Please meet at Quantico National Cemetery, Lane D at 10:30am on Thursday, 5/16/19.

George Elmer Bright

June 15, 1946May 5, 2019

Colonel George E. Bright, USA, Retired, age 72, of Springfield, VA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

George was born in Baltimore, MD on June 15, 1946, son of the late Helen and George Bright. He is survived by his wife, Leonora Bright, daughter Danielle Schoolcraft and son-in-law Jeffrey Schoolcraft, son Christopher Bright and daughter-in-law Kelly Bright, granddaughters Keira Schoolcraft, Kaylin Schoolcraft, Ashlyn Bright, Addison Bright and Ella Bright, brother Geoffrey Bright, sister Valerie Mentzer, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Bel Air High School, George joined the United States Army, served in the Vietnam War, met his wife at the University of Tampa, and married a year later. Throughout their 46 years of marriage, they grew their family together while George honorably served his country for 28 years, calling Japan, Italy, Germany and multiple parts of the U.S. home. After retiring as a Colonel from the military, he worked for the Sytex Group until 2007.

A Maryland native at heart, George loved rooting for the Orioles, exploring new places, supporting his community, engaging in heated political debates and spoiling his grandchildren. He could be found cheering from the sidelines at his granddaughters’ swim meets, soccer games, dance recitals, school musicals and orchestra performances.

His generosity, warm heart and love for both his family and country will be sorely missed, and the void he leaves behind cannot be filled.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Quantico National Cemetery on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at The Clubs of Quantico.

The family is asking for donations in lieu of flowers for the wonderful, supportive and caring people at Good Samaritan Hospital and Buffalo County’s Sheriff Department. For more information, please visit https://www.chihealth.com/good-samaritan/about-us/good-samaritan-foundation.html and https://www.shield616.org/donate (Choose Peace Officer, "Any" for the Officer name, Kearney PD, Nebraska)


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 16, 2019


George Elmer Bright

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Richard Tracey

May 14, 2019

I remained friends with George from high school on. We attended some college together and worked summer jobs together. I was fortunate to have George as an usher in my wedding and I was fortunate to attend his and Lee’s wedding in New York. My many great adventures and wonderful times with George will never be forgotten. George had a great sense of humor and on May 4 he got the last good dig at me which I will forever remember. He will remain a special friend forever. Rest In Peace George

Sandra Westervelt

May 9, 2019

I met George through mutual friends from Bel Air High School and we shared many fun times together. A few years ago I was pleased to find that he was on Facebook. We reconnected after more than fifty years and soon became 'friends'. I so enjoyed following the family adventures that were posted and we sometimes exchanged comments. I am very sorry about your loss. I'm sure George will be missed. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. George was a very kind and nice young man, so easy to be around with a ready smile and always up for an adventure. God be with you as you face this loss. Your are a beautiful family. God Bless.

Jim Catron

May 9, 2019

I have not seen George since high school but with modern technology we have communicated on face book. He was a friend to all in high school and always had a kind word to say to and about all. Prayers and sympathy to his lovely family. He will be missed by all.

Bill Doyle

May 8, 2019

It was a distinct pleasure to know and to work alongside George for ten years. Not just because he was a fellow Baltimorean, but that helped. We met at SYTEX. We found out that my neighborhood friends were his cousins. We discovered that we both worked at the same McDonalds in different years. Knowledgeable and possessing a cheerful sense of humor and memorable laugh, he enlivened our work for clients as well as our internal business meetings. He was an honorable Veteran and an honored co-worker. Lee and family, please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

Gerald Braun

May 8, 2019

I worked with George for 7 years (2001-2007); he was a respected manager and a great mentor; his strength was his ability to work through many very complex tasks in support of soldiers and the US Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir.

George thrived on details and got us to think outside the box. After we both left full time employment, we maintained contact and enjoyed talking about politics, travel, investments, and most important, family. I'll miss catching up with him on his birthday June 15 when every year we talked about his most recent travels out West.

Don Stephen

May 8, 2019

Many fond memories of attending Bel Air High School with George and socializing (partying) with him in and around Bel Air. Very sorry to hear of his passing, he was a good friend and great guy.