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Oct. 6, 1946 — Jan. 20, 2020
Dr. Gary Henry Bachara of Wilson passed away on Jan. 20, 2020.
The visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive.
A graveside service with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at Maplewood Cemetery, 400 College St, Wilson. The Rev. Charles Robl will officiate.
He was born Oct. 6, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, with a proud Polish Catholic heritage and attended the parochial schools in Detroit. He attended the Sacred Heart Seminary and subsequently graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1964. His varsity football team won the state Catholic championship in his senior year. This win afforded the team a chance to play for the final state championship at Briggs Stadium in Detroit on Nov. 22, 1963, the date of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Gary was fortunate to receive a football scholarship to Michigan State University, his favorite Big 10 School. He interrupted his studies in 1965 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After active duty in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1968 as a sergeant.
Returning home from service, he enrolled in Wayne State University and received a BA in psychology in 1970. He graduated and went on to Radford University in Virginia and received his master’s and a Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, magna cum laude, in 1974.
He began his practice in clinical psychology in Virginia Beach in 1974 and subsequently moved to Wilson in 1976 and began working with the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf and then Carolina Clinic. He started private practices in Wilson, Clinton and Goldsboro.
He was a funny and quiet man with strong convictions who enjoyed college football, golf, basketball and riding his bike. He especially loved racquetball and excelled at local and state championship tournaments. He was happiest as a gourmet cook in the kitchen. He took great pride in preparing traditional Polish meals on holidays. Gary always looked forward to taco nights and spending time with the ‘jolly boys.” He enjoyed dock diving and playing with his beloved golden retrievers, Tango and Taffy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Pam Barrett Bachara of the home; stepdaughter, Erica; and granddaughter, Savannah of Wilson; and his son, Mark (Laura) of Southport. He had a special and deep regard for his extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia Kalinowski and Henry Bachara; and brother Jerry Bachara.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be to The Maggie Society of Wilson Inc., 606 Trinity Drive W., Wilson, NC 27893 or The Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 37156 Raleigh, NC 27627.
Special thanks for the support of my family, friends and the Community Home Care and Hospice of Swansboro.
Arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive N., Wilson, www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.