The family of Ralph Bright is sad to announce that he passed away suddenly, but peacefully, of natural causes, on April 30, 2016 at age 85. Ralph was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up traveling throughout California while picking fruit with his family. He attended Corning High School, where he played football and made life long friendships. After high school, Ralph served in the Navy from 1951 through 1955 with duty stations in Alameda and Fallon, Nevada. He was a radioman on the USS Hancock, Attack Carrier CVA-19, Pacific Fleet and the USS Salisbury Sound, AV-13, flagship of the Seventh Fleet in the South China Sea. Ralph was a life member of VFW Post 3237, Cotati-Rohnert Park. After serving his country, Ralph became an educator, a career which spanned 39 years. He was an elementary teacher at McNear School in Petaluma and a teacher and counselor in the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District. He was also very active as a coach for Little League. He coached basketball at Rohnert Park Middle School and coached football at Rancho Cotate High School. In addition to coaching, Ralph umpired and refereed many sports throughout his years. Ralph leaves behind his wife, Judy Bright and son, Tim Bright and granddaughters, Amy Bright and Marissa Bright. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Bright. Ralph will be buried on June 14, 2016 at the cemetery in Corning, California. A memorial service, with potluck finger foods, will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 28th at the Veterans Building in Cotati, 8505 Park Ave., Cotati, (along Old Redwood Highway). We would love to have people come share their memories of Ralph. He touched the hearts of so many with his compassion and sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, donations to athletics at Rancho Cotate High School would be appreciated.
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