1951 - 2021
1/22/51 - 3/18/21

WINTER HAVEN - Bruce Michael ('Pop Pop') Bachman was born on January 22, 1951, to the late Helen and Robert Bachman. He was called home on March 18, 2021, after a courageous and faith-filled battle with lung cancer.
Bruce was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in 1969, where he excelled in multiple sports, most notably, varsity football. Recruited by many major college football programs, he ultimately accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he was a wide receiver for the Midshipmen.
After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1973, he received his commission as Ensign, United States Navy, and married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Nancy. His initial years in the service involved various destroyer engineering billets. In 1977, Bruce was appointed personal aide and inspector for Rear Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley, President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), U.S. Navy. His days in the Navy and service spent alongside the Admiral, were the highlight of his professional career, and the inspiration for the published biography he authored, 'An Honorable Profession: The Life and Times of One of America's Most Able Seamen: Rear Adm. John Duncan Bulkeley, USN.' The time spent away from his young family, however, proved too difficult to allow for a life at sea and the dedication to the military service that he loved and held in the highest regard. Bruce received his honorable discharge from the United States Navy in 1979.
Bruce commenced his civilian career with stops in Burke, Virginia, Dade City, Auburndale and, ultimately, Winter Haven, Florida. In Winter Haven, he and Nancy planted what would become life-long roots of family and friendship that they enjoy to this day. Bruce managed Phoenix Industries in Eloise, Florida, for a majority of his post-military career. He spent his last, and what he would no doubt call his most personally rewarding professional years, at Adams Cold Storage in Auburndale, Florida, where he served as the Executive Vice President working alongside his son, Christopher.
Bruce dedicated more than 30 years of service as a member of the Advocacy Board for the Gus A. Stavros Center at the College of Education at the University of South Florida. He spent considerable time, effort and energy furthering efforts in Winter Haven and Polk County as a member of the board of directors for the Winter Haven Housing Authority, chairman of the board of directors for the Polk Community College Foundation, chairman of the board of directors for the Eloise Community Redevelopment Agency, champion for the students, families, and staff of Snively Elementary School in Eloise, Florida and the Winter Haven High School Booster Club. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Bruce's family came before anything and everything else in this world. He was a living example to those that knew him of what he valued most - he was hard working, loyal, honest and true - and expected the same of others in return. Bruce loved his country, the Naval Academy (Beat Army!), the Florida State Seminoles, fishing anywhere, especially the areas surrounding Boca Grande, and, most of all, time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and dear friends.
Bruce is survived by and deeply loved by his wife of 47 years, Nancy McCarthy Bachman; his children, Bruce Michael Bachman, Jr. (Radha), Christopher McCarthy Bachman (Angie), and his forever princess, Elisabeth Claire Hodges (Ryan); his grandchildren, Ketan Michael, Avni Jane and Annika Grace Bachman, Emily Jane and Brantlee Bruce Hodges and Taylor Weiser; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lainey and Lincoln Weiser; his brother, Robert Bachman III (Bonnie); brother and sister in law, James and Laurie Hobbs; nephews, Bobby, Stephen, David, Tim and Kevan; and nieces, Tammy and Erika.
A celebration of life service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 327 Avenue C SE in Winter Haven on Saturday, March 27th, at 1:00 p.m. The service will be livestreamed with access available on the Grace Lutheran Church website, Immediately following the service, there will be an informal reception with the family at Venue650, 650 6th Street in Winter Haven. Social distancing and mask wearing per CDC and local guidelines will be observed at both events. A private burial service will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be sent to CMTC Alliance, Attn: Rebecca Gallis, 3715 Wesley Chapel Road, Zanesville, Ohio 43701 acknowledging 'Bruce Michael Bachman' in the memo line or online at (CMTC- Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica Congenita).

Published by The Ledger from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2021.
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I met Bruce when I was in first grade at Fairmount elementary school. He was in second grade and we were in a first/second grade combination class. I knew him growing up through Disston junior high and Boca Ciega. He was such a gentle man right from the start.
I was not surprised to read how n.v amazing his life was after high school and how much good he did in the world.
My condolences to his family.
God speed Bruce.
Charmaine Trudel Whitman
May 12, 2021
To Nancy and Bruce’s family,

I was Bruce’s roommate for about a year in 1974-1975 on the USS McCandless ( FF-1084 ). He was considerate, generous, friendly and had a great sense of humor - exactly the kind of person anyone would like to share a cabin with. He was a great guy, and I’m grateful that for a few years I was one of his friends. I’m very sorry for your loss.
Ed Lane
Edward Lane
April 15, 2021

I am heartbroken to learn of Bruce’s passing. He was a wonderful shipmate on the McCandless, and I have many great memories of our voyages and bridge watches together. I am so happy that I spoke to him a few years ago during an old Navy reunion at Ed Lane’s home in Maine. Ed, Steff and I are reuniting again this summer in Maine, and we will surely toast the memory of our old shipmate.
Jim Volker
Served In Military Together
April 14, 2021
I'm incredibly sad. He was a good man and leader. He loved his family and talked about them all the time. This world needs more men like the distinguished Bruce Bachman.
Merissa Green
March 28, 2021
Nancy and family,
What a shock to hear of Bruce's passing and funeral today!
Our prayers and thoughts go out for you all.
I remember Bruce's as a devoted servant of Christ, who has heard his Lord say to him, "Well done, my good and faithful servant...."
Pastor Bill and Lisa Qualman
Bill Qualman
March 27, 2021
My heart aches as I mourn the passing of my friend. Bruce and I met at Disston, where we played in the marching band, orchestra, and a jazz ensemble created by Franklin Knight.

We were teammates on the Jr. High School Basketball team and the High School Football team which created life-long memories.

I visited Bruce, unannounced, at Annapolis the summer of 1969. When I asked the receptionist if I could see Bruce Bachman, he said, "Which one?" This took me aback. I said, "Bruce M. Bachman." He said, "Which one?" What are the odds of two Bruce M. Bachman's in the freshman class of the Naval Academy? I said, "The one from St. Petersburg, Florida?" He said, "We'll get him for you." And Bruce took us on a tour of the Academy. That is one of my most cherished memories.

It was a honor to be his classmate, teammate, and friend.

To Nancy and the Bachman Family, I send my deepest condolences.

With Love, Don.
Don Simonds
March 27, 2021
My Condolences to the Bachman family. Bruce was a true southern gentleman who impacted many lives. He will be missed by many!
Steve Brooks
March 26, 2021

We had a such a great friendship!! You are in are in our hearts forever ❤❤ Miss you my friend!!
Paul & Elizabeth Semenchuk
March 26, 2021
Bruce and I worked together for 17 years through thick and thin. He was one of my finest customers I ever had the pleasure to work with. As we all know he will truly be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.
Tony Sorrentino
March 26, 2021
I'm so sorry to see this . Both Bruce and Nancy were an intracule part of my early school days; Bruce since Disston, and Nancy since Gulfport Elementary. My parents and Nancy's parents were very involved with the community and school serving the needs of both. They were a true love story. RIP Bruce. You did well.
John L McEwen
March 26, 2021
So sorry to hear about Mr. Bachman’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him as he was such an encourager! His smile was infectious and lit up a room ... and he thankfully passed that smile onto his kids and grandkids. Sending my deepest condolences to the entire Bachman family ... I am so sorry for your loss! May God provide you comfort and peace until you’re all reunited again in glory! ❤
Laura Beckert
March 25, 2021
I was in band with Bruce in junior high and went to high school with this fine man. He was always kind and encouraging to me. I shall pray for his wonderful wife and family.
Tom Drick
March 25, 2021
I grew up with Bruce from before elementary school thru high school. My siblings attended schools with his siblings. We were in the scouts together, going on many outings; and post high school I went into the USMC and he in the Navy. We had kidded each other about that. I am saddened to hear of his death, he was always larger than life. Bruce became the honorable man and leader everyone who knew him knew he would. Nancy and family are in my thoughts and prayers as they go through this tough time.
GOD Speed my friend, Rest In Peace, you earned it.
R. Keith Bailey, MD
March 24, 2021
2 Timothy 4:7
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
Forever in my heart,
your brother Bob
Bob Bachman
March 24, 2021
He was a good dependable friend and you always knew where you stood with him! We had some great times together and I’m going to miss him!!
Everett R Whitehead
March 23, 2021
Bill and Bobette McCarthy
March 23, 2021
The LaFreniere Family
March 23, 2021
Folks were drawn to Bruce’s quick and easy smile, he could surely light up a room. Tall, tanned, Hollywood film star good looks. This first class Southern gentleman exuded warmth, charm and wit. You could tell his mind only rested when he talked about his love of family, which he did a lot. Mostly, though, his razor sharp intelligence and endless curiosity were at active play, especially when it came to causes related to improving education for our children. What Bruce and his colleagues did to help the kids of Snively Elementary School in Eloise was accomplished out of the social spotlight and was an utterly amazing difference maker for so many young ones. He made certain there were books, supplies, food and festivities come holidays for our most precious assets.

Bruce was blessed on so many levels and he exploited his numerous gifts to make our community a better place. His heart’s values were inspirational. Thank goodness his beloved family shared him with us.

Jim DeGennaro
March 23, 2021
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