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Thanks to Jamie Dupuis for allowing us to share his gift of music

In loving memory of Jim Baker who passed away at Maison McCulloch Hospice on Friday, January 19, 2018 of prostate cancer at the age of 89, surrounded by his loving family. Jim is survived by his beloved wife Stella (nee Zabawa) of Sudbury and his children Doug (Lori) of Hagensborg BC, Tom (Daphne), Deanna (Rob), grandson Trevor and step-granddaughters Sophie and Callie, all of Toronto. He also leaves behind his sister Marjorie of St. Albert AB. Jim was born in Toronto and joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17. He trained at Moncton NB and worked as a radio operator in Frobisher Bay NU, Esquimalt BC, and other locations. He returned to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto, before moving to Sudbury where he met and married Stella 59 years ago. Jim subsequently attended Teachers College in Toronto, came back to Sudbury to teach, and was then a principal at several area schools for 25 years. Over the years, Jim enjoyed many canoe trips with his sons and colleagues. Jim and Stella enjoyed cross country skiing and snow shoeing, as well as hiking and touring Canada from coast to coast. Upon retiring 28 years ago, Jim and some of his friends built a camp for the family on the French River where everyone enjoyed years of saunas and the bountiful vegetable gardens he planted. Another favourite pastime for Jim and Stella on the French was listening to, watching and identifying the many visiting birds, including the loons. Jim and his family extend their thanks to all of the staff and volunteers at Maison McCulloch Hospice for their loving and dedicated care and for the support provided to the family. At Jim’s request there will be no visitation or service. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so to the Maison McCulloch Hospice in Jim’s name. No flowers please. Arrangements entrusted to Simple Wishes of the North. (705) 470-7070

Condolence Messages

  1. Joanne Vainio

    21 January 2018 2 years ago


    We want to extend our condolences to you at this difficult time. We are sorry to hear hear of Jim’s passing. We hope you can take comfort in all the happy times you have had with friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    It will be very different not seeing Jim working on his garden on the French as I walk by your camp.

    Joanne and Jorma Vainio

  2. Tanis McLeod

    22 January 2018 2 years ago

    I was sorry to hear of Mr. Baker’s passing. I have so many fond memories of your family! My thoughts are with you at this time. Eilish, Linda and Darlene have asked me to pass along their condolences as well.

  3. Vasco Piccinin

    27 January 2018 2 years ago

    I am very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I always found Jim to be a quiet, sincere and honest gentleman. No doubt that he will be sorely missed. Please accept my thoughts and prayers for Jim and all the family.

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