Alan Robert Bach
Alan Robert Bach, 70, died at home peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness Thursday, May 4, 2017.
He is survived by his son, James A. Bach (Rachel Bach); his daughter, Tammi E. Bach (Agostino “Augie” Buttinelli Jr.); his sister-in-law, Virginia M. Wallace; his sister-in-law, Jean Bach; four grandchildren, Dakota Bach, Alan “A.J.” Bach, Roman Buttinelli and Peter Buttinelli; his best friend, Dixie Belle; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Born and raised in New York, the son of David Bach (Saugerties, N.Y.) and Ethel Waters (New York City), Alan joined the U.S. Navy in 1964 and served honorably until 1968 as a seaman during the Vietnam War aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Alan moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he worked with his uncle, Jim Waters, refinishing furniture and as an auctioneer. In 1969, Alan met his beloved wife of nearly 40 years, Barbara “Bobbi” Bach (deceased 2010), and they were married Oct. 9, 1970, Bobbi’s birthday.
Soon after marrying his one true love, Alan went to work with Borden’s Dairy, delivering milk and ice cream to schools. Alan worked hard for Borden’s Dairy but found an interest in finance and insurance. In the 1980s, Alan earned his insurance license and went to work with New York Life Insurance Co. in Fort Lauderdale. He became a top insurance agent with New York Life and then opened his own insurance firm in the 1990s. Alan desired more investment education and experience, so he earned his Series 7 license and joined Cuna Mutual Group, where he excelled as a financial adviser. Alan retired from Cuna Mutual Group in 2012 and moved north to Fernandina Beach to be with his children. In addition to his dedication to work and lifelong learning, he always emphasized his love and admiration for his family.
Alan loved spending time with family, fishing, camping, cooking and following current events. For many years, he was a member of the sport fishing team Diversification, who won awards in several saltwater fishing tournaments in southeast Florida. When he wasn’t working or fishing, he was doing home improvement and other projects for his family. He will always be remembered for tireless hours spent researching colleges and scholarships for his children and giving advice on life, love and investing. He will always have a special place in the hearts of his loved ones.
Alan’s final resting place will be in a family mausoleum tomb at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Fla., next to his beloved wife, Bobbi. May they rest in peace, forever in love.