Herman Bak

Herman Bak

December 09, 1934 - May 22, 2011


Herman Bak
December 9, 1934 – May 22, 2011

Herman passed away due to complications from his 3rd lung cancer surgery. He was born in Holland.

Herman and his sister, Kitty, were separated and put into hiding during WWII for five years. They survived but lost 62 members of their family in the Holocaust. After the war, they were sent to Israel on the ship ‘Exodus’ and lived on a Kibbutz. Herman served in the Israeli Navy and fought in the Gaza Strip War. In his 20’s he returned to Holland and founded a very successful clothing business, Habak International. He sold his company and retired before the age of 50. Herman emigrated to California in 1981.

He is survived by the love of his life of twenty years, Ann Williams; two children from a previous marriage, son Ilan Bak Karin and daughter Vivian Bak Monique; and his older sister Kitty Bak Jo. Herman was like a Father to Ann’s children Claire Craig Robert and Scott Williams Christina. Herman was the greatly loved Opa to Ann’s grandchildren Alex, Trevor and Ashleigh Craig, and Amanda and Hailey Williams. Herman was loved by everyone he knew for his kindness and sense of humor. He was adored by his family and his passing leaves a void in our hearts forever.

Private Services for the family will be held at El Toro Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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23 responses to Herman Bak

  1. We only knew Herman briefly but enjoyed his company when visiting my sister Kitty in California. We know how much he will be missed by his adoring love Ann, and family. Our prayers are with you all.

    Richard and Clara Sumner

  2. Allyson says:

    Dear Ann,
    You have loved and been with Herman for as long as I have known you. I know what a terrible loss this is for you.Remember the good times. You shared a wonderful gift of love. That love will carry you thru, Herman would not want you to be sad. Your friend, Allyson

  3. Dear Ann and family we continue to think of you as you endure this great loss to your family tree.

  4. Beth Coombs says:

    Ann, My prayers are with you in this time of loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Herman twice and he was a man after my own heart, full of joy and humor. I pray for strength and peace for you and your family as you go through your grieving process.

  5. Ann, Claire and family: please accept my deepest condolences on Herman’s passing. What a remarkable man, who endured so much, and loved so much. I know you feel blessed to have had him in your life. You’re right Ann: God saved him for you. Peace,

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