Even at age 100, George Bullat could still cut a rug.

Three times a month, Bullat danced at Spares & Pairs Square Dancing Club in Park Ridge, a senior center. Square dancing was one of his favorite pastimes. On Sunday, the longtime Oak Parker died.

“I don’t feel any older than I did at 95,” Bullat, a widowed father of two, told Wednesday Journal last October, marking his birthday.

Bullat, an Oak Park resident since 1969, lived alone, but led an active life. A member of St. Catherine/St. Lucy Church in Oak Park for more than 50 years, Bullat was head usher at the church for morning mass. Reading was another passion of the Chicago native, along with racquetball, which he played well into his 80s. He got interested in square dancing in 1970 after seeing a note posted at the West Cook YMCA, following a game of racquetball.

At age 76, Bullat retired after 27 years at Central Scientific Co., where he was vice president of international sales. The company sold microscopes and other lab equipment overseas.

During World War II, Bullat was responsible for shipping X-ray equipment overseas to U.S. troops. Prior to Central Scientific, he was employed for 18 years at General Electric as an export manager.

Bullat was born in Chicago on Oct. 13, 1908, the same year the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. His parents were born in Athens, Greece, and came to the United States in the early 1900s. Bullat was the oldest of three children. His brother and sister are both deceased. The family lived in Chicago’s Near West Side. He attended Crane Junior College (since converted to a high school in Chicago) and Northwestern and DePaul universities.

He married his late wife, Helene, in 1934 during the Great Depression. She died in 1969. The couple had two children-a son, who is a lawyer and a daughter, now deceased. When he turned 100 in October, Bullat received several accolades, including a proclamation from State Sen. Don Harmon (39th) submitted to the Illinois General Assembly and a letter of recognition from the Village of Park Ridge. Bullat also received a letter from President George W. and Laura Bush acknowledging his birthday milestone.

Bullat lived through 19 U.S. presidents – Theodore Roosevelt was in office when he was born. He credited his longevity to eating healthy and staying active – he didn’t smoke and only drank occasionally with friends. Bullat is survived by his son George Nicholas Bullat, one grandchild and two great-granddaughters. St. Catherine/St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin, will hold a memorial mass today at 10 a.m.

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