Helen Hearn

Helen Hearn

Tuesday, August 1st, 1922 Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

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Obituary for Helen Jean Hearn

HEARN, Helen Jean (nee Harris)

After a rich and full life, Helen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, in her 98th year, surrounded by her loving family. Dear mom of Gary (Irene), Terry (Lois) and Linda Crawford; grandma to Krista, Katie, Jennifer, Jackelyn, Natalie and Darren; and GG to Finley and Adrienne Bird, Raya and Edie Larson, and Sadie Beirnes.

Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Edward Thomas (2006). Helen moved from the family home that she and Ed shared for decades to Wellington Park Terrace in 2017. In their retirement years, Ed and Helen focused on travelling and family: opening their home to countless Saturday morning coffee gatherings, Sunday dinners, birthday parties and family holiday celebrations. At the Terrace, Helen proudly continued to host her family for teas, crib games and even Thanksgiving dinner.

Always social, for over 50 years, Helen spent as much time as she could at the family cottage she and Ed built at Go Home Lake. During those years Helen managed the family dinners using a wood stove, an ice box and a Coleman lantern. In her final years, she graduated to a microwave and cell phone. She took great pleasure in bathing two generations, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in the kitchen sink. A summer baby herself, Helen loved to swim at the Haunted Narrows home until her 90th birthday. She continued to celebrate her birthday there until last summer. Helen loved music and could often be heard joining in a Beatles’ chorus, enjoying an old church hymn or making one up on her own. She also loved a good dance party, whether as an active participant or later on, an enthusiastic spectator.

Helen was a voracious reader with a sharp wit, a gifted baker known for a “secret shortbread recipe” and a fervent knitter. She was always eager to share her creations – from top notch apple pie and damson plum jam to doll sweaters and dish cloths – and even more eager to share any one of her children or grandchildren can attest to.

Thank you to the staff at the Terrace for your care and attention during those retirement home years. Helen found great comfort in her final days, as did her family, in the care of the amazing staff and Dr. Cary Shafir at Whispering Oaks, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home in Guelph. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. On line condolences can be sent to the family at

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    Woodlawn Memorial Park
    762 Woolwich St.,
    Guelph, ON
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Krystal White

It was a great pleasure to help care for Helen in her years at Wellington Terrace. We would have a good chat and she was always so pleasant and kind. She was quick to say hello anytime she saw me. I’ll always remember her sweet gift for my daughter, whom I was convinced would be a boy, but Helen insisted I was having a girl. Lo and behold she was right! I’m so sorry the family has lost a great woman, but she was always telling me how she has had a happy and full life. Her family made her so happy and I could see the joy on her face when she spoke of her children. Rest In Peace Helen.

Comment | Posted at 11:53am via Condolence

Mary Strimas

Helen's obituary describes, so well, the woman I knew as a neighbour and friend for over 30 years. She was such a positive, upbeat person who truly lived life to its fullest. She and Ed were such a wonderful couple, so proud of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Helen enjoyed her flower gardens and her games of euchre at the Evergreen Centre. I'll cherish the perennials that she gave me, years ago. I know that Helen was such a role model to her family and they loved her dearly. I'm sending my condolences to all of you. You have so many incredible memories of her, to keep with you throughout your lives. She set the bar high for her family.
Comment | Posted at 02:26am via Condolence

Elaine (Leadston) Townsend

To Gary and family. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your mother. May you be surrounded by all the love and support you need at this difficult time.
As I was reading the obituary she lived a wonderful life surrounded by a wonderful family.
Elaine (Leadston) Townsend
Comment | Posted at 03:36pm via Condolence

Maggie Carter

Gary, Terry, Linda and all your families. How blessed you must feel to have had your Mom for so many years. Helen was a lovely person; always smiling and positive. I have so many happy memories of GHL and so many include your Mom and Dad. My Ontario visits won't be quite the same without that stop in Guelph to catch up with Helen. I hope you can all find peace in knowing she had such a full and happy life and was so very proud of all of you.
Maggie (Margie) & Philip
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To Gary and Family, Our thoughts are with you from Ken and the Staff at Robinsons Flowers
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