Robert "Bob" Bright, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Jan. 28, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Bob will be laid to rest in the Jacksonville, U.S. VA National Cemetery.
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Bob is survived by Alice, his devoted wife of 67 years; loving daughter, Terry; son, Bob; daughter-in-law, Susan; cherished grandchildren, Damien Blumstein, Amy Blumstein, Eric Bright, Rick Bright, Teri Patton; and beloved great-grandson, EJ Porter; and many extended family members in Ohio.
Bob and Alice knew each other for 83 years; they grew up together in the Jr. Order of United American Mechanics National Orphans' Home, in Tiffin, Ohio, where they made lifelong friends. Bob proudly served his country in World War II with the Marine Corp. He was stationed in Hawaii.
Upon his return from World War II, Bob and Alice settled in Findlay, Ohio, where they made wonderful memories raising their family. For 35 years, Bob worked, in Findlay, for Landmark/Blanchard Valley Farmer's Co-Op, as a petroleum manager. Bob and Alice were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio, until they retired to Beverly Hills, Fla., where Bob became a very active member in the community. Bob was unanimously voted the first president of the Beverly Hills Recreation Association and the Beverly Hills Fishing Club. Bob served two terms as president of the Recreation Association, and during this time grew the membership to 1,500 members. He led the Association members, when they initiated, the first Festival of Lights holiday light display. Bob's community contributions were recognized, when he was nominated and elected as Beverly Hills, Citizen of the year. Bob's dedication to his community, family, and country are reflections of his humble childhood, where he learned how to be the honest, hardworking, dignified man that we all adored.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Junior Order Home/Ohio War Memorial Fund in the name of Robert G. Bright, ? Donna Prenzlin, 112 Broadway Street, Republic, Ohio, 44867.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 21, 2014