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Donald N. Brightman

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Donald N. Brightman Obituary
Donald N. Brightman , 79, of Newton Center and Hull, Massachusetts, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts died after a brief illness on Sunday, March 11, 2018. For 56 years, the beloved husband of Louise (Weiler) also of Brookline. Devoted father of Jill Robyn Griffin (Brightman), Heath Hank J. Brightman, and Ross Edward Brightman, and father-in-law of Lori Brightman (Mann). Adored grandfather of Nolan Robert Griffin and Declan Bryce Griffin. Dear brother of the late Shepard Alan Brightman, Saul J. Brightman, and brother-in-law of Arline Brightman. Dog Dad to Butterscotch (poodle) and Beatrix Ruth (shi-tzu). A professional educator for more than 30 years, Don held positions ranging from teacher to principal in several Massachusetts public school systems, the longest of which was Weymouth, where he served as an elementary school principal for more than 20 years. Don had a second career as a realtor in residential properties. He was a dedicated Master Mason in several lodges, who served as Past Master of Unit- ed Lodge. A proud Alumni of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Class of 1960) and former U.S. Army Officer during the 1960s, he maintained close friendships with both UMass classmates and Army buddies throughout his life. His greatest loves were reading, enjoying time on the beach in Nantasket, European travel, and spending time with his wife, grandsons, and dogs. Services were held at Temple Israel, on Thursday, March 15. Burial followed at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, Grove St., West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com.
Published in The Newton Tab from Mar. 15 to Mar. 28, 2018
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