Mel Bacher Family Fund

Mel Bacher Family Fund

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Melvin Stuart Bacher, 81, died peacefully, Sunday, June 7, 2015 in Walnut Creek following a 16+ year fight with Parkinson’s Disease.  He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Barbara Jacobson Bacher; his daughters Anne and Elizabeth, his son Michael (Cynde) Bacher, his 2 grandchildren, Emily and Alex, and his brother Alan (C.C) Bacher.   

Mel was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School and FIT.  After 2 years in the Army, serving in Wurzburg, Germany, he began a career in the apparel industry.  He moved to Milwaukee, WI in 1961 where he would meet his future wife, Barbie, and they would start their family.

In 1975, the Bacher family moved to Walnut Creek when Mel took a job with Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Five years later, in the early 80’s, Mel moved into financial services beginning a 19 year career with Dean Witter, later Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He retired in 1999.  His passions included time with family and friends, honing his skills on the racquetball court, the golf course, and in art classes, travelling the world with Barbie, family and friends, serving in Walnut Creek Rotary, where he was president from 1989-1990, and capturing slices of life while holding a sketchpad.

The Bacher family established the Mel Bacher Family Fund to honor a wonderful husband, father and grandfather – and to help others who are living with Parkinson's. After his diagnosis, Mel was determined to live life to the fullest and continued to enjoy the things he loves most, including his artwork, traveling the world and spending time with family and friends. Along the way, the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation was a wonderful resource for information, advocacy and support. It was Mel's hope that this fund could help other families like ours to navigate through their own journey with Parkinson's.

"We love you Dad!" – The Bacher Family


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