Baufeldt, James Robert (Jim)


We are deeply saddened to announce that Jim Baufeldt, beloved father, respected entrepreneur, master millworker and dear friend, passed away on the morning of April 4th, 2018, at his home surrounded by family, just as he had wished. He would have turned 82 on April 19th.

Jim is survived by his adoring daughter Heidi Baufeldt, the light of his life, and cherished son-in-law Roman Altmann as well as siblings Joan Zinn, Lois Howieson and Richard Baufeldt.

He is finally reunited with his late wife Maureen, who passed away in 2011.

Jim will be deeply missed as a local craftsman, an amusing story teller and historian, and patriarch of an entrepreneurial family. He will be fondly remembered as the man who built Violet Hill, putting the small hamlet on the map after restoring the three historic buildings that grace the family’s short stretch of Mono-Mulmur Townline, for igniting the folk art craze of the 80’s with Canadian Country Folk Art, and for opening two more family businesses that continue to serve the community 38 years later, Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant and Granny Taught Us How. His millwork mastery lives on in Roman who first learned the trade and picked up his high standards from years spent in Jim’s workshop. Roman was like a son to him.

Growing up in Stratford then Toronto, Jim started out as a boat builder and went on to establish a successful career in custom millwork and design before meeting Maureen and her daughter Heather, marrying Maureen and adding Heidi to the family, then moving to begin their adventures in Violet Hill in the early 1970s. The rest, as they say, is history.

Strong and stable, Jim’s easy-going character, warm personality and sense of humour formed the bedrock of Team Baufeldt. Although the management of the businesses had been turned over to Heidi years ago, he continued to make daily visits to the restaurant despite declining health to be in the company of his beloved daughter. Maureen was Jim’s love but Heidi was his light, his world. To Heidi, Jim was the man by which all others would be measured. They shared a rare and loving bond that was much more than the typical daddy’s girl affection. His caregivers felt sure that he would have departed much sooner if not for his reluctance to leave Heidi, his angel on earth.

The family would like to thank the nurses, caregivers, staff and friends who helped allow Jim to remain in the comfort of his home through his final months. A private celebration of his life will be arranged at a later date. Donations in support of research and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at the Lung Association are appreciated and can be made through Jack & Thompson Funeral Home, 318 Main Street East, Shelburne Ontario. 519-925-2830