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.
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