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HELFRICK, Adam Robert

April 2, 1920 – Kerrobert, Saskatchewan
February 9, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

On Monday, February 9, 2015, at 94 years young, Adam left us peacefully to join his many family and friends who left before him.

He leaves his loving son Fred (Kathy) and daughter Barbara and the grandchildren he adored – Kristopher, Graham, Kurtis, Michael, Julia and Lisa and great-granddaughter, Kaelyn. He was one of fifteen and is survived by his brothers, Philip, Paul, and Larry and sisters, Mona, Marge, and Leona. He was predeceased by his mother Genevieve; father George; brothers, Joe, Jack, Peter, Jerry, Vinnie, and George; and sisters Minnie and Emily.

Adam moved to the Peace River country in 1935. He served in World War II with his four brothers who all made it home safely. He was a tank member in the 96th Battery, 5th Canadian Anti-Tank Regiment. After the war, Adam took up farming and raised his family in the Bluesky area of Northern Alberta and worked in the oilfield in the wintertime. Farming was Adam’s passion for most of his life. When he was 79 years old, he moved from the farm to the Shawnessy Lodge in Calgary to be close to his family. He loved living at the Lodge and greatly appreciated the staff and many friends he made there. He enjoyed family celebrations filled with laughter and love. In later life, one of his biggest enjoyments was spending time at the family cabin on Shuswap Lake.

We are grateful to all of the people who loved and supported Adam through his life. He was an amazing person and such a great role model for his children and grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd. SW) on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd. SW) on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Legacy Project for veterans at www.canadianlegacy.org

In living memory of Adam Helfrick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. So sorry to hear Uncle Adam has passed away. I’m glad he was able to be with his family at the end. I regret I cannot be at the funeral, but Cindy will be able to attend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Don

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  2. Nikita Helfrick :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep the Helfrick family in my prayers and be praying for the repose of great-uncle Adam.

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  3. Very sorry to hear of Adams passing. Sask loses another great pioneering child.

    From : Wayne, and my dad (Cony) Frey

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  4. Barb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I knew your dad a little from hearing Barb talk about him. I hope you will be comforted by knowing that you were a great support and comfort to him during his life.

    Best wishes,

    Yvonne

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  5. Shaun Cordingley :

    My deepest condolences. Great Uncle Adam will be missed, and I will cherish my memories of those visits I was lucky to have with him.

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  6. Sorry to hear about Adam. As a kid, we saw Joe quite a bit and once in a while Adam. He always made us laugh.

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  7. Celeste & Clayton Schumack :

    Barbara and family,

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. I know he will be dearly missed. We remember Adam as a friendly man who loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  8. We are so sorry for your loss. We all always enjoyed Uncle Adam’s visits when he came to the states. I know that he enjoyed his trips to Illinois, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He had a grand time when he got to see the J.M. Davis Gun Museum in Claremore, OK. We will miss him. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

    Love Mary & Elizabeth Sanford, Paul Helfrick, Parker and Glenda Cruthis
    Broken Arrow, OK

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  9. Allan and Helen :

    Fred and Kathy
    So sorry about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts are with you. His life story is so Canadian – he’s the kind of fellow who makes us all proud.

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  10. Barb,

    Although we didn’t know Adam well, his warmth, sense of humour and love for his family were abundantly evident the few times we met him. May your fond memories of your Dad sustain you through this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  11. No matter how long a life you have it is still such a loss when we lose a family member. Sorry for your loss. Daughter of Margret and Cony Frey.

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  12. Adeline and Beverley :

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Adam …prayers and hugs going out to all of you and yours..

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  13. Chris Paul(Friedel) :

    Dear Barb, Fred and families
    So very sorry to hear of your dads passing. No matter what age our parents are when they leave us it is a huge void in our lives. You have wonderful memories of a great father to help you through the days ahead. Thinking of you both.

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  14. ADAM…REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES TODAY…EARLY DAYS (50’S) SEISMIC IN THE PEACE COUNTRY…LATER ON THE COFFEE GATHERINGS WITH OLDER GUYS AT THE LEGION…IT’S BEEN A GOOD TRIP AND TIME TO LAY DOWN THE MAST…

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  15. Gillian, Owen & Andrei Wynne :

    To all of the Helfrick family, you are in our thoughts & sending our sincere condolence.

    It was a pleasure to meet Adam & hope he is now at peace.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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  16. Rob and Linda McCull :

    We are very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We enjoyed his company at the lake and also making sausage. He had a good life and you have many treasured memories of him.

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  17. Wilkinson and Helfrick families,

    We wanted to offer our love, prayers and support to all of you. Please know that God is caring for you through the hands and hearts of others.
    Grandpa was a wonderful man and it was honor to meet and get to know him. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

    Joel, Courtney, Felix and Josefina

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  18. Deep condolences to you and your family, Barb. I know how special your dad was to you. May all the wonderful memories bring smiles to your face and help you through this difficult time.

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  19. Helen & Bernie ( Doll) :

    Our condolence’s to Fred and Barb and their families on the passing of my Uncle Adam. I had numerous laughs working with Adam when we worked for Art Cote’s Plumbing years ago, indeed a good uncle.

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