Centerville - After a life full of love and adventures, Curtis Gray Bright passed away peacefully on May 3 after his struggle with Alzheimer’s. He was deeply loved and will be incredibly missed.
Curtis was born in 1938 in a two room shack on a small farm in Arkansas, where he lived with his three sisters, parents, and grandparents. He told stories of a different era: long days in the fields picking cotton, hunting small game to help feed the family, and bringing the honey from his grandfather’s bees to nearby town events to sell for 20 cents a jar. When he was 15, he joined the Arkansas National Guard, which led to his enlisting in the Army at 18. This brought him here to Massachusetts, where he ultimately met his wife, Judith, at a soda fountain in Beverly.
After leaving the Army in 1976, the family moved to Plymouth and then Centerville. Curt worked at Otis Air Force Base as a helicopter mechanic with the Massachusetts National Guard.
After retiring, he kept working, enjoying his time at Anderson Hardware and Sears. Being the kind, people person he was, he also began volunteering at Cape Cod Hospital (where he began the recycling program) and Meals on Wheels. His love of aircraft and the sky stayed well into retirement, however, and he continued to enjoy flying, stunt piloting, and air shows. In his down time, he built dozens of beautiful model ships in his extensive wood working shop and became a competent golfer.
His greatest love besides his family came later in life when he began traveling the world to see beautiful and historic sights. He and Judith traveled to about 60 countries, bringing back stories and pictures of incredible people, animals, architecture, culture, and history. He shared these stories with his daughter Kelly and her children Caitlin and Matthew, and his son James, as well as anyone who would listen. His smile was infectious, giving him the ability to make friends everywhere he went, whether it was a different country or his favorite local restaurant. He would do anything for his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored to the ends of the earth. Besides his human family, he deeply loved his pets, most recently his dog Buddy (whom he took everywhere) and a surprising connection with Kelly’s cat, Lola.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 5-7pm at John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mill. A burial service will be held on Friday May 10 at 2:15pm at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his honor to Elder Services of Cape Cod Meals on Wheels, 68 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660.