Obituaries

Obituaries

Doris Bullard

Doris Bullard

1/6/2017 10:18:55 AM

Doris Katrina Bullard was born to Kathleen Beatrice Newbold Bain and Joseph Hall in Nassau on September 27, 1917.  She was baptized at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church where she worshipped until she moved to reside with her mother in Bain Town, eventually becoming a member of nearby St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. She was educated at Sands School and the Eastern Senior School.

Upon leaving school Doris was employed as a salesgirl in a hat shop owned by Miss Lilly Dupuch.  Not long thereafter Miss Dupuch died, and the business eventually closed.  Doris was later urged by Mrs. Naomi Pyfrom, the sister of the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, to interview for a job at the Nassau Daily Tribune (since changed to THE TRIBUNE).  She subsequently got the job and would remain at the Tribune for 53 years, working in various departments of the newspaper’s operations until she retired at the age of 80 years.  Doris often spoke of her career at the Tribune as both enjoyable and rewarding.  She cherished her relationship with its editor Sir Etienne Dupuch, his wife Lady Marie Dupuch, their children and other family members. The bond between the Dupuch family and Doris Bullard lasted well beyond her retirement and through to her death.

Doris was a steadfast Roman Catholic and a faithful parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church. Among many other ministries, she served on the Parish Council for a number of years and helped establish the Ladies Auxiliary, of which she was Vice-Chair for a while.  She was a standout fashion model and amateur actress for the annual Ladies Auxiliary fundraising shows, chaired the bazaar committee for some time, led efforts to feed the hungry and assist the poor, and served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.  Doris loved the people of St. Joseph’s Parish and her involvement with that church community spoke volumes about her dedication to them.

Doris was married to Vernon Bullard for 49 years. He predeceased her in July 2007. One of her happiest moments was when Vernon chose to embrace the Catholic faith after 35 years of marriage.  Theirs was an evident and special love which they expressed by nurturing and caring for each other and for family members. Although she had no biological children, Doris was mother to two of her sister’s children -  Patricia Miller Coakley and Peter Humes.  She also had a special affection for her sister’s other two children -  Pamela Thompson and Fred McKinney. For Doris Bullard family life was both a joy and a responsibility. She truly was “Auntie” to her nieces and nephews, their children, and the endless procession of friends and associates they brought into her life. She enjoyed wonderful relationships with them all.

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