Clyde Bull Biography
Birth Date: 16 Aug, 09
Death Date: 21 Oct, 90
Only son, and eldest child, of Harold and Rhoda Bull, he and sisters Elizabeth & Beatrice attended school in the building that now serves as The Beaches Heritage Center. At age 13 he began spending his summers fishing on the Labrador aboard the Bull family schooner, Magic, and his winters at school, graduating with a High School Diploma and a course in Bookkeeping.
In 1939 he married Lydia Oldford, daughter of Sarah and Alphaeus Oldford, of Burnside and began a family that would eventually include two daughters, two grandsons, one granddaughter and ten great grandchildren.
During the Second World War, he worked as a carpenter at the Gander Air Base. From Gander, he was hired as a Scaler for the A.N.D Company, and continued with them (even after the Company was absorbed by Abitibi-Price) until his retirement in 1972.
During the late 1940's, Clyde and Lydia were one of ten families who decided to form the Atomic Buyers Club, the forerunner of todays Eastport Co-Operative Society. The club operated out of a small store in Clydes backyard and was affectionately known as 'The Grub Store'. The original building is currently Tommy Hallett's shed. When the current Co-Operative Building opened, Clyde and original Buyers Club co-founder Abner Penny, proudly cut the ribbon.
In the early 1950s, Clyde, along with Bert and Chesley Bull and Joseph Hobbs, bought their own generator and were among the first in Eastport to have electricity. The generator would run from dusk until 11:00pm daily, except on Mondays when it was turned on to accommodate electric washing machines. Clyde would also be one of the first to have running water, using a pump to bring it from Burton's Pond.
In 1963 he was elected to Council, and served one term that oversaw the implementation of the Agricultural Rural Development program that would become a springboard for much of Eastports recent heritage.
He was an active member of The Church Lads Brigade and Holy Cross Church, and while he never held any official office his contributions were invaluable.
When the Eastport Peninsula Credit Union was formed on August 12, 1985; Clyde and Lydia were the first to open an account. An account still held at the First Coastal Credit Union. Another shining example of Clyde's incredible foresight and progressive thinking.
Cylde Bull died on October 21, 1990. His wife Lydia remained active until shortly before her death in 2005.
SOURCES (not already listed):
Daughters Elizabeth and Joan Bert & Tamer Bullï¿½ First Coastal Credit Unionï¿½ Eastport Consumers Co-Op