Donald Eldridge Bullock, 97, of Cape Coral sailed to God's safe harbor Monday, July 1, 2013. He was the fourth child of Arthur Ernest and Ruth Eldridge Bullock. As a teen, he worked with his father on his paternal grandfather's cranberry bog and learned a love of the sea from his maternal grandfather. He graduated from Taunton (Mass.) High School and worked his way through Suffolk Law School by playing saxophone in dance bands. On July 7, 1938, he married Natalie May Curtis. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of Social Harmony Masonic Lodge in Wareham. From 1947 until 1979, Don, Nat and their daughter lived in Scituate, Mass. They enjoyed sailing their catboat (with no motor) along the Atlantic coast and camping, canoeing and spending time with family on Cape Cod. They were active members of the Congregational Church, served on the advisory board of Rainbow Girls Assembly #77 and acted in plays with the Scituate Dramateurs. He also directed and wrote some plays and continued to play sax with dance bands and in the Scituate Town Band. For over 30 years, he was employed by Pneumatic Scale Corp. in Quincy, Mass., and was head of their patent department.
Don and Nat spent their summers on the shores of Rangeley Lake (Maine) and retired to Cape Coral in 1979 where they enjoyed golf at the Cape Coral Executive Golf Club and bridge. For their 50th wedding anniversary, they snorkeled in Maui and for their 57th anniversary, they exchanged new kayaks. Natalie passed away in 1998. Don continued to enjoy golf and time in Maine, but has been looking forward to this reunion.
In addition to his beloved wife, Don was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Marion Rhodes of Sarasota, Fla., and Louise Warburton of Taunton, Mass.; and one brother, Cyrus F. Bullock II of Wareham, Mass.; also two nephews, Cyrus F. Bullock III, an international reporter, and Richard Warburton of Sonoma, Calif.
Donald Eldridge Bullock
Mr. Bullock leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Natalie "Lee" (John) Silver and two granddaughters, Heather O'Connell of Cape Coral and Jennifer Silver Adamson (Scott)of Dallas, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Kayleigh O'Connell; two great-grandsons, Doran and Logan Adamson; also Penny Louise Warburton Murray (Paul) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Eldridge and Curtis, cousins.
He will be greatly missed for his love and humor by friends from Maine to Florida. Memorial gifts may be made to Hope Hospice of Cape Coral, Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral or the American Heart Association.
No services are planned at this time.