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Steven Thomas Helwig
'Big Guy'
MOORESVILLE -- Mr. Helwig, age 53, died Friday, August 15, 2008 at his residence. Born July 25, 1955 in Buffalo New York he was a son of the late Wallace and Alice Brush Helwig. 'Big Guy' a NASCAR crew chief was employed with NASCAR and CJM Racing for 30 years and a Harley Davidson enthusiast.
Memorial services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday August 19 in the Chapel of Raymer Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Crosswhite officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home and following the memorial service.
Known and loved by all, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda D. Helwig, sons; Thomas Simmons and wife JoAnne of Syracuse, NY, Doug Simmons and wife Kirsten of Laurinburg, NC, Michael Simmons and wife Nicole of Beaufort, SC; grandchildren, Alex, Jack, Brooke, Tyler and Kristina; brothers, Paul Helwig and wife Vickie, Jeff Helwig and wife Lois; sister, Debbie Schuyler and husband Chip all of NY and his NASCAR family.
Memorials in his honor may be made to Perception Ministries, P.M.C., 736 D St Andrews Road #134, Columbia SC 29210.
Arrangements by Raymer Funeral Home, Huntersville.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 17, 2008.
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August 30, 2008
Linda, I am sorry for your loss, Steve, myself, and Steve Griggs all went to school together. He was a true friend. May God Bless you and your family.
Walter Mumford
August 30, 2008
Please know that Steve was a very special person in my life. We all grew up together I am so sorry for your loss.
Anna Mumford
August 27, 2008
Linda....May we offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. Steve was definitely a "Gentle Giant" who will be missed by all. Being friends of the McLaughlin family we were fortunate to meet you and Steve so many times and enjoyed your company as well as everyone in Nascar. He is "up there" with the "best of them".

God Bless You Steve.......
John & Sue Lynes
August 26, 2008
Steve and I went to high school together. He also was my best man in my wedding. What a great guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I will miss him.
Steven Griggs
August 24, 2008
Linda & family
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Big guy was a very special person and a true friend. We will always cherish the memories of his friendship.
Rod & Debbie Bussard
August 23, 2008
May all of your wonderful memories of Steve give you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We love ya and you know how to reach us anytime.
Cheryl and Tim Collier
August 21, 2008
Aunt Linda and boys, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Joycie
Joyce Simmons
August 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We spent many years involved in DIRT racing in Central New York.
Larry & Annette Clark
August 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
August 21, 2008
To the Helwig Family , we will all miss " Big Guy " I used to joke with him in the garage area , weekly . He always would greet you with a smile , unless he was too busy as ,much he was . My name is Steve Guy , but he was the " Big Guy " in the pits . We will always miss him , my heart goes out to you all . With my prayers , Steve " Lugnut " Guy
Steve Guy
August 20, 2008
Loved you Big Guy, Will miss you!! We'll always be here Linda, Love you!
Donna Richeson
August 20, 2008
Linda, We would like to offer you our sincere condolences with the loss of "Big Guy". From the very first time he stepped foot (bare foot that is) in our garage back in the 80's he instantly became a member of our family. He was one of the nicest and most generous persons we have ever met. I will personally remember those great years working together on the modified tour on the Sherwood Motorsports Cup Machine along with all those great weekends in Old Forge Snowmobiling. We had some great times and those memories are priceless. Our prayers are with you Linda and your family.
Sincerely, Paul Corazzo Jr. and family
Paul Corazzo
August 19, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve's laugh would fill a room. He was a great guy and will be missed.
John and Cathy Lane Ireland
August 19, 2008
To Steve"s family,
i grew up watching the Modifieds in the northeast and working the same pits all over the area with the Rosati family.Big Guy was one of the reasons I moved down south to pursue this life. I saw him and others like us making it in big time racing. For that I will always be thankful,and to have gotten to know him was icing on the cake. He will always be in my heart and prayers. Thank you for everthing Big Guy, you are truly missed.
Donald Tarantino
August 19, 2008
Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jere and I will smile when we remember the good times we had with you and Steve, but our smiles will never be as big as the smiles Steve had for his family and friends. We will miss him.
Jere & Rita Jacobs
August 19, 2008
linda: i'm so sorry for your loss of steven. i considered you as close freinds, i will always cherish the times we had racing together and the fun we had hanging out our thoughts are with you and your family. he will certainly be missed
Ray Bahre
August 19, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Vince Armentrout
August 18, 2008
Friends and Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss of Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.


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Christina Ramzel
August 18, 2008
God bless you BIG GUY.we will all miss you
Kevin Brooks
August 18, 2008
To Steve’s family,

We who were blessed to know and work with Big Guy will think of him every time we enter the Nationwide garage. He was a kind and gentle soul, and a rare gentleman. Through my years in racing, I cannot recall meeting anyone more genuine. He will be missed.

With my deepest sympathy,
Jerry Thomas
August 18, 2008
Big Guy was a great man. i missed him a lot when i left H-P in the lakeside park, but he was happy for where i was going, it would lead me to great success later. he always taught me something new about a racecar when he came in or always had a new story to tell. ill miss ya Big guy
david cratsley
August 18, 2008
Sorry to hear of your loss. We will greatly miss looking for Steve every saturday. Will keep in touch. The Lowery's
Rachelle Lowery
August 18, 2008

Deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family from Angie, Clayton and me. It has been a long time since we were neighbors at Caralea Valley, but we all have fond memories of Big Guy. We were shocked to hear the news on yesterday's Sprint Race telecast.

God Bless,
Scott Carter
August 18, 2008
great freind in the pits for the new england media always could get hi from him.i fist met hin pit loudon magic shoe mod tour race scince then always stoped by whichi team hi worked for. the last is in montreal i lucky see him there and tock photo of im there.we will miss him in the pits. he was tall man but got big heart for his friends god bless the big guy i gues he have fix tires on gods rides now
kenneth spring
August 18, 2008
Linda and Family,

I was shocked to hear of Steve's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We in Central New York will always have fond memories of Big Guy!

Sincerely, Jennie Harmon Randall
Formerly of Weedsport
Ovid, NY
Jennie Harmon-Randall
August 18, 2008
Linda & Family
My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this very sad time. My Bill thought the world of Steve when they worked together at the Bottle Plant. He was a very caring person. I hope his memories will bring you comfort and contentment in the future.
Marilyn Kelley
August 18, 2008
"Big Guy" was loved by every single person that has ever worked in the Nationwide/Busch Series garage. I don't think he had a single enemy and it's very rare in life that you can say that about someone.

The memories are endless and I feel lucky to have many.

Linda - My prayers are with you.
Charlie Roakes
August 17, 2008
To the Big Guys Family & the Extended NASCAR Family,
We are very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our hearts go out to everyone during this time of sadness. He was a wonderful, kind and gentle man. He will never be forgotten.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Ken & Sharron Hilliard
August 17, 2008
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and family.
Paula & Ron Ford
August 17, 2008
We were deeply saddened to hear the news about Steve's passing. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by his NASCAR family. Good bye, Big Guy.
Lynne and Woody Neese
August 17, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and extended NASCAR family.
Terri Quinn
August 17, 2008
Linda and Family,
Our Deepest Sympathy to you all. We have such great memories of the Big Guy. We will always remember his big heart.
Ken and Nancy Lockwood
August 17, 2008
My thoughts and prayer's are with Steve's family and his extended NASCAR family.

As a long time NASCAR fan(15 yrs) I recall seeing Steve heading to LMS one year riding his Harley.

Steve ,please tell Davey Allison ,Kenny Irwin & Adam Petty "Hello!" for me.

God Bless!
Terri Quinn
August 17, 2008
I was very sad to hear about Big Guy. He was always good to work with. He had such a big heart.
Gloria Ray
Omaha, NE
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