your in Good hands my man . Take care Friend.

  10. Mayor Teri Lachermeier

    Tom always asked if I had a minute to talk when I entered Target. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with Tom. We talked about the fact that Buffalo was in need of a movie theater and what movies they could show. He also would ask to kiss my hand and reminded me that it was that we were only friends, because he didn’t want to make my husband jealous. I will miss Tom and his pure heart. He was a Lover not a fighter and he reminded me that often. Buffalo will not be the same without our Tom Wright WHOOOOOOOOO

  11. Deb

    I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Tom twice as he poured wine at an art show at One Division Art. I found him quite delightful & very sweet l also danced with him a couple times at Music in the Park in Buffalo. I was saddened to hear if his passing RIP sweet man.


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