Aug. 26, 1920 – Oct. 11, 2012
Erhard Rudolph Bach of Orchard Park, whose long career included stints as an engineer, manufacturer’s representative and jeweler, died Oct. 11 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 92.
Born in Germany, he came to the United States with his family when he was 3. He graduated from Buffalo Technical High School and earned a degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
On his first job with Blaw-Knox in Buffalo, he helped install the first commercial Cool Whip machinery at the Birds Eye plant in Avon.
Leaving Blaw-Knox in the 1960s, Mr. Bach joined with two partners in the CBM Equipment Corp., which represented manufacturers of food and beverage processing machinery. In 1986, when he semiretired from CBM, he established Robertson and Bach Jewelers opposite Southgate Plaza in West Seneca.
He retired completely when CBM closed in 1995.
He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
In 1992, he spent more than four months traveling around the world as a passenger on a container ship.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Lina Monaco Cipriani; two stepdaughters, Sandy Hope and Joanne Corlet; and a stepson, Joseph Cipriani.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park.