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January 27, 1941 ~ September 7, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Edmund Bak, also known as Edmundo, Fast Eddy, Edmundasorus and the Candy Man, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother. Edmund was born on January 27, 1941 in New York City to Polish Immigrants. As a child Edmund spent most of his childhood in Philadelphia. During his early teens he moved to a rural part of Felton, Delaware.
Edmund had a keen mind, deep understanding of finance, economics, and geo-politics. He met the love of his life M. Marie Bak and married her July 19, 1963. They met while attending University (BYU-Provo) while he was in the ROTC. Edmund joined the Air Force, then branched into the Intelligence Community OSI and DIA. In this capacity Edmund served overseas in various Eastern European Cities/Countries during the height of the “Cold War.” He was fluent in English, Polish, German, Latin, and Russian.
After nearly a decade abroad he transferred back to Washington, DC where he finished his MBA in Finance from American University using his G.I. Scholarship. Following government service, Edmund transitioned into the private sector joining the First National Bank of Chicago, opening the first western bank in a post-war communist country –Warsaw, Poland (which was part of the Soviet Union and occupied by the Russians). After he left the bank; he joined Harnischfeger Corporation, a multinational firm in Germany. Edmund held several senior executive positions. Transferring back to the states, Edmund joined Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was a senior executive. Edmund was also an adjunct professor at the University of St Thomas, and a consultant for several private equity firms.
Throughout his adult life Edmund served in various callings and leadership positions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most recently, Edmund J Bak was a Temple Sealer. In this capacity, he had the privilege of officiating over 100 weddings, including his Granddaughter’s Krissie (Devin) Gerrard.
Edmund would want to be most remembered for his volunteer service, his roles as husband, father, grandfather, his love of sailing, walking on the beach, tennis, and his deep love and appreciation for animals.
Edmund leaves behind his wife of 59 years, M. Marie Bak, his two children: E. Scott Bak (Debbie) & Dirk A Bak (Evonne) and his six grandchildren: Krissie Gerrard (Devin), Tyler Bak (Silati), Katie Bak, Jaxon Bak, Liv Bak, Cooper Bak; and his two great grandchildren: Kade Gerrard & Nolan Gerrard.
In typical fashion, Edmund made us promise we would not hold a wake or funeral for him. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 am EST Wednesday September 14th 2022 at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Garden Cemetery.
We love you dad, your guiding hand on our shoulders will remain with us forever.