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James Helferich
  • September 08, 1944
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  • August 15, 2020

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“Jim” James Ernest Helferich
Ocala – Jim E. Helferich, 75, having bravely fought a lengthy illness,
departed from life on August 15, 2020. Now reunited with his wife of 41
years, Frances B. Helferich, who preceded him in death July of 2018.
Jim was born on September 8, 1944 to “Dutch” Ernest E. Helferich and Eva
G. Helferich in Cleveland, OH. He was a graduate of CIA – Culinary
Institute of America – and is a veteran of the United States Army.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, his work, and took pleasure in
tinkering around with various types of equipment and machinery. He had
an uncanny ability to resolve, rebuild and reuse even the most frustrating
and vexing of problems with parts of machinery and equipment. For him,
everything was just a puzzle waiting for a solution. It was rate that he was
unable to find one [ a solution].
Throughout his life, Jim held a lengthy career in Hospitality Management,
overseeing entire Food and Beverage Divisions. He specialized in theme
parks and worked as Food and Beverage Director all over the United
States. In Florida, he managed parks such as Sea World, The Miami Sea
Aquarium, Silver Springs, Wild Waters and Weeki Watchee. Then at
Ocean Breeze in Virginia Beach, VA and Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton
Rouge, LA.
After a successful career in Entertainment and Attraction Management,
Jim returned to his first love – food. He owned and operated a successful
catering company – Helferich Hospitality Services – a family business
which expanded to several employees who served with a focus on quality,
presentation, and overall appeal to the palate and visual aesthetic.
The lasts two years of his career, Jim accepted a position with the State of
Florida as the Food and Nutrition Director at Sumter County Correctional,
where he applied with skill a lifetime of food service experience, ensuring
that mealtimes became a more enjoyable experience than ever before.
Everyone who knew Jim fell in love with him. He was hard-working,
diligent, trustworthy, honest and kind-hearted with an overall
good-natured and generous heart that one simply doesn’t find in many
people these days.
A family man at heart, he loved them fully, completely and
unconditionally. Jim Helferich was i ncomparably the world’s g reatest
father.
Jim is survived by his precious and devoted daughter, Jessica A. Helferich,
a kind, and loving son, Tyler J. Helferich and two brothers Richard and
William Helferich.
A private ceremony was held on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Baldwin
Brothers Funeral Society in Ocala, Florida. Family strictly enforced CDC
guidelines of masks and social distancing.
If you would like to pay your respects to Mr. Helferich and Family, you
may reach his daughter by email at Jessica.A.Helferich@gmail.com .
Jim rests peacefully next to his wife, Frances B. Helferich at the Belleview
Cemetery in Belleview, Florida.


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  1. 15 Sep 2020
    Laurie says:
    No one can prepare for a loss, especially one like this in our cruel environment. May our happy memories of Jim comfort us all and bring us peace. His soul has been taken by a swift wind to its eternal home. RIP
    Lovingly, Laurie

  2. 02 Sep 2020
    Jessica Helferich says:
    I miss you, Daddy. You will always be the greatest father in the world. I am still having such a hard time grasping all of this... especially because of the pandemic... it’s like some kind of horrible nightmare or the beginning of a dystopian movie. I only wish I could wake up. Or that the credits would roll and we would get in the car, drive home and return to our normal everyday routine. But that is not the case. I just wish the world would take this virus more seriously. It’s not some tame little bug. The stupid thing has killed almost 200,000 people in the United States alone now. And I just really wish that you didn’t have to be one of them...
    Thank you for fighting so hard so we could have the precious little time we did.
    Give Mommy a huge hug and a kiss from me. I know you’ve missed her so so much. About as much as we are missing you now.
    May your memory be eternal, my sweet father. I love you ❤️

  3. 02 Sep 2020
    Jessica Helferich lit a candle:
    Lit since September 2, 2020 at 9:14:18 AM

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  5. 02 Sep 2020
    Angie McNaught says:
    “Life is a dream walking, death is going home.” Go home and enjoy your Francis. RIP

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