Celebration of Life Reception
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home
251 Garafraxa St, Chatsworth ON
Jim Baker sings "I'll Leave This World Loving You"
James "Jim" Albert Baker
March 17, 1932 - January 18, 2019
Baker, James "Jim" Albert – Jim Baker of Chatsworth, passed away peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Markdale on Friday January 18 2019, surrounded by his adoring family, at the age of 86. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his first wife Isabell Tiffin (nee Hines), and their children Brenda Scott (Richard), Allan Baker (Cindy), Bonnie Bartley (Clayton), Barbara McMillan (Doug), and Debbie Bird (Len). Predeceased by his second wife Linda Baker (nee Vaughan) and survived by their children Chris Baker (Melanie), and Jamie Baker (Mindy). Jim will be affectionately remembered by 13 precious grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as by many beloved nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by the Vaughan family members. Jim is also predeceased by his parents Albert and Mary Baker (nee Griffin) and by his four brothers and four sisters.
Jim enjoyed life to the fullest; “work hard, play hard!” In the early '50's, Jim worked as a finisher at the RCA factory in Owen Sound. In his spare time, he built several small recreational boats, learned to fly small aircraft's and owned a Piper Cub. In the 60's, he started a family country and western band (Jimmy's Lakeview Ramblers), entertaining at many anniversaries, weddings and parties throughout Grey and Bruce counties. Jim was a founding member of the Glendale Yacht Club at William's Lake (1956 – 2019), member of the United Church, and was a custodian and bus driver at Holland-Chatsworth School from 1965 until his retirement in 1992. Being an avid sportsman, Jim excelled in any sport he tried: especially swimming, diving, skating, water-skiing, downhill skiing, hockey, bowling and curling. He continued to play 18 holes of golf and fished regularly until his health deteriorated four years ago. Most importantly, Jim loved and was proud of his family and friends. He loved to entertain with his guitar, singing many of the classic country tunes. His home was filled with music, laughter, and love.
Cremation has taken place and arrangements have been entrusted to Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home, Chatsworth Ontario. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at the Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home, Saturday February 2, 2019, from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. If desired, donations to Grey-Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.garafraxahillfuneral.com