Born October 17, 1920, in Jamaica Plain, Mass., he was the youngest son of Elizabeth Freeman and George B. Bullock. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles Carpenter and Thomas Brenton Bullock.
Mr. Bullock summered in Little Compton all his life and that is where he met the love of his life Marjorie Wellman when each was 16 years old. They married May 1, 1942, a marriage lasting over 70 years until Marjorie’s death in 2013. Bill grew up in Waban, Mass., and graduated from Newton High School in 1938. He attended Brown University, class of 1942, and served in the U.S. Navy as a signalman during World War II.
Bill went on to become a leading international wool buyer, director, and vice president for Nichols & Company which later became Wellman, Inc.
He established a renowned group of wool buyers from the midwest to the southwest and west coast.
In 1947 he traveled to South America on a Pan America DC4 that took 57 hours from New York to Montevideo, Uruguay.
Business travels took him also to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Europe. After 40 years in the textile business, Mr. Bullock and his wife settled in Jupiter Hills, Florida. At this time Bill and Marje began to earnestly and joyfully travel the globe together.
Bill loved golf and was a member of the United States Senior Golf Association for over 50 years. He was a member of the Sakonnet Golf Club for over 70 years and maintained membership for many years at the Everglades Club, Seminole Golf Club, the Palm Beach Yacht Club, Jupiter Hills, the Agawam Hunt Club, and the Society of Colonial Wars. Bill greatly enjoyed playing many courses in and around Rhode Island with his good friends as part of the “Bengels” group. Bill was engaged in many generous philanthropic projects throughout his life.
He is survived by his son, William G. Bullock and wife Pam, of Florence, SC; daughters Marjorie R. Bullock and wife Nina S. Harrison of Provincetown, Mass., and Monterey, Calif.; and Elizabeth W. Bullock and husband Stephen M. Jordan of Little Compton; three grandchildren, Jason Nathaniel Cobb, son of daughter Elizabeth, deceased at age 6 in 1975; William G. Bullock Jr., and wife Dixie of Charleston, SC; and Rebecca M. Rubin and husband Kenneth P. of Rehoboth, Mass. He also leaves four great grandchildren, Jade, Iris, and George B Bullock III of Charleston, SC, and Alexander W. Rubin of Rehoboth, Mass. The family would also like to express their deepest gratitude to Barbara Turnipseed for her 30-plus years of dedicated help, assistance, and support. The family would further like to thank Bill’s wonderful health team.
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Bill Bullock will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. in the United Congregational Church, The Commons, Little Compton. Relatives and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, it would be gratefully appreciated if donations were made in Bill’s memory to The Bullock Fellowship, Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1525, Boston, MA 02114, Friends of Little Compton Wellness Center, Post Office Box 171, Little Compton, RI 02837, or United Congregational Church of Little Compton, Post Office Box 506, Little Compton, RI 02837. Burial private. For tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com