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Plaque at Westgate Manor dedicated in Bright's memory

| Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

MONESSEN - Sometimes, the best way to gauge how much of an impression you make in your lifetime is by how the people you touch daily feel about you.

Well, judging from what the residents did at Westgate Manor Tuesday, Roscoe Bright was a much appreciated individual.

Bright, who worked for 35 years for the Westmoreland County Housing Authority and served as maintenance supervisor, died on Sept. 9.

One of his jobs as maintenance supervisor was to oversee the Westgate Manor on Donner Avenue.

Apparently, Bright did more than have a professional relationship with the residents there. He was a genuine friend.

On Tuesday, the residents and associates of the building dedicated a plaque in Bright's honor.

On hand for the brief, yet poignant ceremony, were his widow, Gloria, and brother, Leroy, along with numerous residents and WCHA staff members.

"We all consider ourselves lucky to have known Roscoe for so many years," said resident Audrey Cunningham. "He was a dear, dear friend to all of us."

Cunningham said everyone in the high-rise donated for the purchase of the handsome plaque, which will hang in the lobby of the building.

"When we enter the building, that's the first thing we'll see," Cunningham said of the plaque. "And it's hanging on the right side (of the elevators) because he was the right hand man."

Leroy Bright, who also works for the county housing authority, said the family was not surprised at what the residents did.

"No, not at all," Leroy Bright said. "These are very special people here. And Roscoe was special to them."

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