Douglas David Bach passed away suddenly on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Dave was born in Russell, Manitoba on April 9, 1945, the second child of Alvin Bach and Elizabeth Simpson. He married Patricia Seman of Stockholm, Saskatchewan and they had three children and seven grandchildren. In his lifetime Dave worked as a mechanics assistant, potash miner, highway man for Saskatchewan Highways Department, iron work and coal miner for several mines in the Elk Valley, “Ditch Rider” for the Eastern Irrigation District (E.I.D.) in Alberta, and Welder/Rigger for Fording Coal in Elkford up to his retirement in 2011 – he really enjoyed working with the cranes and doing the big lifts. Dave was a hardworking and dedicated employee. Dave also loved animals and enjoyed caring and providing for the many farm animals on his small farm in Alberta while working for the E.I.D. Dave was a giving and caring man who had much compassion – it did not matter what walk of life you came from. Dave loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Grandpa was loved greatly and will be deeply missed by his 7 grandchildren.
Dave was predeceased by his father Alvin Bach, his step mother Lucille Bach, his step father Edward Hofstrand and his daughter Miranda Regina Bach whom Dave loved deeply though she passed at 9 days old. Dave is survived by his son Bryce Bach, his daughter Jennifer Bach, his grandsons Jordan, Galen, Simon, Eran and Kostas, his granddaughters Sara and Charis, his mother Elizabeth Hofstrand, his sisters Thelma, Rita, Shirley, Tanys and Erin Faye, his brothers Eric, Don, Brian and Kevin, as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and friends.
A funeral service for Dave will be held at McPherson Funeral Home (2200 – 2nd Street South) in Cranbrook, BC on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow. His interment will be in Freefield Cemetery in Inglis, Manitoba at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers please cherish your loved ones, make amends if at all possible with those you may be estranged from, love deeper and truer and have mercy and compassion on the broken and struggling – they are fighting a battle you may not know or understand.
We love you Dad and we miss you beyond words.