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Clifford B. Bachand(1920 - 2013)

Clifford B. Bachand
Aug.19, 1920-April 20, 2013
Resident of Alamo
Born in Worcester, MA, Clifford was the fourth and youngest child of Arthur Bachand and Zeleda Brodeur, both of French-Canadian descent. He was an industrious child, first working as a paperboy, and then delivery boy, while attending French school. At 15, his father died unexpectedly, and he became the primary caretaker of his mother. After he graduated from South High in 1938, he continued working in the family business while taking jobs as a stock boy and window dresser.
During WWII, Clifford enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater on the carrier USS Coral Sea. After the war, the GI bill afforded him the opportunity to attend college. He graduated from Clark University in 1948 and earned a law degree from USF in 1951. Near the end of the war, he had met his wife-to-be, Dorothy Rossick, at a dance in SF. They married on September 4, 1950.
Clifford practiced law primarily as a civil litigator in torts and business cases for 24 years before being appointed municipal court judge by Governor Jerry Brown. In 1979, Chief Justice Rose Bird appointed him to hear the controversial Diablo Canyon protester cases. He served on the Bench for 13 years, retiring in 1989.
Throughout his life, Clifford was known for his sense of humor, his enthusiasm, his generosity, and his genuine interest in others. He was energized by the California landscape, whether the vistas of the Pacific ocean or the Sierras, and those encountered on his travels.
After the Oakland firestorm in 1991, he and Dorothy moved to Alamo, where he devoted his time to his wife, children, and grandchildren. His death supersedes the passing of his three siblings, Roland, Raymond, and Emmeline. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his seven children-Therese, Edward, Marguerite, Karen (Michael), Paul (Lynette), Philip (Sandra), and Thomas - and his ten grandchildren- Anna, Lily, Michael, Jacqueline, Lauren, Jennifer, Anna, Nicholas, Claire and Heaven.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Theresa Church, 30 Mandalay Rd., Oakland, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or to a .

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 24, 2013
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