In memory of

Heiko Baunemann

July 28, 1935 -  February 12, 2020

Dr. Heiko Baunemann, F.R.C.S. (C), F.S.O.G.C., F.A.C.O.G.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Heiko Baunemann of Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of 84. Dr. Baunemann passed away at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 with Verlie, his loving wife of 55 years, at his side.

Heiko was born July 28, 1935, in Quakenbrück, Germany, the second child of Henriette and Heinrich Baunemann. Heiko was born during a time of great unrest with the beginning of World War II and his family was required to move many times during his childhood. Despite this challenge, Heiko always excelled in school, becoming fluent in Latin and Greek and graduated in 1955 from the prestigious Gymnasium Carolinum High School (est. 804, and founded by Charlemagne) in Osnabrück, Germany. In 1960, Heiko graduated from Medical School at the University of Münster in Germany.

Heiko decided to further pursue his medical training in the United States, arriving in New York City on January 20, 1961. From there he trained as a resident at the Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey and at Women’s College Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland from January to August of 1962.

In order to stay in North America to complete his residency, Heiko moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and specialized in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Surgery at the Royal University Hospital. Saskatoon is where Heiko would meet the love of his life, Verlie Esther Qualman. Verlie was a registered nurse working at the Saskatoon City Hospital. They were married on June 6, 1964 at St Paul’s Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Heiko and Verlie moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1964 where Heiko underwent further training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and Verlie worked as the Head Nurse in the operating room.

In 1968, Heiko and Verlie moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Heiko joined the Port Arthur Clinic on February 15, 1968 as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, and spent the next 52 years caring for patients in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region. Heiko practiced out of the Port Arthur General Hospital and St. Joseph’s General Hospital, where he was the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology for several years. Over his career, Heiko delivered thousands of babies; including numerous New Year’s babies and a set of triplets. Heiko practiced Obstetrics for so long that he delivered many grandchildren of his original patients. In 2018, Heiko was recognized by the Ontario Medical Association for over 50 years of outstanding service. Heiko lived for his work, dedicating his life to his practice and his patients; he always said that he never wanted to retire and remained steadfast in his resolve, as he never did.

Heiko was well-known for his long, daily early morning and afternoon walks throughout Port Arthur, and more recently at Intercity Mall. The consummate student, Heiko had a passion for reading history and medical journals; he was always interested in learning something new. Heiko was a great fan of European soccer and Formula 1 racing. His love of F1 racing took him to the Montreal Grand Prix in 2005 to cheer on his favourite driver, Michael Schumacher.

Dr. Heiko Baunemann is predeceased by his mother Henriette Margaretha Anna Baunemann (Luthje), father Johann Wilhelm Heinrich Baunemann, sister Gisela Malseed and brother Ihno Baunemann. Heiko is survived by his wife, Verlie Baunemann (Qualman), his children, Christine Baunemann (Kevin Berube), Dr. Carol Ott (Greg Ott), and John Baunemann (Margeaux Baunemann). Heiko leaves behind eight grandchildren: Samuel, Benjamin, Adam, Grace, Evan, Colin, Parker and Paxton. Heiko is also survived by his brother Edo Baunemann, sisters Etha Klein and Irmgard Manno-Kortz and many nephews and nieces throughout Germany.

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses of St Michael’s Hospital and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for their excellent care.

Dr. Baunemann’s funeral service and burial took place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto on February 20, 2020. Heiko chose Mount Pleasant Cemetary as his final resting place as he found peace in his many walks inside its gates. A Celebration of Life will be held in Thunder Bay at a later date.

If desired, donations can be made in his honour to the Thunder Bay Health Sciences Foundation, Our Hearts at Home Cardiovascular Fundraising Campaign at


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Josie and Luciano Caccamo (Medical Aide @Port Arthur Health Centre)

Entered February 18, 2020 from Thunder Bay

To Mrs Baunemann and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your very dear husband, father, and grandfather. Mrs. Baunemann, my deepest condolences to you. I know Dr. Baunemann loved you more than words can say. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Baunemann loved you all so much and was so proud of all of you. Dr. Baunemann loved bringing family pictures and would so proudly hang them up in his office. He would always joke that his precious granddaughter kept all the grandsons “in line”. I had the pleasure of knowing and assisting Dr. Baunemann with the procedures he did in clinic. I truly enjoyed assisting him. He was always respectful and appreciative, and would always say, “Thanks for your help, Josie”, before leaving. I feel like I am mourning the loss of a family member and I am so sad that I won’t see Dr. Baunemann coming through the clinic doors, sharply dressed, and as always, so eager to provide excellent care to all his patients. Dr. Baunemann was a perfectionist with a very high standard and he was trusted and loved by all who were blessed to know his truly genuine and caring nature. My son, Luciano also met Dr. Baunemann 8 yeats ago when he was just 11 years old. Luciano had come to the clinic on a “take your child to work day”. As soon as he met Dr. Baunemann it was as though he had met a family member. Dr. Baunemann felt the same way about Luciano. A couple of years ago at a clinic Christmas party, upon arrival, Luciano asked me, “Is Dr. Baunemann here?” The moment he spotted him, Luciano was so excited to go over to talk to him.....and that they did. Now 8 years later, Dr. Baunemann always said to me, “Luciano is a smart boy, and he is going to do well. Those little planes he flys scare me, but you have to let him do what he loves”. Luciano is so very sad to lose Dr. Baunemann as well. There are endless blessings we have all shared by knowing Dr. Baunemann, some of the most important are: love your family, friends, community, and find your passion, and pursue it with excellence...and until the end do it with the same ambition that you did at the beginning....never taking it for granted....never letting anything in life become complacent. Goodbye for now, Dr. Baunemann. I will truly miss you. Thank you for always appreciating my help and for the kindness you extended to Luciano. Mrs. Baunemann, and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Dr Baunemann lives in all of you. Hugs and love, Josie and Luciano

Donna Marie Baratta (Friend of Family)

Entered February 19, 2020

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your father was so very warm and generous with his patients. I'm sending my love to you and your family as you mark his passing and celebrate his life. xxxx Donna Marie.

Gloria Baratta (Patient and friend)

Entered February 19, 2020 from Campbell River BC FV9W0B1

I am remembering Dr. Heino Baunemann with much affection and Gratitude for years of kindness and dedicated service for me and my family. He was a great doctor that I trusted implicitly and held with great respect. With much love and support,
Affectionately, Gloria Baratta and family. Cynthia, Donna Marie and Joseph Jr

Anne and Derek Wyant (Associate and friend)

Entered February 22, 2020 from Thunder Bay

We arrived about the same time and we’re leaving about the same time

Heather and Bob Quinte (Family Friend)

Entered February 22, 2020 from Thunder Bay

So many memories .. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless.


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