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HELBAK, Gordon

October 14, 1929 – Drumheller, AB
December 31, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Gordon Helbak, beloved husband of Rose Helbak of Airdrie, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the age of 85 years.

Gordon had a forty year career in the sheet metal industry. His roles included tinsmithing, estimating and project management. Gordon achieved a Master Tinsmith designation at a very early age. One of his proudest achievements was his fifty-one years of sobriety and his special relationship with his Sponsor, the late Dick McBride. Gordon had artistic pursuits that included drawing and creating metal sculptures that are still on display today. In his later years, his vegetable garden and bbqing on the deck were a great pleasure to him. Over the last two years however, he faced with strong will and determination, many significant health challenges with his loving wife and sole caregiver at his side. The family wishes to acknowledge the care and compassion by the staff of McCaig Tower ICU pod C, main building Unit 62 staff but most especially Dr. Michael Geoghegan for his patience, compassion and medical expertise at a most difficult time.

Gordon is survived by Rose, his loving wife of sixty-five years; his daughters Marcy Kennedy (Jim), Lin Taverner (Bob) and Melissa Hartwell; brother-in-law Andrew Verag and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Gordon Helbak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100

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  1. Jocelyn and Jim Doucette :

    We wish to pass on our condolences to Rose and the family. He was a good neighbour and will be sorely missed.

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  2. Fran & Bob Jackson :

    Dear Rose and Family.
    It was with great sadness that we heard of Gordon’s passing.
    He will be greatly missed by us both.
    We had some wonderful evening meals with you both on your trips out west with some great conversations.
    What we will remember most about Gordon is that he was happiest with a hammer in his hand and a project to finish. He was always eager to get stuck in and help out with any DIY.
    All our love and heartfelt wishes are sent to you at this sad time.
    Fran & Bob xo xo

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  3. Marilee MacLeod :

    My sincerest condolences to the Helbak Family and your extended family.
    May you find strength in your friends and family at this difficult time.
    “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”.
    -Thomas Moore, English theologian

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  4. Kirsten & Per Helbak :

    A last farewell from Your cousin Per and his wife Kirsten and thank You for the time we shared thogether. Best regard Per and Kirsten Helbak Denmark

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  5. Barbara & Randy Cooper :

    Love & condolences to Rose & the girls on the death of Gordon. He was a good friend for many years. Will miss the many laughs we had, & of
    course the funny little jokes & stories.

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  6. Barbara Vigar :

    My most sincere sympathy to Rose and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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  7. Szeretnénk őszinte részvétünket kifejezni Gordon halála miatt.
    Emlékét mindig szeretettel őrizzük és jó szívvel fogunk rá gondolni.
    A Jó Isten nyugosztalja és adjon vigasztalást az egész gyászoló család számára.
    Zsolt és a család ( Felsőzsolca – Hungary )

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  8. Kovács Sándorné Klári :

    “Elvitted a derűt, a fényt, a meleget,
    Csak egy sugarat hagytál, az emlékedet.”
    Őszinte részvétünk fejezzük ki Gordon halála miatt.
    Emlékét megőrizzük.
    Nyugodjon Békében!
    Klári és családja (Putnok-Magyarország)

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  9. DOREEN AND KEITH WURZER :

    our sincerest condolences to Rose and family

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  10. Les Helbak and Family :

    Our deepest sympathy and hope that your grieving will pass quickly, dear family and friends. Gordon was an inspiration to me and a man that I will always admire and respect. We love you all and wish you health and happiness always.

    Les, LeeAnn, Jerry and Leah

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  11. VALERIE HELBAK :

    ROSE AND FAMILY,

    MAY HEALING & HOPE BE FOUND FOR TOMORROW IN WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE TENDERLY SHARED. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND THE FAMILY.

    TERRY, VALERIE AND STEPHEN

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  12. TERRY BICKHAM :

    ROSE & FAMILY,

    MAY HEALING & HOPE BE FOUND IN WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE TODAY.
    OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.

    TERRY, VALERIE, STEPHEN & ROB

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