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Gerald John "Gummer" Helle

October 31, 1937 — February 12, 2019

Gerald John "Gummer" Helle

It is with much sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of a dear husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. With his family by his side, Gerald John “Gummer” Helle passed peacefully on February 12, 2019, in the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital.

Born in Reserve Mines, he was the son of the late Gaspard and Annie (Burns) Helle. 
Gerald was known for always being on the go. A person would be hard pressed to find him sitting still. On one of his many drives, he was always sure to find a friend to chat with, always. Jerry was a proud Coal Miner and gave 37 yrs. of his life to #16, #18, #26 & Lingan Collieries.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 yrs., Dorothy, she would tell you the 3 greatest loves of his life were his truck, his barn & his wife; his sons, Gerald (Ellen) Johnny (Neila); daughters, Melanie (Angus) Donna (Kenny); sisters, Germaine and Betty; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; many niece nephews and family friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Melanie Ann; son, Joseph Maurice; brother, Robert and brother, Francis in infancy. Also, his loyal canine companion and special sidekick of 16yrs, Prince. 

The family would like to say a very special thank you to McLellan Brothers Funeral Home for all the care during such a difficult time, as well as Patricia and Dr. Azer, and the nurses in the New Waterford Hospital for the love and compassion they showed Jerry until the end. “Jerry’s Angels” were surely that, angles.

Cremation has taken place. A chapel service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the McLellan Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Deacon Leo Penny officiating. Interment at Union Grove Cemetery.

If you wish donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

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