Richard Louis "Dick" Bullock, 79, died Oct. 1, at his home in Middlebury.
Dick was born in Middlebury March 10, 1931. He was the son of Frank and Margaret (Smith) Bullock. He was graduated from Middlebury High School, class of 1949, where he lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He served in the United States Air Force.
Following his honorable discharge, as a Staff Sergeant in 1954; he returned home and began a career in the automotive parts business. He was a 56-year member and Past Commander of Middlebury American Legion Post 27. Dick has always been an avid supporter of high school athletics. Among his numerous accomplishments, too many to list, was his induction into the Middlebury Union High School "Hall of Fame" in 2002, in 2005 he received the STAR Award given by the Addison Central Supervisory Union and community business sponsors, for his contributions to excellence in the school community.
Dick had been on the committee that formed the MHS/MUHS Hall of Fame and served as its chairman for five years. Middlebury College also honored Dick's Community Outreach with its Citizen Medal in 2007. He was also presented the Seeley Reynolds Friend of Football Award in 2002, in appreciation for his dedication to Middlebury High School and High School football players, coaches and fans. Dick may be best known as the "Radio Voice of Tiger Football" providing commentary for over 33 years. Dick has always been an avid supporter of high school athletics and being involved in helping kids learn and grow through athletics; to quote Dick "It's pretty easy to devote yourself to something you really love". Dick was an ASA Umpire for over 40 years; in addition he was a Federation/High School softball umpire.
Umpiring numerous playoffs and Vermont State Championship Games gave him great pleasure. He valued the camaraderie and enjoyed watching players develop through the years. He was especially proud of his relationship with the Middlebury Union High School Girls Softball Team, and was truly grateful for their help at Legion events.