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. Nancy Emmett says:

    I’m not sure if I met Herman or not; but I feel that I know him by all the wonderful stories and family events told to us by Ann. Each day will get more tolerable as the days pass and you will be left with all the wonderful memories and less of the pain.
    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Ann and family,
    Words cannot tell you how much we love you and how sad we are about Herman. As the days follow you are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Much love and sympathy,
    Pat & Mike

  3. Reggie Wyman says:

    Dear Ann, So sorry for your great loss. I’m sure you and your family will miss Herman forever.
    My prayers and love to the Bak and Williams family.

  4. It wasn’t long after we met at Rainbow that Herman came into your life, Ann. I know how much he meant to you and your family. From one that has lost loved ones, I can tell you the hurt feelings do get better with time and then the wonderful memories stay forever. I found work as my solace in the past and I know that will be your salvation too.

  5. We will remember Herman as he was. He is still with us in that magnificent spirit and always will be. We cherish the friendship, the encouragement, the support and the affection he had for his family and all those dear to him. People come into our lives for a REASON. Believe it, it is real, whether it is for a lifetime, or only for a season.

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