Gary D. Bright, 72

July 15, 1948 - September 06, 2020

Gary D. Bright, 72, of Mountville, PA, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020. He was the loving husband of Theresa M. (Shostek) Bright for 47 years. Born in Reading, PA, Gary was the son of the late Leon W. and Dorothy B. (Ilg) Bright.

Gary graduated from St. John Vianney High School before furthering his education at St. Charles College and Seminary and later Jacksonville University where he studied biology. Following his education, he returned to the Lancaster area for work.

Gary was the general manager at “That Fish Place” for 29 years. He was a very innovative and hardworking man who designed the filtering system for the fish aquarium. After this, Gary and Teri owned and operated “Toys on the Green” located in Neffsville from 1995-2005. Continuing his endeavors, Gary worked as store manager for both Kitchen Kettle and later for Rite Aid in Columbia until his retirement.

Gary was a tremendously active member at his church, St. John Neumann. He was a past president of the Parish Council, sang in the choir, as well as a cantor. Gary and his wife Theresa also participated as team leaders for Marriage Encounter, and mentors for Engaged Encounter.

Gary had many hobbies, some of which included fresh and saltwater fishing, vacationing in Maine, and growing roses. At one time, his rose garden contained over 100 roses with 60 different varieties. Once he received a note addressed to him as “Dear Rose Man,” which later became his custom-made license plate.

In addition to his wife, Gary is survived by his children: Ryan M. Bright of Lancaster, PA and Kateri A. Bright of Mountville, PA; his two grandchildren: Liam P. Bright and Mason D. Lehman of Mountville, PA; and his two sisters: Cheryl L. LeFever and Pamela J. married to Donald Goodley of Lancaster, PA.

Friends will be received by Gary’s family at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 10-11AM, with the Mass to follow at 11AM. The family wishes that the interment be private at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gary’s memory to St. John Neumann Catholic School, 601 E. Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601.

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September 17, 2020

As a young child my first lesson in laughter was from my beloved cousin Gary…Back in the 50’s, a visit to see Uncle Leon, Aunt Dot along with Gary & his siblings Cheryl & Pam was an adventure in happiness…On our trips back to Pennsylvania over the years, A visit with the Bright family was always a must…My last Gary hug was when we bumped into each other unexpectadly at the “Kitchen Kettle” and a photo of that moment sits on my desk to this day…Our love to his family and friends for indeed Gary left this world a better place…
Paul & Debbie Brill

September 15, 2020

Gary Bright Family,
We pray that your faith will keep you strong. Gary was a good, kind-hearted neighbor. We enjoyed his friendly manner, his interest in sharing his favorite new beverage, and his pride in revving up his beautiful red T-Bird. May God provide peace for him and your family.              Russ and Valerie Clark

September 14, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Gary had a very special place in my life as a young teen growing up with our “Marriage Encounter families” My brother and I still share fond memories of fun times at Gary and Teri’s house! Gary loved to spoil us with ice cream and pizza!! And then there were the amazing tours and visits to “That Fish place”. Gary’s smile and kind hearted nature will always be remembered! Love to Teri and the kids at this time… praying for you all and sending hugs from LA… Stacey Reed and family 

September 14, 2020

Condolences to the Bright family. You are in our thoughts.
John and Terri

September 13, 2020

Gary and family….much loved by me while we worked at KITCHEN KETTLE. Even when you were sad a hurt you continued to encourage me when l needed it . Fly high w the angels and we will meet again.
Judie Bistline

September 13, 2020

Dear Terri, Our hearts & prayers go out to you & your family at this time of great loss. May God hold you in the palm of His hand through these days of sadness & grief.  With affection, Jan & Frank Kautz

September 13, 2020

Teri, Pam and family,
So sorry to read of Gary’s passing. Brought back lots of great memories of working with  you all at TOTG. Please accept my condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you all
Cindy (Ward) Marshall

September 13, 2020

Sing with the angels Gary!! I am sure they would like another fine tenor! I will miss you.
Marge Kipe

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Lancaster, PA 17601
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