Donald N Brightman

Passed away on March 11, 2018

Donald N. Brightman, 79, of Newton Centre and Hull, Massachusetts, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts died after a brief illness on Sunday, March 11, 2018. For 56 years, the beloved husband of Louise (Weiler) also of Brookline. Devoted father of Jill Robyn Griffin (Brightman), Heath “Hank” J. Brightman, and Ross Edward Brightman, and father-in-law of Lori Brightman (Mann). Adored grandfather of Nolan Robert Griffin and Declan Bryce Griffin. Dear brother of the late Shepard Alan Brightman, Saul J. Brightman, and brother-in-law of Arline Brightman. Dog Dad to Butterscotch (poodle) and Beatrix Ruth (shi-tzu). A professional educator for more than 30 years, Don held positions ranging from teacher to principal in several Massachusetts public school systems, the longest of which was Weymouth, where he served as an elementary school principal for more than 20 years. Don had a second career as a realtor in residential properties. He was a dedicated Master Mason in several lodges, who served as Past Master of United Lodge. A proud Alumni of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Class of 1960) and former U.S. Army Officer during the 1960s, he maintained close friendships with both UMass classmates and Army buddies throughout his life. His greatest loves were reading, enjoying time on the beach in Nantasket, European travel, and spending time with his wife, grandsons, and dogs. Services will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston (parking along the Riverway) on Thursday, March 15 at Noon. Burial will follow at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, 350 Grove St., West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 15, 2018

Donald N Brightman

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Nathan Tardiff

March 28, 2018

Dear Louise & Family,

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts.

With sincere condolences,

Annalee, Tim & Zachary Tardiff

March 14, 2018


We were so sorry to read about Don. He was such a warm and caring person.

Know that you are in our thoughts.

Warm regards,
Annalee, Tim & Zack Tardiff