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Jack Robert Bulk

Jack Robert Bulk, 24, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away suddenly on January 17, 2023.

He was a 2016 graduate of Wilmington Friends School (WFS), where he was a “lifer.” WFS afforded him the life-changing opportunity to do a junior year abroad in France with School Year Abroad (SYA). Where his Quaker education grounded him in critical thinking, community service, and meaningful friendships, his SYA experience gave him a taste for all that the world may offer. His decision to attend New York University in Abu Dhabi was a logical choice. He earned a BA in Economics/ Finance in 2020. While in the Middle East Jack forged close friendships with fellow students from all over the world, particularly his best mate from Australia. His adventures took him to India, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Oman, and numerous other countries. One of his favorite things to do in Abu Dhabi was camp in the desert with his Emirati friends.

Upon his return to the US during the pandemic he decided to work as a classroom facilitator at Wilmington Friends School. This led him to confirm his love for working with children. He served as a middle school Math teacher at Stem Civics Charter Academy in Trenton, NJ. He worked hard to minimize pandemic learning loss and to instill good citizenship and a love of learning in his students.

Scouting was an important part of Jack’s life, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 29 in Hockessin. He served many leadership roles, often working to educate the younger troops in Scout craft, and foreshadowing his profession as a teacher. Thanks to Troop 29 he relished high adventure trips to Philmont Ranch, NM, Adirondak high peaks, and long wilderness canoe trips.

Friends and family remember his affable nature, kindness, quick wit, and brilliant smile. He truly took to heart the importance of being trustworthy and true to oneself. He was a loyal friend, and a loving son and brother.

He is survived by his mother, Bradey Bulk, brother Toby, grandmother Terrie, uncle Max (Houston, TX) and his wife Heather, cousins Emma and Will, and Augie Doggie, and best friend Ryan Wood and the Wood family.

Funeral Services

A memorial Meeting for Worship will be held on Saturday, February 4 at Wilmington Friends School Lower School Meeting Room. The family will receive guests from 10-11 and the Meeting will be from 11-12.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a donation to BSA Scouts Troop 29 ( / RCCPC 500 McKennans Church Rd, Hockessin, De 19808) or to STEM Civics Middle School (


    Ryan Wood lit a candle and writes,
    I am beyond sorry. Jack is the best friend I could have possibly ever had. I am fortunate to have decades of memories with him, like our amazing summer out in Colorado. I could always count on Jack for anything; there has never been a truer and more loyal friend. Love to the Bulk family-I would do anything for you all. He will be missed but never forgotten
    01/21/2023 11:40 am
    Ruth Wood writes,
    What a beautiful synopsis of the life of a beautiful man. To know Jack was to love him. His gentle, quiet presence with his beaming smile will be in my heart forever.
    01/21/2023 11:59 am
    Noreen Haubert writes,
    Dear Bradey, Toby and family, We are so saddened to learn of the sudden and devastating loss of your son and brother, Jack. We will always remember Jack as a smiling, kind young man, who was tremendously courageous in taking on new adventures. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Fondly, Noreen Haubert
    01/21/2023 01:37 pm
    Catherine Curran writes,
    To the Bulk family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that the entire WFS community is holding your family in the light at this difficult time.
    01/22/2023 02:25 pm
    Richard Metzler writes,
    Dear Brady,Terrie, and Max, I was shocked to hear of the death of Jack and deeply saddened for your family. As a father myself, I can barely imagine the agony your family must be feeling. His picture says it all: radiant, full of life, and ready to accept any challenge. What a loss for the world and you all. I know peace will ultimately prevail. Dick Metzler
    01/22/2023 03:41 pm
    Lynne Nathan lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bradey and Toby, Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow over Jack's sudden passing. Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. Lynne Nathan & the Nathan family
    01/23/2023 10:40 am
    Cheryl Hodge lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jack. It's a tragedy to lose such a vibrant young man so soon. Please know that we are thinking of you and holding you in the light.
    01/23/2023 10:59 am
    Alan King writes,
    Our family is saddened to hear this tragic news. We got to know the Bulks through many years together in the Scouts. Jack was a great Scout, and role model for his peers. We are so sorry for your loss.
    01/23/2023 12:22 pm
    Matt Schmittle writes,
    As a fellow student and scout, Jack was always wonderful to be around. I remember him from scouts being cheerful, helpful, and having a positive outlook despite how cold or wet a camping trip could be. He was a role model for younger scouts and one of the most deserving of Eagle Scout. It is no surprise he went into teaching given his natural ability to connect with others. I'm glad to hear he made the most of his time on earth with lots of experiences, friends, travels, and a loving family. I'll be holding Jack, and your family in the light.
    01/23/2023 01:34 pm
    Kate and Bob Pincus lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bradey, Toby, Terrie and family, We were shocked and heartbroken to learn of Jack's sudden passing. We have always been grateful that Josh and Jack have been friends since lower school. Jack's kindness, compassion, honesty, loyalty and "pureness of heart" set him apart and his humor, sense of adventure and easygoing personality always made him one of our favorite visitors at home or at the shore. From his family, to his friends, students, scouts, and likely, even strangers, Jack has touched so many people's lives in such meaningful and uplifting ways, that he will never be forgotten and his memory will always be a blessing.
    01/23/2023 01:35 pm
    Ken Brick lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Toby and Bradey Every bit of my heart is with you today and will be - for many days beyond. Peace be with you Ken Brick
    01/23/2023 05:13 pm
    Lucy Knudsen writes,
    I always thought Jack was so funny and smart in Quizbowl in high school and WFS teacher/family parties growing up. He was a great guy and I was so sorry to hear about his passing. Sending love to the family.
    01/23/2023 06:46 pm
    Eleanor Napoli writes,
    To the Bulk family, please know that we are holding you in the light and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Jack led an incredible life and was an exceptional person. His love for nature, animals, his friends, family, laughter and outlook on life was contagious. Jack led a life that touched the lives of so many people from all over the world and he will be greatly missed. Thoughts, prayers and love to you all now more than ever. Warmly, The Napoli Family
    01/23/2023 09:51 pm
    Stephanie Doyle Sullivan lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Toby, Bradey, and Terrie, It was my honor to witness Jack growing up, from a Lower School "walker" who trudged up the hill in the afternoon to a confident young man and world traveler. His beaming smile was the constant. I am so sad about his loss. And I am so sorry for your pain. You are all in my heart. -Stephanie
    01/24/2023 08:48 am
    Rachel Ramirez lit a candle and writes,
    To the Bulk family, I am so sorry for your loss. While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jack personally, I saw a thoughtful, quiet guy in the hallways. While he lived a short life, he lived a full life that will be missed. I am keeping the Bulk family in my thoughts. Much love, Rachel Ramirez
    01/24/2023 10:46 am
    the Zugs writes,
    My heart breaks for all of you. Jack was an exemplary student at WFS and a gift to all of us when he returned in 2020-21 to help out as a facilitator for those doing virtual instruction. He "let his life speak" in his academic pursuits, in his scouting, and his teaching. We miss him and stand by you for whatever you need.
    01/24/2023 03:11 pm
    Jerry Taylor lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Brady and Toby, I can't imagine how you are feeling and words cannot express how sorry I am that you lost such a special family member. I got to know Jack during the pandemic when he assisted in covering middle school classes, monitoring the the kids at recess, and helping out us in numerous ways. All of what he offered was done with cheer, kindness, and humor. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Jerry Taylor
    01/24/2023 08:05 pm
    Michael Carmody lit a candle and writes,
    God, mysterious, why. They say, there are three types of people, in the world, those that: Make it happen, watch it happen, sit around asking, what the hell happened? What happens, when make it happen, skips a beat to, what the hell happened? With sorrow, grief, compassion, love, hope, and prayers.
    01/24/2023 09:03 pm
    Kelli Melby lit a candle and writes,
    Words cannot express our sorrow for your great loss. We send you our deepest condolences and are keeping all of you in our thoughts. Much love, Kelli & John Melby
    01/25/2023 09:30 pm
    Maddie Megargee lit a candle and writes,
    To the Bulk family, my deepest condolences. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Jack’s tragic passing. I had the pleasure of being in the same year as him at SYA, and I always remember him fondly for his uniquely kind spirit. My heart is with you all.
    01/25/2023 10:00 pm
    Nicolas Urick lit a candle and writes,
    To the Bulk family, I send my deepest condolences for Jack's tragic passing. My heart breaks for your family; I hope only that you are afforded the endless grace and courage to cherish Jack's life in all of its meaning. While I did not have the pleasure of meeting him personally, I can only imagine the beauty of Jack's character as influenced by such a strong and loving kinfolk. With prayers, love, and best wishes, Nicolas Urick
    01/28/2023 04:04 am
    Anne, Wally, & Ryan McWalter lit a candle and writes,
    We are shocked and saddened by this news. Thinking of your entire family during this difficult time. Holding you in the light.
    01/28/2023 01:11 pm
    Laura and Jorge Pardo lit a candle and writes,
    Bradey and Toby, we are so very sorry for your incredible loss. Jack was a gentleman, and adventurer, and a genuinely kind person. He was an example to all of us of how to make the most of our time on earth. Please know that we think of you and pray for you often.
    01/29/2023 04:36 pm
    Joe Beiras lit a candle and writes,
    Our thoughts and prayers are for the Bulk family for their loss. Please stay strong and know you have support and love from many people.
    02/04/2023 01:19 am
    Hannah and the Carter Family writes,
    Our deepest condolences to the entire Bulk family. As a student of Jack's mother, she often shared his recent accomplishments and beamed with pride. It was always abundantly clear how amazing he was as a student and a person. We are so deeply sorry to learn of his passing. His light will be remembered eternally, as he has touched so many with his love.
    03/03/2023 02:52 pm
    Kathy Palmer writes,
    What a heartbreaking shock to learn of this loss. We at Old Country Gardens had the pleasure of his quiet, bright presence for 2 whole summers before he started college and traveling. If I had only known...We all thought so highly of him, with his dependability, thoughtfulness, and smile that lit a space like the sun. I knew his life would be exemplary, but never dreamed God would take him home so soon. Guess God didn't want the way of the world to change his pure heart. He will always be in my heart.
    05/21/2023 08:56 am
    Beth Ann Kobasa lit a candle and writes,
    Still praying for all of you My son had many special times with Jack and scouts. His smile and attitude was infectious. I hope to lead and live a better life in his honor and memory to make every day count as Jack did.
    06/29/2023 01:58 pm

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