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Robert Anthony Bullock

November 3, 1979 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 42)

Obituary

Robert Anthony Bullock, 42, was born in Washington, DC on November 3, 1979. At the age of 2 ½, he was adopted by Anthony W. Bullock of Gaithersburg, MD. Rob was an energetic child who enjoyed engaging in conversations and fantastical storytelling. He enjoyed playing on baseball and basketball teams.

During his teenage years, Rob dreamed big. After managing the varsity football team and serving as the waterboy for three years, he decided that during his senior year he didn’t want to watch from the sidelines anymore, but wanted to be part of the action! After convincing mom, dad, and the coaches to let him try out for varsity football, he worked his tail off during the entire pre-season and miraculously achieved his goal of making the team, earning the coveted letterman’s jacket and football pin. 

After high school, Rob attended Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. He worked at the campus radio station. He also joined Student Painters, a home improvement company, and learned hard lessons in how to run a successful business. He graduated in 2001 earning a B.A. degree in communications. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a public relations and marketing professional for Coldwell Banker and invested his time and energy into the company for three years gaining experience organizing special events and specialty campaigns such as the “Harvest for the Hungry” and “Race for the Hungry” food drives, and the “Toys for Tots” toy drive.

When the real estate bubble burst, Rob’s employment at Coldwell Banker ended suddenly. Unable to get back into a professional job, Rob turned to employment as a bartender and food server to make ends meet. That lifestyle exacerbated the internal pain Rob felt during a series of traumatic events to include the death of his father and several severely debilitating health issues, so Rob sought comfort in alcohol. 

After hitting rock bottom, Rob realized he needed help and began the recovery process that began at Shoemaker Center in Sykesville and continued at Baltimore’s Christian-based Helping Up Mission. Through his trust in God, the HUM’s holistic recovery process helped Rob fight addiction and he successfully completed the year-long program. Rob became passionate about helping others become restored and renewed as they recovered from addiction related issues. Rob also took advantage of the HUM’s free educational resources to research how to write and publish a book and start a non-profit business. Rob co-founded the non-profit organization Romihu Enterprises, Ltd., whose mission was “transforming homelessness, addiction, and dependency into settled stability, recovery, and self-sufficiency”. Rob led Romihu’s weekly recovery meeting called “The Restoration & Renewal '' at United Evangelical Church in Canton, MD.

Robert also successfully wrote and published his autobiography entitled Emerge: Addiction: A Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, which detailed his journey from addiction to recovery. He gained employment at Hope Springs Church as a Co-Director of Faith Community Outreach where he supported his community in increasing awareness and building human resource capacity for HIV, health discrepancies, and associated stigma in Baltimore. He also launched a marketing and media company called EMERGE, LLC which focused on delivering educational products. Rob’s employment at Hope Springs ended due to a lack of church funding. 

Rob started working full time for Amazon to pay the bills, but over the last few years, his health issues slowly plagued him until he was unable to work. After open heart surgery in 2020 and several long stays in the hospital in 2021 and 2022, God brought Rob home on April 25,2022 to end years of suffering.

Rob enjoyed working out, grilling in the snow, taking peaceful walks, and watching the Ravens. He is survived by his mother Patricia Bullock, brother Roland Bullock, sister Nikolle Gibson, niece Brielle Gibson and a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins.

 

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Services

Memorial Service
Wednesday
May 11, 2022

11:00 AM
Church of the Redeemer
19425 Woodfield Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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