Thomas Gordon Bullard passed away on December 1, 2010 at the age of 95. He was born in Flint, Michigan on Christmas Day, 1914 and moved to California in 1935. Tom grew up in a family that devoted their time to the service of the Salvation Army. In 1939, Tom began his career as a Flight Test Supervisor for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, where he was treasurer of the “Overseas Group”, was a member of the “Lockheed Starlight Bowling League,” and remained for 36 years. In 1942, Tom agreed to serve his country overseas as a civilian technician attached the 8th Air Force in Northern Ireland and later in Chelmsford, England. At that time he was in-charge of a “mobile repair unit” that repaired damaged B-17 bombers returning from missions over Germany. During the “Battle of Britain,” Tom was stationed in Norwich, England where the Lockheed Overseas office had been bombed during the Blitz of 1943. Tom married Cleona Mae Irish in 1945, and together they raised three children. They were married for 42 years before her passing in 1987. Tom married Katherine Bishop in 1988, and they had 22 years together before passing.
Tom lived in Glendale for years and was actively involved with Glendale Kiwanis. He was a member of Grandview Presbyterian Church where he served on the “Lord’s Kitchen,” and belonged to the “Masters Men’s Group”. He loved the music the Slavation Army and the Armed Forces Bands and attended many of their concerts. Tom and his wife, Katherine, moved to Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury, where they made many friends over the last ten years and served on several committees. His legacy was a family man who thoroughly instilled family values, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Tom’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service at Grandview Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in his name. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, his three children, Jeanette Dwyer, Kathleen Dely and Thomas Bullard, along with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be interred at Glenhaven Memorial Park in Sylmar, California.