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BACHMANN, Phillip

BACHMANN, Phillip

April 16, 1928 - August 29, 2022

A longtime East Kelowna orchardist has passed away. It is with profound sadness that we, the Bachmann Family, announce the death of our husband/father and grandfather Phil Bachmann, at age 94.

Pops, as he was affectionately known, was born in Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan on April 16, 1928. His family moved to the Okanagan Valley in 1929 via train and sternwheeler, and he resided in Kelowna for the rest of his life. Though his mind was still sharp, Phil passed away peacefully on August 29, 2022.

Phil grew up on pastures and orchards in Kelowna, Rutland and Ellison. He loved drawing and music, and learned to play the accordion while still a young boy. As a child and youth, Phil worked on the family farms growing vegetables and apples, and tending to cows and horses.

As a young man, Phil transferred his knowledge of farming equipment to become a D8 Operator, and worked on the construction of several major transportation projects. These include Deas Island Tunnel (George Massey Tunnel); the Coquihalla Highway; Highway 93 between Banff and Radium Hot Springs; the original Port Mann Bridge; and the original Okanagan Lake Bridge (Kelowna Floating Bridge). In 1951, at age 23, Phil bought an orchard on East Kelowna Road.

Phil met Gerti Culos through friends on New Year’s Eve 1954. They fell in love, and married on April 30, 1956. In the early days of their marriage, they had a house trailer that they would tow to different construction camps around the province. As their family grew, they settled back onto the property in East Kelowna. They acquired neighbouring farms, and were eventually able to move into the Reid House. They grew apples, cherries and grapes, and were active members of the East Kelowna farming community.

Maintaining the farm involved the whole family, but the Bachmanns were happy and made time for fun. They had pets, horses, mini-bikes, and snowmobiles. Pops owned a 1953 Willys Jeep, which he would pile the family into for camping trips and other mountain adventures. He also went on hunting trips for elk and moose. Pops loved to document these outings on his Super 8 camera.

In the early ‘60s, Phil and Gerti formed the Kelowna Bavarian Alpine Dance group, and they performed at events and parades across British Columbia and Alberta. Pop’s outfit included lederhosen and a traditional Bavarian hat with many pins, feathers, and mountain goat hair. He continued to wear the hat throughout his life, almost every time he left the house — whether on vacation, or while mowing the lawn.

Things changed in the mid-60s when Phil developed a complex illness. Initially given 3 months to live, he was sick on and off for the rest of his life. Although Phil had many surgeries and was hospitalised often, Phil and Gerti continued enjoying life to the fullest that they could. They travelled all throughout Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and North America. Their farms were slowly sold off over the subsequent decades, and they built a home on their last small acreage on East Kelowna Road.

This move ushered in a new era for the Bachmanns. Pops enjoyed barbecuing for family and friends, and playing the accordion during holiday gatherings. He fixed up the old Willys Jeep and showed it off alongside his John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. He devoured books and became an amateur historian on aviation, WW1 and WW2. Pops loved looking out over the hillside, and watching the quail and deer run by. He and Gerti would often take afternoon drives around South-East Kelowna, and watch the sunsets together. Pops was always surrounded by his adult children and grandchildren. He loved cracking jokes and the house was filled with his laughter. He would laugh so loud after telling his own jokes, that he would miss your reaction and have to ask, “did you get it?”

In 2019, Phil and Gerti moved into a smaller house on a creek in Downtown Kelowna. He enjoyed watching wildlife in the backyard, and sitting out in the sun. He discovered YouTube in his later life, and would watch hours of Bavarian dancing and accordion music every day.

Pops is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Gerti, children Brenda (Dave), Darlene (Richard), Brent (Pam), Constance, and grandchildren Brit (Ryan) and Tyler. Pops is predeceased by his parents, Balthasar and Katherina, and siblings Celeste, Edward and Rosa.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Phil’s compassionate caregivers and nurses. Special thank you to Doctors Watson and Baliski, and to family 'angel' Dallas.

There will be a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please keep our family in your thoughts, and express your love to those you value.


Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/bachmann-phillip
Condolence Messages
  • Sep 19, 2022
    Mrs. Bachman and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Bachmann's passing. I have fond memories of him coming to visit mom and dad and talking strategy when dealing with the city/province on the East Kelowna Road allowance issue! I remember Mr. Bachmann had a fantastic laugh as well, and he would always wave while driving by in his cool white jeep in the hills of East Kelowna.
    Take care Mrs. Bachmann...you were the best bus driver us East Kelowna kids ever had!
    Amy Cooke nee: Jaschinksy
    - Amy Cooke
  • Sep 19, 2022
    GERTI, sorry for your loss. Phil had a long, successful lfe. Lots of happy memories to hold onto.
    Brenda, Darlene, hang onto the fun times.
    Rat Trudeau. - Ray trudeau
  • Sep 19, 2022
    Dear Gerti and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was a lively and caring man. I am so happy to have met him. He will be greatly missed. Your good friend Maggie - Margaret McGowan
  • Sep 18, 2022
    To Brent and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Sending hugs of love.
    Brian and Sandy Miller.
  • Sep 18, 2022
    Gerti and Family…we are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. We enjoyed his sense of humour, and so many hunting stories. Such a wonderful man and he will be missed by all whose life he touched.
    Karl and Judy Krissler
  • Sep 18, 2022
    Hi Gerti & Brenda, and family. Sorry to learn of your husband and friend/father’s passing. He sounds like quite a character. I’m sure you’ll miss him terribly. Wish I had gotten to meet him. Claudia Steeves - Claudia Steeves
  • Sep 17, 2022
    Sincere condolences Bachmann Family.
    May he rest in peace & cherish your memories.
    All the best, Mike Geddes & family.
    - Mike Geddes
  • Sep 17, 2022
    Gerri & family; oh, I am so very sorry for your loss, such a fine human. Love by all.
    Patricia Kelly - Patricia Kelly
  • Sep 17, 2022
    So sorry to hear about Phil's passing. My thoughts are with you all.
    - Frits Verkerk
  • Sep 16, 2022
    I`m reminded of the many stories Phil would tell over the days and weeks spent in his company. I loved playing guitar while he played the accordian too. I remember his relationship advice fondly, the countless gut laughs and he danced until he couldn`t. He was my second Dad and I will truly miss him. Condolences to the Bachmann family. Much love and prayers - Dallas Laboucane Hill
  • Sep 16, 2022
    sorry to hear of Phil's passing .. my thoughts are with you Pat Mulligan - pat mulligan
  • Sep 16, 2022
    Gerti Brenda Darlene so sorry to hear of your loss of another pioneer of Kelowna you will miss him a lot your friend and butcher Don Favell - Don Favell
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Dear Aunty Gerti and Family,
    My heart is with you. I've so many fond memories of spending summers in the country. Was at the highlight of the year. Picking cherries, riding Daisy, mini bikes. Yes, Uncle Phil always made you feel special. And his music filled the house with joy. I can see his broad smile as he smiled often. Blessed Be, Uncle Phil and Peace be with you. Karin Whittaker
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Gerti & family
    We were saddened to hear of Phil's passing. Your family has played such a big part of the East Kelowna history. He will be missed by so many but none more than you. Sending you our deepest condolences and caring thoughts & prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Jo-Ann & Rob Redlich - Jo-Ann Redlich
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Dear Gerti and family.. very sorry for you loss. Phil was a very nice man. I enjoyed talking to him when i "visited". - Kurt the bug guy
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Gerti and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Will aways remember his great sense of humour and infectious laugh on those weekends spent with the canoe club on our river trips. Phil was always there to tend the camp and help with the cooking.
    Gord and Maureen Savage - Gordon Savage
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Dear Gertie, Constance, Brenda, Brent and Darlene - I have fond memories of Phil and family gatherings during my childhood, and would like to send deep condolences from all my family.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Mary Bazzana and family - Mary Bazzana
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Pops was well loved and he certainly would have known it, with all the fun and amazing things you did together as a family! I’m sorry for your loss, it’s always tough, but hopefully you can take some comfort in all of the beautiful times you had together! - Sandra Craig
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Dear Gerti and family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. While I never met Phil, it sounds like he was a wonderful man. That’s such a lovely tribute written about him. You’re all in our thoughts at this sad time.
    Kathy and Jeff Hattrick - Kathy Hattrick
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Dear Gerti,
    I am so sad to hear about Phil's passing. I thought of you often while you went on your trip to England, and wondered when I'd be coming back to see you and Phillip again. I am so sorry for your loss and after reading his beautiful obituary I realised how l much I still did not know about this lovely man. He was one of my favorites, Im not shy to admit. He will be missed and I'll miss seeing you as well. Please take care of yourself, and thank you for your immense kindness. May he rest in peace. Teresa. ( IHA) - Teresa Seidel
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Gerti and family my condolences to all of you for the loss of Phil.
    Marge Leier - Marge Leier
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Brent, Brenda, Darlene and Family:
    I had never met Mr. Bachmann but I have the pleasure of knowing 3 of his 4 children and their families. Sending you my thoughts,prayers, and hugs to you and your family during this difficult time. - Izabel Santos
  • Sep 15, 2022
    My sincere condolences to Gerti and the family in the passing of Phil. May his memories live forever in your hearts. He was a charismatic personality and will be remembered for his fun and laughter. Much love. Erika OReilly Dtr-(Regina Koetz (nee Bachmann) - Erika
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Gerti and Family
    Sorry for your loss, my Condolences to you all, that you remember, and cherish all the good times.R.I.P. Phil.
    Marlene Kish {nee Roy} - Marlene Kish
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Mr. Bachmann was such a respectful person to young and old and very interested in what you were up to , our two families go back a long way . He was very passionate about agriculture. We are proud to have known him .
    he will be missed
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and Lina Rampone - Domenic Rampone
  • Sep 15, 2022
    Brent and family
    So sorry to hear of your fathers passing, I didn’t know him, but it sounded like he had lived a wonderful life, my thoughts go out to you and your family,
    Tim & Fran Ansell - Tim Ansell
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti, Brenda, Darlene, Brent, Constance and all the family. What a wonderfully written tribute to Phil. Such great memories and stories that you will all, always treasure. Sending you warm thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace. - Heather Favali
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and family. I've just learned of Phil's passing and am sending condolences to all of you from my family. Donna Nicholas - Donna Nicholas
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. - Jacqueline
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gertie and family, we are sorry to hear the news. We are so happy to have known Phil. Having lived near by and been known by Gertie back in her school bus driving days at the age of 12 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work changing sprinklers row to row in the orchard. I was in awe at that cool Willys jeep with the flathead Ford V8. I think it had a fair bit to do with my future career! At 15 he would bring me things to fix and worked on Phil’s vehicles at the shop for years until he stopped driving. Phil was one of our longest running customer and we shared many laughs over the years. I will truly miss his laugh! As it turns out we ended up having a family connection through Corinne’s family and Ed. Old small town Kelowna history! We are thinking of you all at this time.. Trent and Corinne Karius - Trent and Corinne Karius
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Mrs.Bachmann, Brenda, Darlene, Brent & Constance.
    I'm so very sorry to hear of your husband's, father and grandfather's passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Treasure all the wonderful memories. Love Laurie Graf - Laurie Graf
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you all.
    Heather Bauer - Heather Bauer
  • Sep 14, 2022
    I am so sorry for your loss.Phil had such a infectious smile and laugh.Deepest sympathy to the entire Bachman family.
    - Lisa Stregger(Grobowsky)
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti and Family,
    My condolences on Phil’s passing. I enjoyed my professional relationship with him immensely, I loved his sense of humour, calling a spade a spade and for His appreciation for the little things in life.
    - Kind Regards Yvette
  • Sep 14, 2022
    To the Bachmann family,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. He was such a dear man. I loved his visits to the Culos vineyard, the stories he would tell me and his wonderful laugh.
    My sincere and heartfelt condolences.
    Pam Stapleton - Pam Stapleton
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and Family, our heartfelt condolences to you. We will always remember when Phil played his beautiful accordion at our wedding back in 1999. How time flies! Sending hugs… Janie & Wayne - Janie Laroche
  • Sep 14, 2022
    So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Thinking of you. Judy and Arnie kotopski. - Judy Kotopski
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti and family,
    So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing.
    We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time.
    Leo and Jean Bulach - Jean Bulach
  • Sep 14, 2022
    My Dear Gerti, Brenda, Constance, Darlene and Brent
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Phil. I have heard so many funny stories and seen such great pictures of Pops that I feel like I knew him.
    Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you our deepest condolences.
    Linda and Simon - Linda Thomson
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti and family, so sad to read this. Sending our condolences to all of you. You have wonderful memories to cherish.
    - Brad & Lynda Baxter
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Shane Bellman, Gisele Jean - Shane Bellman
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti & family
    My sincere condolences to you all.
    RIP Phil
    Marguerite Stickland
    - Marguerite Stickland
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Thinking of your family at this time. I loved reading about Phil's life and your cherished memories.
    - Nicki and Roger Hokazono
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and Family
    So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. So many good Memories. Music and lots of laughter. Dancing and more laughter. You were blessed to have him for so long.
    sincerely Edithe Ross - Edithe Ross
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Getting, Brenda and the family,
    Our sincere thoughts are with you in the passing of Phil. Such a wonderful person in many ways . We send our sympathies to you and the family .
    Blessings
    Donald & Elena Schultz - Don schultz
  • Sep 14, 2022
    He sounded like a wonderful, hardworking man.
    My condolences to Brenda, Darlene and family - Peter Budge
  • Sep 14, 2022
    So sorry for your loss.
    Our heartfelt condolences to the family. - Gunner, Terry and the Jaschinsky family.
  • Sep 14, 2022
    September 14 To Gerti and family our condolences to you and your family So nice to have met yous in puerto Vallarta as we enjoyed our visits and meeting some of your family there Hope to see you again there our door is always open. Ray and Rita Penny. - Ray Penny
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gertie & family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. I am grateful for the short time “chilly “ Phil & I were friends . Always a smile even on the hardest of days, he was a pleasure to care for. Sending you all prayers & thoughts at this time. Thank you Gertie for the thoughtful gift…..Sheila - Sheila Strath
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti, Constance, Brenda, Darlene and Brent. Sending all of you hugs. Your husband/dad really was living example of perseverance. Such a funny man too. He will be missed and remembered fondly.
    Thinking of you. Christine - Christine Pinette
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Aunt Gerti and family. I remember being the "city cousin' and spending my summers roaming the Orchard. There was always laughter coming from the kitchen and the smell of fresh bread from the oven. Uncle Phil was so talented on the accordion and would entertain the family for hours. Always lots of love and laughter prevailed. Rest in peace Uncle Phil. - Celeste Whittaker
  • Sep 14, 2022
    I had met Phil in the early 90s when he was a regular at Tim Hortons in Rutland. He always had a big Joly smile and had the funniest stories. May he RIP he was always one of my favorites to come in. Black coffee and regular donut with a 10 cent tip. Lol. shannon - Shannon Welder
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti and family
    We are very sorry to hear of Phil's passing, there are so many memories from the years in East Kelowna it is hard to select just one. We send our deepest sympathies to you and the whole Bachman family.
    Richard and Jacqui Bullock - Ricard and Jacqui Bullock
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Gerti & family, I am so very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. His smile and kindness will be remembered. Sending you all huge hugs and love, Judy (Malen) & Ken Miletto - Judy (Malen) Miletto
  • Sep 14, 2022
    Dear Gerti and Family:
    So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing.
    Know that you are in our thought at this difficult time. - Ken and Agnes Howard
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