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Josef (Sepp) Bauer


Josef (Sepp) Bauer

Bauer, Josef (Sepp) - passed away peacefully, comforted by family, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 93 years of age.

Joe was born in 1928 and grew up on a small farm in Grafenau, Bavaria, Germany. At the age of 26 he made the decision to come to Canada, arriving in 1954 on the ship the "Beaverbrae". He spent his first few years in southern Ontario, working on farms picking tobacco and working wherever his knowledge of farming and willingness to do hard labour was needed. He eventually settled down in Galt, Ontario, where he met and then married Lore Hildenbrand in 1962. Together, they bought some land just outside of Cambridge, where Joe built their house by hand during evenings and weekends. Joe and Lore lived there for 50 years where they had two children (Sabina and John), tended a large garden complete with chickens and rabbits, and started their own business making metal products for the construction industry. Joe built the family business starting in his garage, then steadily expanded the backyard factory into a successful family business. He was very proud of his company, Bauer Metal Products, and most family drives included stopping at any construction site along the way to see if they were using ‘our’ bolts. After selling the company in the mid 1990s, Joe retired and spent many leisurely summers travelling back to Germany. He also loved talking to his neighbours and biking around the countryside around his home. 

Joe will be remembered as a hard worker, a fiercely independent entrepreneur, a friendly neighbour and traveller, and in the later years simply as Opa, who welcomed people to sit down with him and have a beer. 

Joe is predeceased by his wife Lore. He is survived by his children Sabina and John; his grandchildren C.J., Jacob, Kate and Max; his sister-in-law Wera and her husband Ken, nephew Tim and his family; and many relatives in Germany.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Spadafora, Tish, Doris B, Simrit, and the kind staff at St. Joseph’s where he received excellent care for his short stay.

A private family service will be held when possible, at Parklawn Cemetery, 750 Fountain Street, Cambridge.

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