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NORTH ANDOVER- James L. Bright, 88, of North Andover passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Jim was born December 11, 1929 in Massena, NY the son of Kathleen (Berry) Bright and Herbert Bright. He graduated in 1948 from Massena High School, and then attended Harvard College and graduated from Stanford University in 1952. Jim was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and served in the Korean Conflict on the USS Essex. Jim later earned a masters degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan and worked as a forest ranger for the US Forest Service in Colorado before moving to Massachusetts where he worked for many years in publishing and as an author.
Jim loved the outdoors and spent the warmer months immersed in his garden, returning to the house with armloads of vegetables. He enjoyed bird watching and playing tennis, and was a talented photographer. ?In his later years he enjoyed meditation and Japanese flower arranging.
Jim cherished his family, especially his loving wife of 57 years, Susan, and his children, Susie, Patricia and her husband Paul, Robert and his wife, Angela, and Diane. His 5 grandchildren were the light of his life: Helen, Paul, Evy, Ivan, and Hannah.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours from be 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 18th and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19 at Conte Funeral Home at 17 Third St., North Andover, MA 01845. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. Donations may be made in his name to Lazarus House, PO Box 408, Lawrence, MA 01842, info@lazarushouse.org or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 For online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 16, 2018
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