john bright, sr.
John Richard Bright, Sr., 88, of Weirton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Born December 22, 1919 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Grover and Sarah "Sadie" Peyton Bright. John was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, George and Jack Bright and four sisters, Mildred Bright, Josephine Connell, Ruth and Ruby Bright and son-in-law James E. Mawhinney. John was a World War II Veteran of the U. S. Army. He also served as a Deputy Sheriff and Holidays Cove police officer, a volunteer firefighter and instructor, President of the WV Firefighters Association and a member of the Weirton Police Reserves. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, VFW 2716 and AARP. He retired from the City of Weirton and National Steel Corporation after 41 years of service. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Kromalic Bright; two daughters Marianne Mawhinney and Jan Hicks and her husband Scott; one son John R. Bright, Jr. and his wife Sharon all of Weirton; five grandchildren James K. Mawhinney and his wife Pam, Sarah (Mawhinney) Foti and her husband Chris, Darrin Hicks and his wife Jennifer, Mandy and Tiffany Bright; three great-granddaughters Libby and Abby Mawhinney and Lauren Foti and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 PM Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Service will be conducted 10 AM Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Dean Borgmeyer officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens where Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Dear Helen, Jan, Marianne & family: I was quite saddened when Dolores called this morning to tell me of John’s passing. Judi and I will remember John quite fondly, and we want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our condolences. Tom & Judi Tarowsky

  2. Jan and Scottie, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Even though they are old it is hard. My thoughts and prayers are with two special people. Love, Jerry Hamill

  3. Jan, Scotty,& Darrin, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We share in your grief and celebrate the joy of his long life and loving family. We love you…

  4. Helen, Marianne, jan, Jake and Sam. Ted and I were so sorry to read of John’s passing in the paper. He was a really terrific person who made you laugh and he had a wonderful sense of humor. We are still away and will not be able to be there in person but please know we will be thinking of the whole family in our prayers. Love Peggy and Ted

  5. Jan and Scotty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I could be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love to you both. Dawn

  6. I was sorry to hear of John’s passing.. I have not been back ‘home’ for many years .. He was a good man who helped me more than he realized.. My prayers are with all of you..

  7. Jan & Scottie I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Your mom and dad are so nice.I remember coming up to swim with Richard and Ronnie and your dad being so funny. You two have been blessed with great parents which will be deeply missed. I love you both very much. Randy

  8. rick,sharon and family/jan and scottie and family’maryann and jim and family, not to forget helen sorry to hear about your loss. natalie and i have all of you in our prayers. always remember he will always be watching over you as your guardian angel sincerely terri and natalie

  9. Jan, Scottie and Darrin. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss. I wish we could be there. Love you guys. Take Care

  10. Helen, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Helen J. told me. You have my deepest sympathies. He will be missed and remembered and you will be in our prayers. Love you, Corliss

  11. Jan & Scott, Marianne & Families Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I lost both my parents within the last two years and know it is very hard. I will keep you in my prayers.

  12. To the family of John Bright. On behalf of the Bereavement Ministry of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, your parish family extends their deepest sympathy to each of you. John, in loving memory, will be enrolled in the church’s memorial fund. Many blessings-Bereavement Ministry Saint Joseph the Worker Christian Mothers

  13. Janice & Scottie, I love you both so very much and wish that I could have been home with you. Friendship doubles your joy and divides your grief. Know that you have both been in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Jan and scottie, Marryann and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I wanted to stop by but didn’t get the chance. We send our deepest condolences.

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