Bob Brighten

St. Andrew’s is saddened to announce the death of Bob Brighten

Join us in remembering and honoring Bob's life and

supporting Lois and the family in thier loss.

1:30pm, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at St. Andrew’s


Celebrating the life of
Joseph Robert Brighten

July 25, 1948  ~ May 17, 2015


We little knew that morning God was to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.

For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.



Bob Brighten

Joseph Robert "Bob" Brighten was born in Long Beach, CA and was the only child of Walt and Fran Lewis.  He passed suddenly of a massive heart attack on May 17, 2015, at the age of 66.  He is now with his heavenly father.

He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Accounting and became a CPA, specializing in tax accounting.  He loved the complex tax code and finding ways to help people save money. He even married his wife of 37 years, Lois, on December 30th, 1977, with less than 30 days notice for tax purposes!  Bob almost didn't get to attend the birth of his daughter, Cambria, because if she had been born two days earlier, it would have been April 15th "Tax day".

Bob's love of nature extended his whole life.  As a youth he loved to surf and ski.  He often would go hiking for days on end, and loved to just sit and stare at nature's beauty.  He also was active in many environmental causes, such as saving the Redwood forest and promoting renewable resources including organic gardening and solar power.

He was a caring and generous man who strongly believed in giving back to his community, although often anonymously.  At 19, he went on a 2 week mission to the South Pacific including building a school dorm.  He often volunteered at the local food bank, and donated food, toys, and money to charities. Bob was also an active member of his church.

Bob was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge of religions, history, culture, and spiritual beliefs.  He could easily read for hours a day. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Brighten, daughter Cambria Allen, son-in-law Austin Allen, and grandchildren Logan and Genevieve.


In Loving Memory of

Bob Brighten

June 6, 2015



Welcome & Prayer                                                                         Rev. Melissa Ramming

Poem                                            ‘Gates of Prayer’ -                   from Reform Judaism Prayer Book

Hymn                                           “I’ll Fly Away”                            Black Hymnal #2282

Scripture                                       Matthew 5: 1-12

 Homily                                                                                              Pastor Melissa

Hymn                                           “On Eagle’s Wings”                    On Screen

Remembrances of Bob                                                                  A Time for Sharing 

(We will be passing the microphone to any who would offer a remembrance or word about Bob. Please hold the microphone close to your lips.)

Prayer of Commendation

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who   trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Poem                                                         ‘I’m Free’

Hymn                                        “You Are My Sunshine”                                     On Screen



Please join us for a reception following the service.

*Thank you to our pianist - Paul Duncan

Bob would often write notes to himself on 3x5 cards. In his remembrance, we have included  3x5 cards for you to write memories of Bob to be shared with the family.

*Please place cards in basket on table by door of the sanctuary.




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