Anthony "Tony" Helfrich (1945 - 2015)

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HELFRICH, Anthony
June 29, 1945 – Aberdeen, Scotland
August 3, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our
dad, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend
and loving husband, Tony Helfrich.
Born in Scotland in 1945, Tony came to Canada
at the age of 1 with his mother Helen to start their
new life in Canada with Peter Helfrich, Tony's father.
They lived in Bluesky, AB until Tony was 7. After
Peter died in 1953 in a job related accident the
family settled in Cochrane.
In 1966 Tony and Linda found each other in Cochrane
while Linda was over visiting Tony's sister. They had a long
distance relationship while Tony was in the Navy. They married in August of
1969 and moved to Bragg Creek, AB where they lived for 40 years raising
their three children Peter, Cora Lea, and Jason.
After serving 3 years in the Canadian Navy, Tony settled on becoming a Sheet
Metal tradesman. He received his Journeyman certificate in 1971 from SAIT,
working for a few different companies before realizing that he desired to start
his own company. In 1984 Tony started a small company Royal Mechanical
Services which was handed down in 2007 to one of his sons.
In a show of spirit, character, and against many odds, Tony fought back
from a debilitating stroke in January 2014, to lead an amazing and fulfilling
life. Tony loved reading and researching all sorts of topics and discussions.
There was no topic "out of bounds" or unrealistic, he would discuss anything
and everything to anyone. Tony's constant laughter and smile could change
a mood in a room and will be truly missed.
Besides his loving wife Linda, Tony is survived by his children, Peter, Cora
Lea, and Jason. Nothing was more special to him than his 6 grandchildren,
Kaeden, Jaia, Maitlin, Kye, Malia and Ellie. He is also survived by his sister
Linda and his brother Ray. Tony was predeceased by his father Peter, his
mother Helen and his brother Ralph.
You are now free.
A celebration of Tony's life will be held at the Bragg Creek Community Hall
(23 White Avenue, Bragg Creek, AB) on Sunday August 16th at 2:30 pm.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Stroke Recovery Association of
Calgary (www.sracalgary.com) or to the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society
(www.toomuchiron.ca)
In living memory of Tony Helfrich, a tree will be planted at Fish
Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL
HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE.
Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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Cochrane, AB T4C 2E2
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Aug. 13, 2015