Patricia Bright Obituary (2022) – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Patricia Bright of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida died on April 1, 2022 at the age of 97. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh. She married in 1952 to Richard Bright of Fredonia, PA. Right after their marriage, Pat and Richard started moving (14 times) due to her husband’s career, first in the Air Force and then in the IT world.
Pat had an irreverent sense of humor which she used in her writing and enjoyed making people laugh. She was a voracious reader and her friends said she always had her nose in a book. Prior to marriage, Patricia’s careers included modeling, various television commercial appearances, and a film shot in Pittsburgh. Pat was also a weekend radio disc jockey featuring jazz. She met Richard while working as a patent law secretary. After the wedding, her husband Richard was sent to the San Francisco area to fly in an F94 fighter squadron, and Pat worked for a patent attorney in the city. “No kids yet, a black MG, two salaries and lots of fun.” Pat called this period “happy” days.
When the enlistment ended, Dick joined a Bay Area computer company. As his career matured, they lived in San Antonio, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. During the international transfer, Pat, Dick and their three children moved to Johannesburg in South Africa and then to Beirut in Lebanon. When the first Six Day War began in 1967, they returned to headquarters in New York and lived in Connecticut. They moved to Sydney, Australia for seven years, then to Hong Kong for two years, where Dick was Vice President of Singer Business Machines for the Asia-Pacific region. Pat loved to travel, often by cruise ship, and his favorite countries (apart from the United States) were Australia and New Zealand.
After returning to the United States and living in the Boston area, Pat re-entered the workforce in 1981 with Digital Equipment Corp. and retired as Executive Director of Unigraphics CAD/CAM Software User Group. After they both retired, they moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Pat began writing booklets of their “Bright Adventures” and composing short poems. Most of his stories and verses have a humorous bent and have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, poetry magazines, The New York Times, and local newspapers. Patricia was also fond of drawing pastel portraits, shown in various art exhibitions. Growing up all over the world, none of the Bright kids knew exactly where their “home” was.
Pat is survived by his sons: Randy (Cindy) Bright of Layton, Utah and Bradley (Marna) Bright of Laguna Beach, California; grandchildren: Fiona, Elias, Emma, ​​Garrett, Kaleigh and Ryder; and great-granddaughter, Ella. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard and her daughter, Tracy of Los Angeles.
Patricia will be cremated at Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home and a celebration of life will be held at Ponte Vedra Beach in the fall.
In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite charity in his honor.
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Published by The Beaches Leader from April 6 to April 7, 2022.

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