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Volume XXIII, Number 4711
Monday, May 19, 2008

Parks Mourns The Loss Of John Bachman

John Bachman
John Bachman

We are saddened to announce that Bronx Chief of Operations John Bachman passed away the evening of May 16.

Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, “John was the quintessential Parkie -- he lived and breathed parks for 32 years and was absolutely devoted to the parks and their users. He was a tough and demanding manager, but he had a soft spot for his family and was dedicated to making better parks for the people of the Bronx. He left us far too early and he will be deeply missed by the entire Parks family.”

Bronx Commissioner Hector Aponte said, “John was a gentle giant whose intensity came from his deep concern and love for Parks. His presence will be greatly missed by the Bronx team.”

Manhattan (and former Bronx) Commissioner Bill Castro said, “John was a happy, impishly funny and kind man who was very thoughtful about life and kind to all he encountered. He was the best friend anyone could want and the consummate professional Parkie because of his warmth and devotion to his wonderful Suzanne and children and because he had a dedication few of us ever achieve.”

Queens (and former Bronx) Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said, “John was a man of great character, strong in his convictions and true to his beliefs. He was deeply committed to his family, to his friends, to his faith and to Parks. Often in the haste of getting a Parks job done and moving on to the next John would take pause and encourage me and others to stop and take in the wonders of the world around us. I cherish those moments. John was my friend and my heart is heavy with his passing.”

John grew up in Kingsbridge Valley in the Bronx and attended Cardinal Hayes High School and Baruch College. While in college, John began his 32-year career with Parks & Recreation as a Seasonal Park Helper for Coney Island and Manhattan Beaches during three summers. He joined the agency full-time as a Park Service Worker with the Bronx Garage on May 11, 1981 where he worked at the Van Cortlandt Pool and the Bronx Auto Repair Shop, and then worked with Operations and Management Planning. From 1985 to 1995, John filled many roles in Manhattan Parks, and was the Principal Parks Supervisor as Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy began the management renaissance that would help New York City reclaim and restore Central Park.

In 1995, John became the Deputy Chief of Operations for Manhattan and in 1996, he returned to the Bronx as Deputy Chief of Operations. Then, in 2002, he was promoted to Chief of Operations in the Bronx. For more than a decade, John has led the charge for the vast improvement in Bronx park conditions. Dedicated and good humored, John has been a stalwart of Parks & Recreation and a leader in the Bronx.

John is survived by his wife, Suzanne (a former Parkie), and their two children, Claire and Kevin.

The wake will be held at:
Riverdale on Hudson Funeral Home (6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx) on
Monday, May 19 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on
Tuesday, May 20 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The funeral mass will be held at:
The Church of the Visitation (160 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx) on
Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him
behind the veil.”

John Taylor
(1753 – 1824)

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