Jim Kaufman

Rhody Family Funeral Home

James Lloyd was born at home, in Bentinck Township, on October 20, 1938 to parents Valentine and Caroline (Weidendorf) Kaufman. Jim was welcomed by older siblings Ruth, John "Jack", and was later followed by Edwin, Ivan, and Florence. The Kaufman family farmed on the 10th of Bentinck, where Jim attended school at Crawford School S.S. #9, in Bentinck as well. He later enrolled in Chesley District High School but in his own words attended "not very much!" Jim soon found work with Herb Miller at Welbeck Sawmill. In the years that followed, he spent time at Dirstein's Sawmill, New Life Feeds, and Interforest. It was during this time that Jim and Jack purchased a farm on Mulock Rd. from Keith Robinson.

In 1961, Jim attended a dance at Esquire (now Knights of Columbus Hall) outside of Hanover where he took a particular fondness to a young lady by the name of Mary Elizabeth Bartman. In time, the two began dating. Seven years later they were married on September 21, 1968 at the Mulock Baptist Church. Mary moved into the farmhouse with Jim. The couple welcomed their daughter Tracy in 1972. The Kaufman's moved off the farm and into their current home in December of 1978.

Jim switched career paths and began working towards becoming a plumber. He worked at Mechanical Plumbing & Heating in Hanover, before spending time with Dunc Gonder in Elmwood, with his final stop at Lang's Plumbing & Heating. Jim's big smile, happy demeanour and jokes, accompanied him wherever he went, making him a favourite with many of his clients. I am told his specialty was fixing pumps and there were few he couldn't fix in his day. Jim retired in 1998, at the age of 60.

When not busy with work Jim loved to play. In his younger years, he played a lot of baseball and hockey in the Chesley, Elmwood, and Hanover areas. In later years, rather than playing, Jim enjoyed watching these sports. He loved the Detroit Red Wings and watching Gordie Howe in his prime. In fact, the only reason Jim got a passport, was to head south of the border and take in a game of NHL hockey with Tracy, usually in Buffalo (Tracy's favourite team) or Detroit. Jim was also passionate about the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. Many hours were spent at the hunting hut on his father's property. Then there were also the fishing trips, often up north, usually in the Temagami area, with his life-long friend Walter. Tea Lake, in Algonquin, was another favourite destination of Jim's. Jim enjoyed "roughing it with the boys" but also found the time to camp with Mary and Tracy as well. He owned his own honey business "Jim's Honey" which he took over from his father. With any remaining time left, Jim enjoyed spending time in the garden or going on walks with Mary.

Jim and Mary enjoyed their involvement with the Elmwood Seniors during their retirement. He also loved listening to his country and bluegrass music and was very fond of dancing. If it wasn't sports on TV, Jim was usually catching up on the news. He never liked throwing things out and therefore usually had what you were looking for when in need. Over the years, he and Mary enjoyed many pets, but Joey, a beagle, was a favourite of Jim's.

He made many friends through the years when working in the plumbing business and was always known for his big smile! A few years ago, Jim was diagnosed with Lymphoma as well as starting to show signs of dementia. He remained upbeat and positive and with the love and support of Mary, lived out his remaining years at home, surrounded by friends and family. Jim loved attending the Day Away Program in Hanover as it provided him with outings and a fun, caring environment. His smiling face will be remembered by staff and other participants for years to come.

Sadly, Jim's health and strength had deteriorated in recent weeks, and a fall sent him to hospital. He passed away at Hanover & District Hospital on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 in his 82nd year.

Beloved husband of Mary (Bartman). Loving father of Tracy Mackey of Barrie. Jim will be dearly missed by his siblings Ruth Wolfe, John, both of Hanover, Edwin of R.R. #3 Elmwood, and Florence (Raymond) Weltz of R.R. #3 Ayton. He will be fondly remembered by the entire Kaufman and Bartman families. Jim was predeceased by his brother Ivan, great-nephew Owen MacPherson, and parents Valentine and Caroline (Weidendorf) Kaufman.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Bentinck Township on Friday, June 19, 2020. A public celebration of Jim's life will be held in the future when we can come together and share stories, laughter, and hugs.

Memorial donations to St. John's Lutheran Church or Hanover Day Away Program (please make cheques payable to HCSS) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Judy Perry
June 29, 2020
Mary, so sorry to hear about Jim. You and Tracy are in our thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathy. Doris McDougall and Judy.
Helen Becker
June 20, 2020
Thinking of you Mary and Tracy. Know you will miss Jim. Sending hugs to you as you mourn his loss
Marlene Kaufman
June 19, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary, Tracey & the Kaufman & Bartman families. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories of Jim. We will remember his big smile, love of country music, alway a joke or a story to tell. RIP Jim
Always remembered Marlene Kaufman, Morris Emke and our families
Alice Welsand
June 19, 2020
Sincere sympathy to the families
Desboro Agricultural Society
June 17, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Mary and family on their loss of Jim. Always enjoyed seeing him at our fair events.
Marion and Dean Leifso
June 17, 2020
I always had a good visit with Jim when he made a plumbing call at our farm. He had a twinkle in his eye, a devilish grin and was a friendly fellow. Our sympathy and prayers for Mary and the Kaufman family. Jim will be missed by our community.
Nancy von Richter
June 17, 2020
I always remember Jim with a joke and a big grin!
Christina Winkels
June 16, 2020
Mary, I`m so sorry to hear about Jim`s passing. We all enjoyed him so much at the Day Away. He`ll be missed by all.
Thinking of you!
Condolences to you and your family.
Don Doyle
June 16, 2020
My deepest sympathies Mary and Tracy. I'm sure glad I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Jim when i bought his bee hives. A nicer man I've never met. His work lives on and each time i work on his hives i think of him. Always in my thoughts.
Catherine & Barb Murdoch
June 16, 2020
Deepest sympathy.
Doreen McKay
June 16, 2020
Sending sincere sympathy to the family. Jim was always fun to meet at the reunions... always a little funny comment and a big smile.. will be missed by all. Sorry for your sadness.
Linda Schuknecht (Kaufman)
June 16, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathy to Mary and Tracy. I remember Jim with fond memories from the Kaufman reunions and times when we would visit back in the day when we lived in Bentinck. I remember his joking around and smile. Thinking of you both at this difficult time.

Linda (Kaufman), Jason, Joshua and Lukas Schuknecht
Donna(Hastie) Watke
June 15, 2020
Dear Mary & Tracy, my deepest sympathy in the passing of Jim. Will always remember his smile & teasing me whenever he got the chance.
Morley and Joyce Leifso
June 15, 2020
Sending our condolences to Mary and family during this difficult time. Jim will be missed.
Yvonne and Jim Witzke
June 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Mary and the family. Jim was a great guy and a mischievous fellow and will be greatly missed. Blessings and our condolences.
Diane McNichol-Byers
June 15, 2020
Mary , Tracy and the Kaufman Family My sincere and deepest sympathy in the passing of Jim. Always enjoyed visiting and meeting Jim while he was out walking. He had a wonderful smile and would chat away. Ted had a great admiration for Jim and looked forward to talking with Jim while out and about. Take care. See you soon.
Colleen Schultz
June 15, 2020
Deepest sympathy Mary and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Donna Hatten
June 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy Mary and Tracy. I will always remember Jim's big smile. Always enjoyed meeting with him either while working or out on the street. May your many happy memories help you through this sad time.
Bernice Frook
June 15, 2020
Thinking of you Mary.
Harvey & Brenda Maes
June 15, 2020
Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband and father. Cherish your memories.
Dawn &Alf Brenndorfer
June 15, 2020
Sending our sympathy.
Christina Cunningham
June 15, 2020
Tracy my deepest condolences to you and your Mom. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs to you.
Dale and Dianne Ahrens
June 15, 2020
Deepest Sympathies Mary and to the Kaufman family.
Our thoughts and prays are with you at this difficult time. Hugs to you!

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