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“Ernie was such a caring neighbor and parishioner, offering advice, kindness, and his help at Our Lady of Grace. His welcoming smile has made people...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Paula Elliott - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dad thank you for being the best husband, dad and grandfather ever! You always took the moments with us to teach me how to play softball, take us...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Beth Ericson - Annapolis, MD

“Deepest Sympathy to Clare and Family on the loss of a great guy! He was always gracious, welcoming and happy to share a story and a little glass of...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kathy and Mike Prentiss - PA

“Elizabeth and family, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. When you look up to the sky don't think of them as stars, think of them as porch...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Angela Escher - Murrysville, PA

“Thank you Papa for being a person to lean on in my life. It was never a dull time with you and you were always there to brighten our days and put a...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Katie Ericson - Annapolis, MD

“To my day one. To my best friend. To the man that could make anyone smile in a second. To my papa. The way you lived life changed my aspect on...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Sarah Ericson - Annapolis, MD

Ernest D. Brightman, 96, of Mt. Lebanon passed away peacefully on April 29, 2022. Loving husband of 65 years to Clare (Rosenberger) Brightman, proud father of Jeffry (Kathleen), Kent (Lori) and Elizabeth (Ken) Ericson, adoring grandfather of Kaitlyn, Katie, Kayla, Ryan, Blake, Sarah and Ava. He is also survived by his many cherished nieces and nephews, and preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ralph and sister, Rena.

Ernie served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II as a crew chief on the aircraft carrier USS Puget Sound with the 454 Torpedo Dive Bombing Squadron. His aircraft carrier was next to the USS Missouri, where Gen. Douglas MacArthur signed the peace treaty that ended the war. After serving in the Marines, Ernie spent 26 years at Allis-Chalmers, and later as an insurance agent for Monarch and New England Life and formed The Brightman Company providing insurance products. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends. Ernie will be missed because of his outgoing and warm personality.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 1 at Our Lady of Grace, 310 Kane Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 2900 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), Scott Twp.

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Queen of Heaven Cemetery

2900 Washington Road McMurray, PA 15317