David H. Bache

Date of Death: January 10, 2012
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David Howard Bache, June 4, 1924 – January 10, 2012 “One great, strong, unselfish soul in every community would actually redeem the world.” -Elbert Hubbard David was the fourth of six children born to Thomas Cartwright Bache and Edith Louise Davies in the coal mining community of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. His parents were grocers and farmersContinue Reading

Teri DeMyers-Beadle left a message on January 17, 2012:
Thinking of all of you at this time. You all will be in my thoughts. Love, Teri
Jenny (Camp) Harris left a message on January 17, 2012:
To the Family of David Bache,

I read in the paper today of your Dad&s passing. I want you to know you will be in my prayers during this sad time in your lives. I have thought of the Bache family often over the years. During the time that your family lived in Clinton County and went to Jackson grade school Susan (Susie) and I became very close friends. It broke my heart when my best friend moved to W. Lafayette. I visited your parents home often and your folks and the Bache children always made me feel welcome. It was always apparent to me what a close knit family you had. I remember of course Susan, but also Jane and Sally (Sally was very small)..... or course Bill was in high school and I am sure he thought Susie and I were pest.... I always had great fun at the Bache home..... thank you to your parents for allowing me to be a small part of those fond memories during your brief stay in Clinton County. Susan and I stayed in touch for awhile but eventually lost contact. I have never forgotten the Bache family. Cling to your precious memories and stay close as a family even though miles may separate you. I am one of seven children..... and I know how important siblings are and I also know the painful loss of parents and a sister.

May God continue to bless and keep the Bache children and their extended families.


Jenny (Camp) Harris
Mary McKee Anderson left a message on January 16, 2012:
So sorry to read of David&s death. He was the last of our father&s generation of McKee family. Along with my children & grandchildren, I will always appreciate his genealogical work, especially on the South Carolina history. Our condolences to you all.
Jeanne L. McKee left a message on January 16, 2012:
Dear Susan, Jane and Bill,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We loved David so very much - he was a grandfather to my children, Richard (Buddy), Abigail and Elizabeth and we were saddened to hear of his passing. We will miss his words of wisdom, and his unconditional love. Our hearts will forever keep his memory alive.


Jeanne, Richard, Abigail, Elizabeth McKee
Jessica Sandy left a message on January 16, 2012:
I?ve known Dave Bache since I was a child. I remember when I first met him; in corduroys and gardener?s knee-pads, tending to his yard. He was picking lilies of the valley for his wife. I was only five and fascinated by this man who appeared to me to have conjured magic right out of the earth. He noticed me watching him, hidden behind a tree. Gently, he coaxed me out of my solitary spot, offering me some of his flowers. From then on, I was Dave?s shadow.

He was always patient with me. It must have gotten annoying to have me constantly following him around his yard, but Dave never got irritated or told me to go away. He taught me how to garden, eventually letting me borrow a pair of his gardener?s knee-pads so I wouldn?t get my clothes filthy while I was kneeling in the dirt with him. He taught me how to fold paper airplanes so they would fly the furthest. He told me about living on a farm in Pennsylvania, and what it was like to grow up during the Great Depression. He told me about going to school, then college, and why education was important. He told me about his children and grandchildren, showing me pictures of them in their adventures. He helped me with countless history reports.

When I received my driver?s license, Dave told me, smiling, to mind the neighborhood speed limit (and gave me a gas card). Dave also gave me my first job; asking me to watch his cat while he and Mary were out of town. I?ll never forget how grown-up I felt knowing that Dave trusted me.

At seventeen, I wanted desperately to be the lead in West Lafayette High School?s musical, ?Candide.? The director had auditions on one day; one session at 4pm, and one session at 7pm. I went to the 4pm session, but was so overwhelmed by all the other girls auditioning that I chickened out and went home. Dave saw me pacing in my driveway, and came over to ask me what was wrong. I told him that I wanted to audition for the lead in the musical, but was afraid to sing in front of all the other girls who were likely better than me.

?What time is the next audition?? He asked.

?7pm, but I don?t think I?ll go.? I replied.

?Jessica.? he said. ?It?s true that you may not get the part. But if you don?t even try, you?ll regret it. And believe me, regret, in the long run, is more painful then rejection. Here, take my watch so you get there on time.?

I auditioned, and got the part. When I went to return the watch to Dave, he told me to ""keep it, so you don?t miss anything important.? I still wear his watch.

Dave was incredible human being who taught me the meaning of patience and kindness. I loved him deeply, and I am a better person having known him. I am truly sorry for his family?s loss.

With Sympathy,
Jessica Sandy
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Alice R. Anderson left a message on January 15, 2012:
My condolences to Mary Bache and family at your loss. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Sincerely, Alice R. Anderson
Judy Sandy left a message on January 15, 2012:

Since 1988 Dave has been a dear friend to me and dear grandfather figure to my children, Jessica and Jonathan. Even though we moved away from the neighborhood, we stayed close over the years. He has always had a caring, listening ear for our family during both good and hard times. He gave us his time, which was precious for us. We enjoyed stories about him, his family, his history, and his career. It was wonderful to get to know more about him over the years, as he was modest about his achievements and open about his foibles. Sometimes it is easier to share outside the closer, family relationships, and we felt blessed to have this with him.

We always enjoyed watching him tend the gardens around the house, and giving us advice on plants and trimming. One of my favorite memories is of him ""spying"" on us from the second floor balcony while we attempted to teach Jon how to ride a two wheeler bike, and laughing and clapping for us. We even shared our cleaning person with him...who felt closer than an employee to him.

He had a long and wonderful life.

I would like to extend my sympathies to Mary, another dear friend, and all of his children, and grandchildren
Patrick Sandy left a message on January 13, 2012:
David was my neighbor for years. He was one of the kind and most genuine people I have ever been fortunate enough to know. He was wonderful to my family, especially to my children Jessica and Jonathan. He always had time to listen to them talk about all the important things small developing minds are discovering. He made both of them feel important and worthy of his attention. To this day they both talk about David as almost a grandfather figure. He took the time to tell me when he saw me playing with my children or teaching them a new task, what a good father he thought I was. Anyone who is a parent knows that you often wonder if you are doing the right thing or teaching the right lessons to your children, so to have someone remark that they noticed your effort is so comforting. David was always willing to offer help, or a tool, or a kind word when he saw a need. I just found myself feeling calmer when I was around him.
Even thought his yard always looked as if he had just finished polishing every blade of grass and leaf of ivy, he welcomed the activity of young children that often spills into yards other than their own. His trees were always just a little more interesting and his hills were just a little more fun than those in other properties. David never said a cross word to any of the neighborhood gang. I admired him for his kindness, calmness, vitality, keen mind and positive outlook.
Although it has been years since I have seen David, my children have kept me up to date on his life. I will always remember him so fondly and with a great deal of respect. I am so sorry for his families loss. I hope they know there is without a doubt, a special place for him in heaven and in the hearts of many.
Patrick Sandy
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