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Forrest J. "Pat" Bright

March 22, 1928 ~ March 26, 2018 (age 90)

Forrest J. Bright  “beloved father and grandfather”

HEBRON CENTER, Pa.---Forrest J. “Pat” Bright, 90, of Hebron Center, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a short illness.

Born on March 22, 1928 in Bradford, he was a son of Clifford and Emma Skinner Bright.  On October 19, 1962 in Ohio, he married Shirley F. Gress, who passed away on August 1, 2008.

Forrest was employed as a truck driver and heavy equipment mechanic at the coal mines in Sterling Run, having worked for several companies, including Ted Quinn, John Rydesky and Ed Nestlerode.

He was a member of Hebron Union Church in Coudersport. He loved to tinker and put things together---making something out of nothing.

Surviving are two sons, Jay A. (Jenny) Bright of Coudersport and Brian D. Bright of Hebron Center; a daughter, Nancy (Bradley) Strahl of Emporium; three granddaughters, Jordan L. Bright, Maycee G. Bright, and Gina (Dana) Kepple; five grandsons, James A. Bright, Dane F. Bright, Bryce R. Bright, Gavin F. Bright, and Donald Osti; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Forrest was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.

Friends may call from 10am to 11am on Friday, March 30, 2018, at the Hebron Union Church, Route 44, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Pastor Hank St. Amour and the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus, officiating.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Forrest’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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