John Reginald Helliwell

11/18/1926 - 3/2/2018

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John Reginald Helliwell


Helliwell, John Reginald – age 91 of Dartmouth. Passed away on March 2, 2018 at Drummond Hall, Halifax. Born in Birmingham, England, he was the son the late John and Daisy Helliwell. John served in the British Army during WWII. He studied mining engineering in Camborne Cornwall where he met his wife, Patricia Triniman. He worked as a Mining Engineer in Nigeria, Africa. Then with his wife, Patricia they moved to Canada in 1953 to raise a family of four. John retired as an Industrial Engineer from Nova Scotia Research Foundation. He also volunteered with E.M.O. and HMCS Sackville Board. He enjoyed sailing, ham radio, and bicycling. Previous to his battle with dementia John lead an active social life. John is survived by daughters, Diana Hanrahan (Gerry), Claire Steadman (Brad); sons, Phil (Rene), Robert (Michelle); sister, Barbara Watts (Gerry); brother Guy (Eve); grandchildren, Patrick, Simon, Tristan, Galen, Nichola, Danielle, Tara, Noel, Cory; great grandchildren, Jamie, Devin, Savannah, Starla and Rose. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia. Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held 1pm Friday, March 9th with a reception both in Atlantic Funeral Homes 771 Main Street Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences maybe sent by visiting www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com (Dartmouth Chapel)


Funeral Details

  • Memorial Service

    Atlantic Funeral Home

    Event Times

    3/9/2018 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Interment

    Dartmouth Memorial Gardens

    Event Times

    3/9/2018 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Reception

    Atlantic Funeral Home

    Event Times

    3/9/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Posted by Roy and Nicole Siddall | 3/9/2018

A proud and wonderful father, friend and mentor. Someone I looked up to and admired growing up without my father at an early age. With his skills on every project he tackled or being part of his sailing crew, the scoldings and laughter were just part of the norm. The nick name “The Volcano”, became a joke in the family and he never really gave me a hard time for calling him that. Your memories will live on with us forever.

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Posted by Linda Campbell | 3/8/2018

Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to the family. John and his wife Pat were grest neighbors and friends

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