Richard Benjamin Bulkeley
July 23, 1929 – December 1, 2018
Richard Benjamin Bulkeley, age 89, life-time resident of Marblehead, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2018 at Devereux House, Marblehead. Dicky Ben was born in Boston on July 23, 1929, and was the second son of the late Warren and Madeline Bulkeley (Elliot).
He was the loving brother of Warrene Barr McCormick (deceased 1980), Peter E. Bulkeley of Marblehead (deceased 2003), Madeline E. (Betsy) Bulkeley of Marblehead (deceased 1997), Elliot Jon Bulkeley of Marblehead, and Wendy Lee Sadowski of Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
He graduated from Tilton School, Tilton, NH in 1949. He then enlisted in the Army, served state-side, and was discharged in 1952.
He worked locally as a landscape and gardening specialist, diligently pushing his rotary push mower, trimming bushes meticulously, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt all summer long. He was also an all-around handy-man for his neighbors on Pilgrim Road and loved being outside.
He loved his home on Pilgrim Road, maintaining and nurturing its upkeep for his family. But the large yard was still available to neighboring boys to have a quick game of baseball, with a wiffle-ball, of course. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting outside watching the birds, and the occasional visits of turkeys, rabbits, and squirrels.
He is the loving uncle of 5 nieces, 1 nephew, 7 great nieces and nephews, 16 great-great nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great-great nephew. They all have sweet memories of his quick wit, gentle spirit, and receiving birthday greetings from “Unk Dick”.
He had a wonderful sense of humor. The twinkle in Dick’s eye was shared with everyone, and was usually followed by a quick come-back that all could chuckle at. His wonderful dry sense of humor has kept all of us laughing for years.
A Celebration of Richard’s life will be held at his home in Marblehead on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1 to 3pm.
Richard Benjamin Bulkeley
December 6, 2018
Dickie Ben was handsome. He was kind. He could be funny with his almost wise guy dry humor and million dollar smile. He knew me nearly all my life. I was in the Resnek home at 28 Pilgrim Road. He was our personal landscaper for 40 years. He knew me when I was a kid riding my bicycle or playing ball on the street. He watched me grow-up. He saw me become an adult. We were always buddies, long after I left home and went out into the world. That was 1967, after I graduated from Marblehead High. He loved my father and my father felt the same way. My father always communicated with him. They enjoyed each other because there were never any questions between them - just the short talk and banter, and deep respect between two men for whom Pilgrim Road was their life. My late Mother loved Dickie because he was so goddamned Hollywood handsome. There was never a moment between them as neighbors for 40 years that my Mother failed to come away from talking with him to say: "God, is he handsome." Even after my parents sold the house on Pilgrim Road, I often came back and ran into him walking down the street or cutting someone's grass - and there was always the close bond between us. He always wanted to know what I was doing - and I would share with him where I was at, honestly, whether I was up or down. News that he has died tosses me into a fit of sadness because it is like a part of my life has just died. He was a good, good guy. Humble, quiet. strong. Never saw him out of sorts in a lifetime. Whatever he was thinking about all his life - well - he kept it to himself. I am very, very sorry to learn of Dickie's death. My condolences to EJ and the family.