Carole Kasbar Bulman died at her house in Wainscott on April 18 following a long battle with cancer. She was 70 years old and had been ill for nine years.
Mrs. Bulman was born in Brooklyn on March 21, 1943, to Adel Kasbar and the former Josephine Kassar. She grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge.
On July 8, 1978, she married Raymond F. Bulman. The couple had one son, Raymond K. Bulman, who lives in Brooklyn. The two first met at Main Beach in East Hampton and had a great love affair, their son said. Dr. Bulman died in March of this year.
For much of their marriage, the couple made their home in Fort Lee, N.J. For several years, Mrs. Bulman ran a business, Carole Kasbar Inc., which sold clothing to department stores. The company was particularly known for its children’s wear.
“My mother was a born leader and widely regarded as a role model for entrepreneurial women in business of her generation,” her son wrote.
While a successful and sometimes ferocious woman in business, her son described her as having been “an incredibly gentle and feminine person,” with many women in the family admiring her particular ability to combine both home and work life.
While the Bulmans made their full-time residence New Jersey, the family spent their summers in East Hampton. In 2002, the family built their house in Wainscott. Mrs. Bulman had “a great passion and skill for design, “which long manifested itself in her renowned personal style.” She structurally designed and decorated the family’s Wainscott house, which she regarded “as part of her legacy, where her supreme elegance lives on.”
Known as “glamorous Carole,” Mrs. Bulman was always impeccably dressed. “People would think she was a movie star,” said her son.
“She brought complete and ardent resolve to everything she did, big and small — always with impeccable grace, style, and genuine kindness,” he wrote. “She was fiercely committed to her family and succeeded greatly in creating a wonderful life for my father and myself founded on love and respect for one another. As a mother and wife, her love knew no bounds; she was the axis on which our family revolved.”
In addition to her son, Mrs. Bulman is survived by two sisters, Barbara Kasbar of Manhattan and Virginia Kasbar of Fort Lee, N.J., and three brothers, George Kasbar of Manasquan, N.J., Paul Kasbar of San Rafael, Calif., and Michael Kasbar of Miami. She also leaves a niece and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, where Mrs. Bulman was a member. The Rev. Msgr. Donald M. Hanson will officiate.
The family has suggested donations to either the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., or to the Most Holy Trinity, 57 Buell Lane, East Hampton 11937.