Leo Bach

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Leo S. Bach

LEO S. BACH, aged 93 years, died peacefully February 26, 2013 in Walnut Creek, CA of respiratory problems.


Leo was born in Brooklyn, NY in June 1919, the second son of Abraham and Lena. He grew up in the rough Jewish Brownsville district of Brooklyn and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941. He was present at the Pearl Harbor attack, also shot down over Germany in a B-17 in 1944, captured and confined to a Prisoner-of-War camp for 13 months.


In August 1945, Leo married Sylvia Dubro and had two children, working as a NYC taxi driver, salesman, printer, and cafe owner. He was the founder of Berkeley Free Press and Campus Copy Center. Leo was a Berkeley City Council Member, 1981-85, then a political columnist, and member of the Rossmoor Writers Group.


His political views drifted over time from Marxist, to radical activist, conservative Democrat, and finally staunch Republican. Leo was a decorated soldier from WWII: Purple Heart. His novel "Going Home" is about his prisoner-of-war experience.


His interests were painting, writing, and politics. He leaves behind dozens of canvases, two complete books, and many columns and speeches. Residences included Brooklyn NY, Fresno, Berkeley, Rossmoor and Atria Senior Living, Walnut Creek CA. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, general trouble-maker, and everybody's uncle.


Leo is survived by his children: Emily Murdock (husband Jim) of Piedmont, Daniel Bach (wife Patricia) of Oakland, grandchildren: Aaron Murdock (wife Renée) and Andy Murdock (wife Maggie), and great-grandchildren: Max and Peter Murdock and Cleo Frantz. Predeceased by wife: Sylvia Bach (née Dubrovsky), brother Benjamin Bach, sister Jean Levine.


There will be a private memorial/life-celebration in late April; friends and family can e-mail for time and place. Your comments about and memories of Leo can also be sent. leobachmemorial@gmail.com


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2013
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