Philip Leslie Bulgach

April 21, 1949 – June 19, 2022

Philip Leslie Bulgach, 73, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022. Phil was born on Long Island, NY on April 21, 1949, to Harold and Dolores Bulgach.  Phil is survived by his loving family:  his wife Linda, daughter Rachel (Jocke Proos), granddaughter Viola Jolene, and son Adam. Phil is also survived by his brother Barry (Iris) Bulgach, sister Amy Rafferty, his first wife Nancy, daughter Melissa (Christian) Genest and grandchildren Chloe and Dahlia. Phil’s family also includes his brothers and sisters-in-law, Judy (David) Lipsitz and Rich (Diane) Roberts, as well as his nieces and nephews: Marni (Doug) Sugarman, Jodi (Tom) Cheatle, Susan Lipsitz, Jay (Lori) Lipsitz, Nikolas (Ashley) Roberts, Elizabeth (Travis) Elms, Kenneth (Heather) Roberts, Megan (Adam) Gretz, Natalie (Ricky) Roberts and Ashley (Bill) Velez, John (Kristy) Rafferty and great nieces and nephews Shoshanna and Orli Sugarman; Tyler and Jordyn Cheatle; Emily and Daniel Schwartz; Will and Jack Lipsitz; Claire and Graham Roberts; Isabella, Aiden and Julianna Elms and Meadow Velez.

Phil served in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic during combat in Vietnam. He primarily serviced the C-7A Caribou, which was used to re-supply fighting forces because of its unique ability to fly in and out of camps on short, unimproved airstrips. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Phil attended Spokane Community College and received an associate degree in photography.

His love of photography and music was shared with his children and led to many close, long-time friendships. Most importantly among them is Matt Marshall, who has proven to be a loyal and dedicated friend. Matt – thank you for filling Phil’s last days with music, memories and laughter. No one else could have given him so much. Phil cherished his few trips to Gothenburg, Sweden and prepared by taking Swedish language classes in the hope of being able to greet his daughter’s new family. Always called by the outdoors, he loved canoeing and fishing with his son, hiking and exploring the Minnesota north shore, as well as spending precious time with his mother and father-in-law, the late Claire and Ewing Roberts.

Phil’s career led him to a photography studio in south Florida, where Phil met his future brother-in-law Don and Don’s sister Linda. As one event leads to another, his detailed eye and passion for perfection led to a move from Miami to Minnesota for a job at Fingerhut Photo Studios. Post-retirement, Phil discovered a new passion working for L.L.Bean in “shoes.” No one was more surprised than Phil to find a new kind of family, in a job that offered rewards that cannot be measured.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1995, Phil led a lengthy and courageous battle for many years, leading up to a stem-cell transplant at the University of Minnesota in 2003. The date of this transplant became Phil’s “birthday” from that point on. Phil was cancer-free until early 2021, when his battle with pancreatic cancer began.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 9AM followed by a funeral service at 10AM at White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124. A full military burial will follow at 11:30 Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Phil’s name to the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Voluntary Service (135); Earmark funds for Hospice, One Veteran’s Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417.

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
10:00 AM

White Funeral Home

14560 Pennock Ave

Apple Valley, MN 55124

Visitation one hour prior to service.