Robert (Bob) Bachmann passed away on May 29, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. His sunny, positive outlook, despite the hardships and illnesses life brought him, never waivered. Bob was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 20, 1929. After graduating Cranford High School, he worked at Western Electric as a Purchasing Expeditor. He was in the US Army and served during the Korean War . In 1954, he married his beautiful wife Doris and lived in Roselle NJ, before moving back to Cranford in 1976. He lived his later years in Somerset NJ. Bob had a fearless adventurous spirit and always wanted to keep having new experiences at every age. He did his first parasail over the Atlantic Ocean at age 80 with his grandchildren as a thunderstorm was brewing in the skies above them. He loved challenges and having fun and never let age stop him from experiencing either. He was a dedicated photographer and never met a sunset he didn’t want to capture, especially Florida beach sunsets. At every event, from a walk through the park to his grandchildrens graduation, he was never without his camera to memorialize the day, He had a smile bigger and brighter than the super moon and that smile embraced all who were lucky enough to be the recipient of it. He retired from Western Electric after 35 years. But retirement didn't stop Bob from other pursuits as he was nowhere near done with his resume. While “retired” he earned his NJ Real Estate license and in addition to selling houses, worked as a part time leasing agent. His other endeavors after retirement included working as a sports agent for a professional soccer player, becoming a certified income tax preparer and several jobs as a wedding photographer. He was also an avid flea market purveyor. He generously gave his time volunteering for St Mathias Church, where he was a parishioner and Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen. He was also active with The Knights of Columbus. He was a huge Mets fan and never missed a game, no matter how dismal their season played out. He loved taking his 3 children, Bobby, Steve and Maryellen to Florida for vacations every year, visiting the east coast for the kids and the west coast for him. He was happiest on the beach, reveling in the sunlight and snoozing to the sound of the ocean waves. He traveled often and loved cruises. He was especially proud of meeting Vincent Price on one cruise and getting his picture taken with him. His grandchildren were the light of his life and trips with them to Cooperstown, Wildwood and Cape May were always the highlight of his year. He was engaged in their lives from the minute they were born and never missed their special events. He played Barney the Dinosaur in costume for hours at his grandson’s birthday party, overheated from the bulk of it, but he never stopped dancing and entertaining the kids. He was also a fabulous Santa Claus, great ping pong player and hoop shooter. He loved Point Pleasant boardwalk and would hop on any ride with his grandchildren, with just as much anticipation and enthusiasm. Bob met the love of his life, Doris, in 1949 and was happily married to her for 54 years. She passed away in 2010. He will be missed tremendously by his children Bobby, Steve and wife Cathy, and Maryellen and husband Chuck and his grandchildren, Ian, Dylan, Jordan, Kate and Molly, brother-in law Bill, nieces and nephews and many friends. . Bob left this earth, but will never leave our hearts. His legacy is how he lived his life, a man with passion, incredible fortitude, and a spirit that always looked forward, upward and to heights that were never unreachable. He will always be our greatest inspiration. Visiting hours will be held from 5-8PM on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Funeral services will take place 10AM on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the funeral home followed by Entombment at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia.
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