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Gilbert Lawrence Bright

Gilbert Lawrence Bright

February 15, 1939 ~ November 27, 2020

Bright, Gilbert Lawrence, Sr. age 81, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020, of heart failure. Born in Lebanon, Kentucky on February 15, 1939, he was the adored only child born to the late Melvin and Naomi Bright. He moved to Florida in 1974 and was a resident of Palm Beach Shores for 42 years.

His loving family was the light of his life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Cary Jean Bright, his children Timothy, Gilbert Lawrence (Larry) Jr. (Coleen), Richard (Kim) and his grandchildren Nicole and Robert Hodgkins, Zack (Emma), Tyler, Jessica, Ashley & Alexandria Bright, of whom he was so proud.

Gilbert was a U.S. Army Veteran, a Master Electrician & Plumber, and was also Certified in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Installation and Repairs.

In 1961, he joined the Army, and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. After returning to Lebanon, Kentucky in 1964, he worked as the Building Inspector for the town. He then opened up City Sales & Service, a Westinghouse appliance store. In 1974, he moved his family to Florida and worked in real estate development and then later worked as a building Engineer at several luxury condominiums in Palm Beach and Singer Island.

He was a licensed pilot and owner of a private aircraft, a Cessna 150. He was also an avid boater and boat owner for many years. He loved riding around Singer Island on his moped and, in later years, in his motorized wheelchair.

He had a passion for fixing things, and there really wasn’t anything that he couldn’t figure out.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and quick wit, along with his patient and gentle spirit. We have been blessed with many happy memories and Gilbert will be dearly missed.

He was a family man, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, taking great pride in his family.

The family would like to thank our dear friends Chili & Piet for their compassion, friendship and assistance in making Gilbert’s final months more comfortable.

He will be forever in our hearts and missed by all who knew him.

Due to the current health crisis, services will be private. We ask that you help us celebrate his life by sharing your memories with us privately or online.



God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard-working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.


Helen Hironimus - Family Friend

December 4, 2020, 3:53 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss of Gilbert. I met Gilbert, Cary Jean and the boys ( Tim, Larry and Rich) back in the 70’s when the moved to Singer Island and became a part of the Buccaneer. I grew up with the family and have many fun memories of everyone at the Buccaneer and the Brights family home on Singer Island. Gilbert was always a very nice and kind man!

My thoughts and prayers with all of the you in the family.


December 4, 2020, 3:53 pm

Gilberado, as I called him with love, I ll be missing him for ever, he wasnt just a buddy for me, we had good times, we fight,we cried, we gossip, he called me crazy and good looking, he was also a confident who litened to me more than anyone I know, my dearest friend who accepted me just the way I am, I am gonna miss him for ever, special man….

Frankie Wella - Friend

December 4, 2020, 4:12 pm

Rich, Tim and Larry: I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless You Guys, your mother and your families. Will be in prayer for you all..

Heidi Jones - Family friend

December 4, 2020, 5:15 pm

So many memories of this sweet and kind man. He will be deeply missed by many, but none as much as Cary Jean. Much love and condolences to all the family.

Steve Langevin - Friend

December 4, 2020, 9:03 pm

Miss him already, call if you need anything

Jane Grake (Sholtis) - Friend

December 4, 2020, 9:22 pm

Rich so very sorry for your loss. I loved the obituary. He must have been a wonderful father and grandfather

Susanne Bland Murphy - Friend

December 4, 2020, 11:57 pm

I rode around Lebanon with Gilbert and Cary Jean during our high school years. We were too young to drive so we felt pretty grown up riding around in Gilbert’s shiny green car. I also remember riding the bus with Gilbert in his younger years. I’m thinking that’s how he and Cary Jean met. My condolences to Cary Jean and the whole family.

Shirley Harris - Friend

December 5, 2020, 12:07 am

With deepest sympathy. Cary Jean. I don’t know if you remember me or not. We lived next to each other on Montgomery Ct. in Lebanon. God bless and be with you and your family in your sorrow. ❤️❤️

Michael moloney

December 5, 2020, 12:21 am

He was great, my best to all Mike Moloney

Ralph & Mary Beth White - Friend

December 5, 2020, 1:29 am

We are so sorry to hear of your loss Gilbert was a wonderful gentleman and always had a great sense of humor
God is happy to have him home

Randi - Friend

December 5, 2020, 2:16 am

Ritchie so sorry for the loss of your dad. You and your Family will be in our prayers and thoughts ❤️ Tim and Randi

Aline Leake - Classmate

December 5, 2020, 3:44 pm

So sorry for your loss, Cary Jean. We have been married 58 years, too, and are the same ages. May Gods bless you and your family and bring peace..

Cindy Watz - Extended family

December 5, 2020, 8:44 pm

Such an accomplished man, and his greatest love was his family. Hugs to all the family, those near and far.

Madline Markey - Step cousin to Cary Jean

December 6, 2020, 11:14 pm

Cary Jean, so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my husband in Feb. so I know what your are going through. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.
Madline Markey

Jack Blades - Friend

December 9, 2020, 2:06 pm

To Rich, and Larry and Tim and Mrs. Bright, sympathy and condolences to all of you from the Blades family. We moved to Singer Island in 1974 as well and you three became my first friends there. Your father was a kind and and good man and raised great sons. You should be proud and I wish you many happy memories.

Linda DeMase - Friend

December 18, 2020, 12:33 pm

To the family of the bright. So sorry to hear about the loss of Gilbert. He was a great person, And had a great personality. Again sorry of your loss.

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