Hamilton Wallace Bullard of Rye Brook, N.Y., died September 1, 2023, after fighting a valiant battle with the physical ravages of alcohol. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Whitney Pickering Bullard, and his two adored children, Winslow Butterfield Bullard and Taggart Pickering Bullard. He is also survived by his father, Roger Clifton Bullard; his five siblings: Stapley Russell (Chris), Josephine, Gray, Charles, and John Bullard; and his wife’s parents, Fred and Linnie Pickering. He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine Edwards Bullard.
Born and raised in Greenwich, Conn., he attended Greenwich Country Day School, the Fessenden School, and Groton School, class of 1985. While at Groton, he discovered a talent in fine woodworking and received recognition for his block front desk and highboy. In 1989, he graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. His summers included working at the Champion International paper mill in Montana, and as a jackaroo, mustering sheep and cattle on his cousin’s station in New South Wales, Australia.
After college, he embarked on a 13-year career in corporate banking, working for Manufacturers Hanover Trust, UBS, and National Australia Bank. He then became a stay-at-home dad.
His wife and children were the lights of his life and his singular focus. For years he coached Little League Baseball. Each year he looked forward to happy summers at the family cottage overlooking the wide expanse and sunsets of Lake Ontario. On the very morning of his last day, he made coffee for his wife, as was his habit every day of their long marriage.
“Ham was a kind, caring, and sensitive soul,” said his family. “Rest in peace, sweet Hammie.”
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m. at Christ’s Church in Rye. His remains will be interred next to his mother, Josephine Bullard, in the family plot at St. Barnabas Church in Greenwich, Conn.
A bench will be installed in Ham Bullard’s memory at Crawford Park in Rye Brook, where he spent many happy years taking his children to the playground, walking the paths.