Charlton Bullock, a long-time resident of Ajijic, who will be remembered for running the Music Appreciation Society and bringing many internationally known artists to perform locally, passed away June 28 at the age of 96.
Born June 18, 1922 in Winnipeg, Canada, Charlton was educated as a civil engineer in England, graduating cum laude at 17, the youngest recorded age at that time. At age 15 he had represented England in the 1938 junior world figure skating championships in Stockholm, coming second in his category.
Charlton spent World War II working on military engineering projects, followed by a stint in Nigeria as a district engineer. He then moved to Canada with his young first family, Charlton Junior and Christina. He worked for Alcan in Quebec.
Chuck, as he became known, soon moved his family to Malaya and continued his civil engineering career in the British Colonial Service, achieving distinction and a senior position during a time of war there. With the independence of Malaya ten years later, he was offered a move to Sierra Leone, West Africa and then to Hong Kong, where he was senior engineer on the development of a new town, Kun Tong, and the creation of a novel design underwater pipeline through Hong Kong harbor. During this time he was married to Antionette and had two further children, Susanne and Anthony.
On his retirement from the Colonial Service, he took his family to British Columbia and founded a successful civil engineering company servicing Vancouver Island.
After 30 years Chuck and Anta made a second retirement to Mexico but traveled extensively, pursuing their love of music, culture and history. He spent his recent years writing memoirs of his remarkable life, publishing three volumes and was preparing a fourth at the time of his death. He has promised a fifth volume titled “My Life in the Hereafter,” which he said will be downloadable from the Cloud, or uploaded from below!
Chuck will be much missed as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
At his request there will be no memorial service.