Published 12/07/17

President Machtley's statement regarding the passing of mascot Tupper

President Ronald K. Machtley emailed the following message to the Bryant community earlier this morning:

It is my sad duty to inform our community that our beloved mascot, Ironclad Tupper I, passed away peacefully last night (Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017) following an apparent stroke. Tupper was  our first official school mascot and wonderful symbol of grit and determination for our students. He was bright, friendly, and always willing to lend a paw when needed to cheer on our teams or welcome new students.  He will be sorely missed.

We will begin a search for Tupper’s replacement immediately with the hope and expectation that Tupper II will bring the same sense of pride to the many events at which he will represent Bryant’s spirit.

Tina and Clara Senecal were Tupper’s principal caregivers and were absolutely magnificent in the love and attention they lavished on him. Kati and I fondly remember visiting bulldog breeders with Claire and Tina to select our first mascot. We want to thank them for their service and console them in their loss. 

Tupper I will always be remembered as the first in what we hope will be a long and proud line of terrific, tenacious Bulldog mascots. No school could have asked for a better, more loyal, and friendly mascot.  Ironclad Tupper I was much loved and his memory will always be cherished.


Donations in Tupper's memory may be made here.   All contributions will go to care for future Tuppers and ensure that Tupper I's legacy endures.