William Earl Bright died July 30, 2007, at home. He was 72.
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Born Sept. 7, 1934, in Seattle, he was the son of Earl and Clara (Bach) Bright. He grew up in Juneau and Seattle.
He devoted much of his life working in the fishing industry in Alaska. When he was 15 years old, he went to work on the Penguin, a supply vessel for the Pribilofs. In 1950, he started working for False Pass cannery during the summer. He continued his career working at False Pass for nearly 50 years (minus four years in the U.S. Navy), finally retiring in 2001. He also was a U.S. postmaster. He was active in the Norwegian Commercial Club, Elks Club and various fisherman groups.
He enjoyed investing, horse racing and traveling, but most of all, he enjoyed people, his family said. He has touched the heart of everyone who knew him through his generosity and kind spirit. He was a beloved brother, uncle, friend and mentor who will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, they said.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Gehring and her husband, Ken, of Douglas; niece, Billie Jo Koerperich and her husband, Bob, of Douglas; nephew, Loren Gehring and his wife, Patricia, of Auke Bay; grandnieces, Bobbie Jo, Jackie, Cora, Bridget, Rayna and Lacie; and many cousins, friends and acquaintances.
Graveside services will be at noon Friday at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle. A celebration of life will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Sons of Norway in Ballard, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Norwegian Commercial Club Scholarship Fund, Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle, WA, 98107.