Austin Enright

Obituary of Austin Enright

Austin K. Enright Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 26th after a brief battle with cancer. He was 87 years old. He was born in San Jose in 1929 and lived in Santa Cruz County his entire adult life. He graduated from Bellarmine while excelling in track, football, and baseball. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, he started his commercial orchid business in Santa Cruz in 1959, becoming one of the first wholesale orchid growers in the state. As he grew the orchid business, he also sold cut flowers, delivering them at night to the San Francisco Flower market. After 40 successful years, he passed the business to his youngest son Chris, who operates the business to this day. His deep and personal Catholic faith was integrated into every part of his life. He was given a strong foundation of the Catholic faith by his parents, which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of St Joseph's church since the 1960s, was part of the RCIA team for 25 years, and was also a Eucharistic Minister for several years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, backpacking, and his yearly camping trip on the Smith River, which is a tradition that continues today with his children and grandchildren. A devoted family man, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 1991. He is survived by his children Colleen, Kathleen, Pat (Seana), Tim, and Chris (Annie), grandchildren Daniel, Robert, Josie, Kati, Austin, Shawn, Matthew, and Sarah, and his brother Bob. Friends and family are invited to attend a recitation of the rosary on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Capitola. A celebration mass will be held on Thursday, June 8th at 11:00am, followed by a reception in the parish hall.