John Bach

John Bach

Thursday, March 15th, 1951 - Monday, October 14th, 2019
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John Bach ~ of Elora, at St. Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener, on Monday, October 14, 2019, in his 69th year.

Husband of Susan (Loft) Bach.

Father of Joanne Bach and Jay Gazzola of Fergus, Kaitlyn Bach of Toronto, and Jay Bach, and grandfather of Duncan, Damien, and Della Rae Gazzola.

Brother of Terry Mazar of Calgary, and uncle of Diane and Bert Rampersaud, Tracy Mazar, Mike and Twyla Mazar, and David Mazar. Great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Son-in-law of Anna (Jensen) Loft of Palmerston, and brother-in-law of Ole & Anita Loft of Denmark.

Predeceased by his parents Jozef and Maria Bach, and by his father-in-law Amdi Loft.

John began his flying career with Time Air in Alberta. From 1973 until his retirement, he flew for Air Canada as a Boeing 767 Captain.

Private family arrangements have been entrusted to the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston. Interment in Palmerston Cemetery.

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    Hardy-Lee Funeral Home
    44 John St. S.
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    Private family arrangements have been entrusted to the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston.
  • Interment

    Palmerston Cemetery
    5240 Hwy 23
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Jim Allinson

Posted at 03:37pm
Rest in peace John...
I flew with John as a First Officer on both the DC-9 and the B-767.
John was an excellent pilot and the best mentor that a young pilot, like myself back then, could possibly ask for. Patient and genuine with a quiet but fantastic, dry sense of humor is how I will remember John. He was always available to answer a question and help his fellow pilots when asked to.
I know he will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, God bless you all as you mourn this loss.
Jim Allinson.

Brant Gulyes

Posted at 04:17pm
John and I never flew together as we were fairly close in seniority, but we did work together when we were both DC9 supervisory pilots. I remember John as a complete gentleman in words, actions and deeds. I am so sorry for your loss.

Brant Gulyes

Glen Murphy

Posted at 12:39pm
I met John in 1970 at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Somehow, we managed to survive our initial pilot training. We became friends then and stayed friends at Air Canada. As a room mate and friend we had many great adventures together. I will miss him greatly.
My deepest condolences to Susan and the entire family.

Chuck McKinnon

Posted at 10:41am
Chuck McKinnon
My deepest condolences to the family. I feel privileged to have worked with John during his time at Air Canada. A true gentleman and professional with integrity. Rest in peace.

Capt. Iain Edghill

Posted at 03:03am
John and I were on our initial new-hire course together at Air Canada, October 15th 1973. He was a quiet gentleman then, and he never changed. John was an outstanding instructor whose gentle demeanour always rubbed off on those around him. We are all the richer for having known him: we are all the poorer for having lost him. “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of. Hov’ring there, I chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious burning blue, I’ve topped the windswept heights, where never lark nor eagle flew. And while, with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high, untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand...and touched the face of God [“High Flight,” by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, RCAF]. Rest Well, John, Old Friend. To Susan and the family, my deepest condolences on your loss.

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