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November 29, 1919 – November 30, 2012
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Helene at Extendicare in Saskatoon just hours after her 93rd birthday. She was born in Woodford Green, England (not that far from London) and grew up in a pastoral setting nearby with her parents and four siblings. When Helene was twenty, the Second World War broke out and she lived most of those terrible years in London, working as a bookkeeper. It was there, in 1944, that she met her future husband, Harold, a young man from Saskatchewan who had enlisted in the Royal Canadian Airforce. They married in London in 1945 and settled in Saskatchewan the following year. Helene loved her new home and its surroundings and was warmly accepted by her husband's extended family. They were all charmed by her English accent and warm, outgoing personality. She was an amiable person who enjoyed socializing with others in many diverse ways and was almost always active in some kind of volunteer work. Examples of these were so numerous its impossible to list them all. Suffice it to say that Helene was involved with various associations such as the Brownies, church choirs, The War Bride Association of Canada, several drama clubs in her younger years, The Royal Canadian Legion, and the I.O.D.E. Her favourite pastimes were bowling, playing cards, bingo, cooking, gardening, and knitting items of clothing for the less fortunate. Helene was predeceased by her husband Harold in 2004, her parents Harry and Henrietta, and her siblings Harry, Molly, Madge, and Dora. She is survived by her son Ronald James, an earlier son by a previous marriage, Robert John (Wendy) Carlyle, their children Peter Travis and Emma Kate, and numerous nieces and nephews. Following cremation, the family is requesting a private ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph 244-5577.
"So long Helene. Its been good to know you."
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Dec. 3, 2012