Barbara (Bobby) Tyack Hull died May 20 at the Falmouth Hospital. She was 95.

Bobby was born to Hilda Malsch Tyack and Charles Dana Tyack in Waterbury, Conn., on Sept. 7, 1923.

She was a graduate of Northfield school for girls in Greenfield and held fond memories of her time there. She attended Skidmore College, and met Richard, her beloved husband of 63 years, while visiting her sister at the Dartmouth college winter carnival. Bobby described Richard as “a very smart guy but so poor he didn’t even own a decent suit, but he wrote a damned good letter.” They were soon devoted to one another.

When Richard was a junior and Bobby a sophomore, Pearl Harbor was bombed, prompting Richard to enlist in the army air corps. He and Bobby decided to get married right before his induction. Bobby traveled with him to various pilot training bases until the bases were no longer open to wives. She returned to her family in Waterbury, Conn., and worked as a riveter with millions of other women in the war effort. She fondly remembered the camaraderie and support she found in the factory.

After getting his wings, Richard became a pilot trainer, and he and Bobby welcomed son Richard Michael in July, 1945, as the war was ending. They moved to Hanover, N.H. so Richard could finish school through the GI bill. After graduation they moved to Manchester, Conn., where Richard worked for the Hartford Courant. They had two more children, Cecily Dana in 1950 and Daniel Jared in 1953. As her children grew, she became an active volunteer, joining JFK’s presidential campaign and the League of Women Voters. She was also active in the local hospital auxiliary. A supporter of the child enrichment program that would eventually become Head Start, Bobby helped set up one of its first classrooms in Hartford. In 1962 she became the receptionist for a new veterinary practice. Within a year she was assisting the vet in surgeries, treating both small and large animals, a job she loved. Martha’s Vineyard was a part of Richard’s childhood. His family were frequent summer residents, renting God’s Pocket in West Tisbury and eventually purchasing the Captain Slocum House in West Tisbury in the early 1940s. Bobby fell in love with the Island and she and Richard vowed to make it their permanent home once they retired. They built a summer house in the meadow beside the Slocum House in the 1970s, and moved there year-round in 1980.

Bobby and Richard opened an antique shop and appraisal business, Hull Antiques, in 1984. They marked their location with an iconic blue chair hung from a tree. She learned the silver business and became skilled at identifying patterns and hallmarks. They ran their business for over 30 years, often working the Chilmark flea and Grange Hall antique markets, where she and Richard made many good friends.

She was also an avid gardener and a member of the Marthaa’s Vineyard Garden Club.

She moved to Atria in Falmouth in 2016.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard and sister Janice Hull.

She is survived by her sons Michael Hull and Daniel Hull, her daughter Cecily Hull Bryant, two grandchildren and numerous extended family.

A private graveside service will be held at later date. Donations can be sent to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or through

Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home. Visit for online guest book and information.