By | November 19, 2021
Kelly Bulak Death

Kelly Bulak Death – Kelly Bulak who was a students of Clemson & College Of Charleston passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2021 at the age of 30, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Kelly was a Historic Preservation students of the college before her passing. She was born on November 19, 1990, in Columbia, South Carolina to his father James Stephen Bulak and mother Pamela Brown Bulak. Kelly  was also an alumnus of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and earned a bachelor degree in Architectural Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Kelly Brown “Bea” Bulak had passion for for interior design and was determined to preserve the stories of Charleston’s deep history which informed its signature architectural styles. She loved traveling and she travelled across the world world in countries like United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia and her motto was “never turn down a trip!”. She also studied architecture in different countries such as Vienna, Austria and Krakow, Poland.

Kelly Bulak was described as a creative soul and visionary. someone with effortless and contagious kindness, She was inspirational and was very perspective and wise. Kelly was also embedded with determination. grace, hope and positivity. She was an inspiration to many people  and a lot of of close friends from all works of life. She was also described as the most passionate and promising advocate for the historic built environment. Kelly Bulak obituary will be announced by the family.

Shared tributes

Amanda Finn – “Dear Heathwood,
As many of you may already know, we lost our beloved Kelly Bulak to lung cancer last week on November 9th
Kelly’s positive nature and kindness throughout her life – even throughout her illness – will forever inspire us to be better and brighter people. She was a HHES “lifer” who impacted many in our class and far beyond, and to honor her legacy, we hope to plant a tree on campus that will grow and flourish for generations to come. We would love for your help and contribution to make this happen.
If you would like to contribute to Kelly’s memorial tree at Heathwood, please Venmo @Amanda-Finney-1 by November 21, 2021 to make a donation in any amount you are comfortable with. No amount is too small! For reference, the donation required by Heathwood is $1,000, which includes the cost of the tree, a bronze plaque, and ongoing maintenance. The plaque will read: “In memory of Kelly Bulak from the Class of 2009”. Thank you for any contribution you can make. (Note: this is a surprise to Kelly’s parents to be unveiled at her 11/26 service, so please do not mention anything to either of them!)
We also wanted to take this opportunity to share information about Kelly’s memorial events in case you would like to attend:
Friday, November 19th — 4-7pm (Charleston)
Please join us in celebrating Kelly’s life and legacy at the Freehouse Brewery (2895 Pringle St, B, North Charleston SC 29405) on what would be her 31st birthday. This will be a casual celebration of Kelly’s life and an opportunity for us to all come together and have a beer in her honor.
Friday, November 26th — 1:00pm (Columbia)
A more traditional memorial service will take place on Friday, November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving) at the Heathwood Hall chapel. Light refreshments will be provided after the service.
Additional funds raised over the $1,000 will go directly to cancer research at MUSC.
We would love to see you at either or both events. Sending you all lots of love, and please reach out to us with any questions at all.
Love always,
Amanda Finney, Katie Barton Frazier, and Sarah Horton Ruffin
Class of 2009″

Avondale Wine & Cheese – “With heavy hearts, AWC would like to honor, Miss Kelly ‘Bea’ Bulak.’ A true queen, fighter, and optimist who has lost her battle with cancer. Her smile was infectious and laughter filled our rooms. To her family and friends, we send our deepest condolences for your loss and our AWC community grieves with you. A celebration of life will be held on her birthday this Friday (11/19) between 4-7pm at Freehouse Brewery. #beastrong”

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Alumni – “With a heavy heart, we have sad alumni community news to share. Kelly “Bea” Bulak ’09 passed away on November 9th after a hard fought battle with cancer. We send our condolences to her mother Pam, a former long-time Heathwood science teacher, her father Jim, her family and friends, and the Class of 2009 during this difficult time…….Rest well, Kelly…..#foreverinourhearts”

Virginia Prioleau Boland – “Heartbroken today. There are no sufficient words to describe the impact that Kelly Bulak had on my life but I’m going to try.. She was hands down the kindest person I have ever known. She was one of those people who truly cared and listened and was there for you if you were going through a tough time. Her laugh was infectious and she had such a great sense of humor. She was smart and funny and the type of person that everyone loved as soon as they were lucky enough to meet her.
We bonded over our love of cats and art and there was a time when she had an extra key to my house and a bedroom designated for her in case she ever wanted to stay downtown when I wasn’t there with her.
If it weren’t for her encouragement, I may never have walked up to my husband Randall and introduced myself the night that we first met. I probably wouldn’t have married him if she hadn’t been with me. She was always supportive and rooting for the ones she loved.
I’ll never forgive myself for not keeping in touch better when she moved to Charleston but am so glad that we reconnected in these last few months and will always cherish the wonderful memories we made together. The world was a brighter place for having her in it and she will be deeply missed. Sending prayers to all of her family and friends, especially Pam Bulak.
I love you Kelly and I’m glad that you aren’t in pain anymore. I know you’re smiling down on all of us with that big beautiful smile and I hope you and Albert get to cuddle again

Graduate Program in Historic Preservation – Clemson & College of Charleston – “It’s with great sadness we share the loss of one of our Historic Preservation students, Kelly B. Bulak. Kelly B. Bulak, 30, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9. She was originally from Columbia, South Carolina and was enrolled in Clemson University’s Historic Preservation graduate program in Charleston.
“With Kelly’s passing, a brilliant light has gone out and our field has indeed lost a most passionate and promising advocate for the historic built environment,” said Jon Marcoux, director of the Historic Preservation program. “More than this, Kelly was genuinely one of the most positive people I have ever met. She was a true inspiration to her fellow students and to faculty in our program.”
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is providing grief counseling to students. Any student who wants to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451. Counseling services are also available to faculty and staff through Deer Oaks, the University’s Employee Assistance Program provider, at 866-327-2400.
A memorial service will be held at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Chapel in Columbia on Friday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. View the full obituary here >>>…/Memories”

Photo Credit; Avondale Wine & Cheese

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