Harold W. Bulman
Harold W. Bulman was born on July 9, 1935 to Annette Hamblin and Christopher Geoffrey Bulman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although his mother was born in Buenos Aires and his father in Barcelona, both parents and Harold always considered themselves British and were part of the large Anglo community in Buenos Aires. Harold attended bilingual primary schools followed by an all-Spanish high school and played cricket in local leagues with his older brothers Maurice and Derek. Harold graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1958 with a degree in public accounting.
In 1959, Harold was working for an accounting firm in Argentina and was asked to go to Arthur Young’s New York firm to learn their accounting practices. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1960, re-joined the Argentine firm of accountants and also served as Audit Manager for Arthur Young’s Argentine-based clients. In 1964, Harold immigrated to New York City and sought employment in accounting. He worked for Hunter-Douglas based in New York City and Montreal and served as the Western Hemisphere Controller. In 1965 he met Eva Joan Bunzel and married her on September 18, 1965 in New York City at Grace Episcopal Church. Their first daughter, Diana, was born in Manhattan in 1966, and the three moved to Montreal with Hunter Douglas in 1968, where his second daughter Linda was born in 1969. In 1972, the family finally settled in Westport, Connecticut, where Harold worked for Anaconda and later Standard Brands. At Standard Brands, Harold was Controller for Latin America where his knowledge of Spanish was an asset. Standard Brands later merged with Nabisco to form Nabisco Brands and later RJR Nabisco. Harold eventually retired as Chief Financial Officer for International Nabisco in 1990 after traveling the world for work, often accompanied by Eva. Harold and Eva also had a home in Plymouth, Vermont at the Hawk Mountain Resorts for many years and enjoyed spending the summers and fall there. Shortly after selling their Vermont condo, Harold and Eva decided to travel across the country, exploring about half the states while also looking for a place to retire. They settled on Savannah, Georgia and moved from Westport to Landings on Skidaway Island in 1994. They bought much that eventually became their home at 7 Westcross where they lived for over a decade. They spent summers in Boone, NC and Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, CA. California summers allowed them to spend time with Linda, her husband Patrick, and Linda’s two children, Laila and Ian. Times at Pajaro Dunes also included watching sunsets, strolling along the beach, sipping wine, and reading The New York Times and spy novels.
Long walks and classical music concerts continued when Harold and Eva moved into their home in Westcross, including visits to the Savannah Symphony, piano recitals at the Hilton Head, Telfair, the Passport Club, reading the newspapers on the radio for the blind and being Members of St Peter’s Episcopal Church. In 2014 they sold 7 Westcross and moved to the Marshes. Sadly, Eva died suddenly in 2015 and shortly thereafter they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Amelia Island with Diana and Linda. Harold continued to live in their apartment in the Marshes, eat his weekly dinner with “The Boys” (aka the Stag Group), drink Malbec, read the Sunday lessons at church, serve on the church endowment committee, and catalog the many concerts he attended with Eva or books he had read.
Harold is survived by daughter Linda, husband Patrick, grandchildren Ian, 15, and Laila, 19, of Oakland, California, and daughter Diana of Basalt, Colorado. Although his brothers Derek and Maurice and their spouses Thelma, Ethel and Cielo predeceased him, their children Marcelo, Mauricio (Fabian), Elsie and Brenda also survive him. Maria (Laida) Bunzel, an Argentine who was married to Eva’s brother Eric, also survives him.
Harold died of natural causes on 12/17/2022 and his funeral will be on January 28, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Gifts may be given in lieu of flowers in his memory at the Endowment Fund at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411.