Baum, Horst “Joe” of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, September 21st, 2013, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude (Franz) Baum (2006) and loved father of Kim Baum (Pam) of St. Thomas and Kevin Baum (Kim) of Belleville. Much loved grandfather of Brad Ryckman, Christopher Baum (Krystle), Natasha Hohmann (John Michael), Cailyn Kampers (Jeremy LaCroix) and Kori, Kody and Kylie Baum and great grandfather of Maxx Ryckman, Cameron Baum and Jaedyn Hohmann. Dear brother of Dorothy Brown of Fort Myers, Florida and uncle of Jeffrey. Joe was born in Germany on November 15, 1924, the son of the late Willi and Ella (Mette) Baum. He served in the German Navy as a Lieutenant. Joe came to Canada in 1950. He worked for Clevite/ Gould in St. Thomas and retired as a manager. He was active in many levels of soccer in St. Thomas during his lifetime and was a avid London Knights fan. Joe was a member of the German Canadian Club.
A Public memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment of ashes will follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital Foundation.