Richard H.D. Bullock Jr. died peacefully Saturday morning, Sept. 17, 2022, at 8:15 a.m. in MDI Hospital, Bar Harbor, with his wife, Carol, and his brother Watson at his side. He suffered from advanced Parkinson’s disease and vascular dementia. During his last days, three generations of family and friends spent precious time at his bedside. So much love surrounded him. In the end, angels carried him home.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1940, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Richard H.D. Bullock Sr. and Antoinette B. Shallcross. His brother, Watson Shallcross Bullock, was born Feb. 4, 1945. The family lived at Skytop, Pa., and Swiftwater, Pa., where Rich attended Pocono Township Schools. Rich’s grandfather was John Griscom Bullock, a well-known photographer from the Photo-Secessionist movement that encouraged the recognition of photography as an art form. Taking inspiration from his grandfather, Rich had a particularly keen eye when he was behind a camera and built a personal darkroom as a teenager to practice his art. He was valedictorian of his high school class and was a U.S. representative page for Congressman Francis Walter, Democrat from Pennsylvania’s 15th District.
Rich graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree with distinction in mechanical engineering in 1962 and a master’s degree in 1965. He began his lifelong career in the paper industry with Scott and later Kimberly Clark. He had a hand in every step of the paper-making process, traveling around the world to consult with international partners and build a network of more efficient paper mills. He worked in Thailand for two years and during his career, he visited mills on six continents, where his expertise and gracious demeanor earned him the respect of his peers around the globe.
In 2004, he met Carol Eileen Woolman at her cousin’s wedding in Green Bay, Wis. They married in a Quaker ceremony on July 1, 2006, under the care of Acadia Friends Meeting in Bar Harbor with Carol’s seven grandchildren as attendants. They spent their honeymoon in China and Tibet. Carol’s family loved Rich from the start and he, them. He was a gentle, caring, generous and loveable man.
Rich and Carol enjoyed their homes in Bar Harbor and Greenwich, N.J., near Carol’s hometown of Elmer, and her extended family and friends came to know Rich and value his company. They treasured any time they spent with his brother Watson and sister-in-law Jane Kressler Bullock of Silver Spring, Md. Rich and Carol loved the natural world, particularly moon rises, birdwatching and photography. He was also an active member of Acadia Friends Meeting (Quakers), where he served in many positions of leadership. He lived his life to be of service to others.
Rich is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carol, his brother Watson, and sister-in-law Jane; stepdaughter, Lara Horner, and former husband Wayne Gray and their children Alicia, Olivia and Alex Gray; stepdaughter, Amy vanMeteren and partner Joel Graber, and Amy’s children: Helena Munson and Tzara Kane; stepson, Christian Horner and fiancée Alexondra Lee, and Christian’s daughters Jane and Ava Horner and their mother Alex Kapp. He was predeceased by his stepson Mark Horner in 1998 and his late wife Sandra Ruth Leaf in 2003.
A memorial service is planned under the care of Acadia Friends Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. His ashes will be interred at Laurelwood Cemetery, Stroudsburg, Pa., at a later date.
Gifts in his memory may be offered to the Jesup Library Building Campaign at 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or to Acadia Friends Meeting, c/o Dean Booher, Treasurer, 3 Shannon Way, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.