Richard Norwood ‘Dick’ Brightman


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Richard Norwood “Dick” Brightman, 76 of Charlottesville, Va., passed peacefully surrounded by his family on March 11, 2017.

Born June 6, 1940 he was a devoted family man and good friend to many in the area. He will always be remembered for his selflessness, work ethic, and most of all his humor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Ann Brightman; children Steven Brightman (Renee) and Kathleen Gragg (Adam) three grandchildren Mathew Brightman (19), Nathan Gragg (12), and Gabriel Gragg (5); Brother Tom Sarasien (Vickie); and his nephew Michael Sarasien.

Dick was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and raised in Marquette, Mich., by his loving parents Margaret and Clarence Sarasien who proceeded him in death.

He was an avid hockey player, playing into his thirties, and was a fan of the game all of his life. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force for four years and the Reserves for another nine. In 1963, Dick began a long career in banking, retiring in 1995 from Bank of America. Dick was an active member of Bank Administration Institute (BAI) serving on the leadership team for many years. Dick was an active member of the fraternal organizations of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 389. He dedicated a lot of his time to the brotherhood of both organizations. Dick enjoyed golf, spending time at the lake on his pontoon boat, playing Cribbage, pool, cooking, and spending time with family and good friends.

The family would like to thank all of his friends and neighbors for their support. We would also like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and the support staff of University of Virginia Hospital, the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, and the Hospice of the Piedmont for their truly caring and excellent care of Dick through this long fight.

A family night will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at The Elks Club #389, 389 Elk Drive in Charlottesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Virginia Elks Youth Camp, VEYC Treasure 602 Whitcover Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22901. This is a camp special to Dick, which he spent many years supporting.

Condolences may be sent to his family at www.hillandwood.com.