Joseph Gerard Bulik

August 17, 1944April 14, 2021

Joseph Gerard Bulik, 76, passed away at his home in Bradenton, Florida, on April 14, 2021.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Judith Ann Hayward Bulik. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Frederick Bulik and Catherine Matilda McNamara Bulik, and was the oldest of 4 siblings. Joe is survived by his sisters Mary Anne Humpel (Barry) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Kathleen Johnson (Peter) of Marietta, Georgia, and Nancy Collins (Gerald) of Birmingham, Alabama. He leaves behind a lasting legacy in his 6 children, Christine Kelly (Paul), Lisa Iberson (Peter), Donna Lippman (Matthew), Janice Budreau (Leslie), James Budreau (Heather), Jay Budreau (Jennifer), 12 grandchildren (Parks and Brooke Kelly, Evan and Cassandra Iberson, Noah and Jacob Lippman, Trey and Peyton Budreau, Bryan Fields (Rondessa), Jacqueline Johnson, Tarrah Arthur (Brad), Caroline Broughman (James), 5 great-grandchildren (Madison Fields, Addison and Dawson Arthur, Auri and Tripp Broughman), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Joe was born on August 17, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to St. Petersburg with his family at the age of 14. After graduating from Bishop Barry High School in 1962, he began a successful career as a tool and die maker, managing a plant in Clearwater, Florida before leading the construction and opening of a plant in Cochin, India. He resettled in Kernersville, North Carolina, after returning from India, where he enjoyed the changing seasons, golf, and area wineries. After retiring, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, cooking, and golf. He was a meticulous craftsman, and many of his wood-workings are enjoyed in the homes of his friends and family. He loved to travel, especially to family special occasions and celebrations, which earned him the nickname of “The Road Warrior”. He was truly a family man.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 10:00 am, at The Church of St. Patrick, 7900 Bee Ridge Road, also in Sarasota. A luncheon will follow the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ALS Association ( or to Tidewell Hospice (


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Kristen Zabalavicius

May 11, 2021

On behalf of the Vance High School Physical Education Department, we express our deepest condolences. Coach Budreau and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. 🧡💙

Cassandra Iberson

May 4, 2021

I have nothing but the purest and most joyful memories with Grandpa Joe. He was loving, fun and a jokester. He played a special role in my childhood and offered nothing but love and support as I grew up. I will forever cherish our adventures and the wonderful memories I have. He will always hold a place in my heart and I miss him so dearly. Love you all the world Gramps

Pamela Humpel

April 30, 2021

I will always remember uncle Joe as the life of the party! Whenever we were together for holidays, whether it be Christmas in Georgia, Rosemary Beach for Pop’s 80th birthday, family weddings or Thanksgiving at Granny’s, he was the one we looked to for a good laugh. His performance of “Goodbye Earl” will go down in history as the best rendition ever. His smile was infectious and his pride in his family immeasurable. He made those around him feel loved and appreciated. Goodbye Uncle Joe. Your warm heart and generous soul will always be remembered. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Nancy Collins

April 23, 2021

So hard to believe you are gone. What 14 year old boy has a baby sister that he adored. My memories of a little girl are of a brother who took her everywhere and taught her to fish, took her on pic nics, and had her at his house when he had children of his own. I love you sweet brother and I thank you for all the love you showed me. Until we meet again. XOXO

Bernie & Susie Corrette

April 23, 2021

Joe was our Brother-In-Law but Joe was so much more.. Knowing Joe for over 30 years has been a blessing for us and incredible loving Uncle to our children.. Whenever we were with Joe & Judy he always wanted to do something fun, take us to new places, looking forward to our Happy Hour with wine and great conversation., then cook one of his specialties. Joe you will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.. We Love you Joey, Bernie & Susie

Margie Urban

April 23, 2021

Rest in Peace, Joe.

Peter Iberson

April 23, 2021

Joe was my Father in law. I never called him Father or Dad just Joe but I loved like he was my Dad always in my thoughts love you Joe. Pete

Barbara Gottschalk

April 23, 2021

Joe was my cousin(my father, Richard was the youngest of 6 and his father Joe was the oldest of 6). He hosted my daughter and me on our road trip to Austin in the summer of 2013. There I got to experience his hospitality and see his woodworking talents. He will be missed very much,
Barbara Bulik Gottschalk & Allan Gottschalk