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.

No Events & Services

No Charities & Donations

No Gallery Photos

No Videos

23 responses to Herman Bak

  1. Don Bucknam says:

    So sorry Ann, you are so lucky to have such a friend for so long a time. Be very grateful, sorry…Don

  2. Jan Navta says:

    Oh Ann, I was so saddened to hear that Herman had complications from his surgery. You had just told me that the Doctor said to go ahead with plans for your trip. I was so hopeful for you and Herman. I can’t imagine the loss you are feeling. Please let me know if I can do anything to make things just a little easier for you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. Ann, I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones. I had the pleasure…and I really mean pleasure to meet Herman on a number of ocassions. He was always a loving and funny man who took every opportunity to joke and make people laugh and have fun. This is how I will always remember my experiences with your wonderful man. He must have been special for you to be with him all these years. With love and prayers always,
    John Palazzolo

  4. So sorry for your loss. Talk with friends and with family about all things. It really does help. Love you Ann.

  5. Dear Ann and family,
    Life can be so hard sometimes, but we want you to know that we are deeply saddened about Herman, and we send you our love and support.
    Much Love, Mary Ann and Mike Brigandi

Leave A Condolence

Choose a Candle