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Gary leaves to mourn his wife Carolyn, his children, Scott, Allison, Sara (Mike), and Max, his grandchildren, Ben, Joe, Ava, Sadie and Zach, and his brothers, Randy, Tim and Rob. Also mourning his loss are his in-laws, Lila, Sherry (Joe), and Laurie (Terrie), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father Anne and Charles Bachman, and father-in-law Harry Stein.
Gary grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. He had many great memories of being surrounded by loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was an unapologetic supporter of the city. He believed it was the best place in the world to live.
As a young man, Gary wore many hats - he was a short order cook at Sal's, a record rep, a boat show promoter and a band manager to name a few. In the mid-1970s he found not only his life partner in Carolyn, but his calling and passion for real estate. Selling real estate allowed him to tap into his love of people and the art of making the deal. His work ethic was second to none and quickly he built a reputation that lasted a lifetime. His tenacity and infectious personality made him an icon in the Winnipeg Real Estate Community. He was enormously proud of his career and was equally proud of the family he created at Century 21 Bachman and Associates. He will be sadly missed by his co-workers and clients alike.
Gary had many passions, first and foremost his family. Family came first - and he was the world's greatest grandfather. He was able to have a special relationship with each of his five grandchildren.
Gary touched the lives of many. He was larger than life - a huge presence, and the life of any gathering. He was a great storyteller and an even better joke teller. He will be sadly and profoundly missed.
Gary passed at the lake, his favourite place.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
My sincere condolences to the Bachman family. Your father helped me with my house when I was going through my divorce. I will never forget his kindness and wanted no money for his service. Thank you and God bless you - Posted by: Chad (Client) on: Aug 20, 2020
Firstly, my condolences to the family. Gary sold my husband and I two of our homes in Winnipeg and definitely had a way with him. We enjoyed every minute spent with him. He was instrumental in my being appointed as Controller of the Dodge dealership. I thank him for that. He will be missed. - Posted by: Bonnie Kasper (Client, employer) on: Jul 27, 2020
My deepest condolences Max to you and your family on the passing of your father and loved one. I enjoyed my conversations with him during your year in Kindergarten at BH, as well as the times I spoke with Gary over the years. He was well liked by so many. With sympathy, John Milani - Posted by: John Milani (Max's former teacher) on: Jul 27, 2020
I worked with Gary when he was at Canadian News in the magazine and book distribution business. I followed his success in real estate, somehow I just knew he would do well in life. - Posted by: Doug Lovegrove (Work friend ) on: Jul 26, 2020
SO, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. GARY WAS A KIND AND CARING PERSON ESPECIALLY TO ME AND MY ADOPTED GRANDSON ZACHARY. GARY WAS ALWAYS SUPPORTIVE AND TRUSTING TO ME AS FORMER SUPERINTENDENT. ZACH WAS VERY HEARTBROKEN TO HERE GARY HAD PASSED, HE SAID IT BEST MR. BACHMAN WAS ALWAYS SO NICE AND KIND TO ME. OUR LOVE AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. KEN AND ZACHARY GRZEBENIAK. - Posted by: KEN GRZEBENIAK (FRIEND AND FORMER SUPERINTENDENT) on: Jul 26, 2020
My condolences to the family; although our companies were competitors (Bachman vs. Royal Lepage), I always had great respect of him. - Posted by: Glenn Ponomarenko (Real Estate college) on: Jul 25, 2020
Gary was a friend... I got to home way back when he was a record/music rep when I was in broadcasting at CFRW. Although I was in news and sports and really had no connection with Music.... I got to know Gary. We often had coffee in the restaurant downstairs. Just good old guy time. Super guy... Condolences to all.🙏👍😇‼️ - Posted by: Ron Hill (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020
Grew up in the same neighborhood on Smithfield, Carolyn I think we went to G.C. Together. We had a typing class together a sometime if you remember at Kildonan park in the north field with many other kids. Was your maiden name Kansuric could be wrong spelling, anyway sorry to hear of Gary’s passing he was a great guy! - Posted by: Robert Everett (Friends ) on: Jul 25, 2020
We are all so very sorry for the loss of your Husband..Father & Grandfther Mrs. Bachman & Family.... Gary was always very kind to us all & a real character in his own right! We will miss him & his sense of humor which made us laugh on more than one occasion. Shalom Gary..you will be missed! With Sympathy to ALL! Jim & Family - Posted by: Jim Baxted (Doorman ) on: Jul 25, 2020
Gary sold one of my buildings in 2002. I only met him once and he was very nice and funny as well. I had just finished reading his brothers Biography and when I spoke about the book, he had "No comment." He will be missed by everyone. - Posted by: Michael Mark (friend) on: Jul 25, 2020
RIP Gary I know you will be missed. - Posted by: Barrie Cooke (Acquaintance ) on: Jul 25, 2020
So sad to hear of Gary's passing. My sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Leanne Holmberg (Client) on: Jul 25, 2020
Gary and I used to meet up at dances in the North end, and had many fun evenings hanging out. I moved to California in 1968, but when my mother passed in 2007, we came back to Winnipeg to handle her affairs. Finding out that Gary was a realtor, I reached out to him to sell the family home, the one that I grew up in since 1948. It was great to connect once again. So sorry to hear about his sudden passing. Deep condolences. Darlene Miller-Bearde - Posted by: Darlene M Bearde (school chum and dancing partner) on: Jul 25, 2020
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