Joseph J. Bak, 91

CAPE ELIZABETH — Joseph J. Bak, 91, died Monday, April 29, 2013 with his daughter Lisa by his side.

He was born in Lewiston on March 29, 1922, a son of Ignace and Telka Smith Bak, attending local schools and graduating from Bowdion College, Class of 1950.

Joe served with the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and later went on to work for the Prudential Life Insurance Co., retiring as an insurance broker.

Joe and his late wife, Thelma, enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida and spending time at thier summer camp on Thomas Pond in Raymond. He enjoyed golf where he was a member of the Purpooduck Club, woodworking and especially maintaining his property in Cape Elizabeth and Thomas Pond. Joe was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. A daily regular at Rudy’s of the Cape, he enjoyed meeting his many friends, having his coffee poured before he sat down, being a member of the Rudy’s coffee club and his “political sarcasm.”

He attended Holy Cross Catholic Church of So. Portland and St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church of Cape Elizabeth. Joe was also known for his love of polish food. He had been a resident of Cape Elizabeth for over 65 years and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

His wife of 55 years, Thelma Barbre Bak, died in 2002.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa A. Bak of Cape Elizabeth; and his sister, Christine Pistaki of Falmouth Foreside.

At Joe’s request, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be in his memory to: The Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME 04092 or The Good Shepard Food-Bank, 111 Pine Tree Industrial Parkway, Portland, ME 04102 or The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, 279 River Rd., South Windham, ME 04062.

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