Colin D. Bull Biography
Birth Date: 02 Apr, 20
Death Date: 23 Feb, 88
EASTPORT COMMUNITY COUNCILï¿½ Chairman: 1969-1971; Secretary/Clerk: 1963-1966, 1968
First elected in 1961 (2nd Council), Bull was re-elected in 1963, 1965, 1968 and served as Secretary for all 3 terms. In 1969, 1970 and 1971, he was elected Chairman and was instrumental in the formation of the Eastport Peninsula Volunteer Fire Department. In 1972, Bull concluded his distinguished municipal career as a Councillor on the last Community Council elected prior to the Community being designated as a Town.
Born @ Salvage, April 2, 1920; the only son of George Baxter [1893-1970] and Anastasia (near Farwell) [1896-1995], he was barely two years old when the family moved to Eastport. Bull completed the highest level of education available in the two room school at Eastport, and continued his education at the Government Demonstration Farm in Mount Pearl. He entered the Truro Agricultural College in Nova Scotia and returned to the Demonstration farm after successfully completing his studies at that institute. In 1988 he was nominated, and posthumously inducted, to the Atlantic Canada Agricultural Hall of Fame.
On April 12, 1950; he married Doris Ralph, of Glovertown and the couple moved to Eastport where they would raise a family of three daughters and two sons.
During the early years, Bull often worked as an accountant at Indian Bay during the winter but his life’s interest was agriculture and his first venture was the cultivation of root crops. For many years, he operated a successful poultry operation before turning his interests to hog production. The latter resulting in a sophisticated multiplier hog operation, furnishing pork products in agreement with Nfld Farm Products. With 5000 piglets being bred annually, the operation also provided quality breeding stock for other farmers and housed 2200 animals at the time of Bulls death in 1988.
Always an ardent supporter of farm organizations, Bull served as a member of the Newfoundland Egg and Hog Marketing Boards, Commissioner of the Farm Credit Appeals Board, Director of the Agricultural Exhibition and member of the local Agricultural Association. But it wasn't only in Agriculture that Bull left an indelible impression.
At age 19 he became Church Warden and would eventually serve on the Parish Council and the Select Vestry. He was actively involved with the Church Lads Brigade (CLB) in both St. Johns and Eastport and was a leader in a wide variety of local organizations including the Cooperative Society, School Board, Rural Development, Recreation Committee, Lions Club, the Interfaith Foundation and the Credit Union.
While Bulls civic accomplishments were many, it is his dedication to education and youth that is perhaps his most lasting legacy. His vision of a centralized school system resulted in Holy Cross becoming the first centralized high school in the province and it has served as a model that has often been repeated but seldom equalled. It was most fitting that a Memorial Scholarship was awarded (1988-1998) to the Holy Cross Graduate who "demonstrated dedication and hard work". Two attributes that served Bull well.
Penn n Paper - May 1988 A People of the Sea and the Soil: Bruce Hynes, Ed.