Bjorn G. Bache, 83, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an employee of the Wissahickon Skating Club for more than 40 years, died March 2 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Va.

Until his retirement in 2001, Mr. Bache had been a familiar presence at the skating club. A certified refrigeration engineer, he managed the cooling equipment, maintained the ice and operated the skate shop.

Cathy Coyle Romano, a former skating instructor at the club, said Mr. Bache “kept the best ice, not only in Philadelphia but in the country.”

He was born in Princeton and attended high school in Trenton. During the Korean War he served in the Navy.

He and his wife, the former Carol King, had lived in Chestnut Hill for 44 years before moving to Virginia Beach, Va., in 2002.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bache is survived by a son, Christopher; a daughter, Lori Bacon, and two grandchildren. A sister, Gloria Hendrickson, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held March 9 in Virginia Beach, with interment in Rosewood Memorial Park in that city. – WF