Helston, John D. M.

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Helston passed away peacefully at home in Clarksburg on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 in his 95th year.

John was the son of the late Lillian and John Helston and the brother of the late Norma Best and Joyce Pennycook.

He is survived by his loving wife, Judith, and his children, Leslie (Michael), Eric (Jennifer), John Jr., Stephen (Tracey), his seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

John was a principal of long-standing in many schools in the former North York Board of Education. He graduated with three degrees (B.A./B.Ed./M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto and was professionally active in the issues of the day.

John had sports interests in sailing, skiing, golfing, curling and training Labrador Retrievers. In retirement, he enjoyed playing bridge and tending his many flower gardens. He travelled extensively with Judith on many cruises and land adventures. His island cottage on Buck Lake was a source of great pleasure. John was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and an emeritus member of Phi Delta Kappa, at the University of Toronto.

John was born in Toronto and resided in Clarksburg. He was a member of St George’s Anglican Church. A private family service will be held at the church.

A Celebration of John’s Life for family and friends will be held in his garden, at his home, on Sunday May 29th, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

A heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at the Grey-Bruce V.O.N., who provided kind, caring and compassionate support to John over the last few years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly through the University of Toronto at  https://engage.utoronto.ca/site/SPageServer?pagename=donate#/fund/1808  to the John D. M. Helston Scholarship, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, 119 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S 1A9, or through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Celebration of John's Life in his garden at his home in Clarksburg May 29, 2022 from 2 until 4 p.m.

Donations: Please review information listed in John's obituary.
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. John and Sherry Pottage
    Monday, April 18, 2022

    Deepest sympathy to John’s family. He was a dedicated customer of J.P. Lawn and Garden Service. Enjoyed many conversations with him. Rest in peace, John.
    John Pottage

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    1. Judith Helston
      Thursday, April 21, 2022

      Thank you John and Sherry for your kind words. I think we were one of your early customers. John really enjoyed you. Thanks. Judith

      Reply
  2. david c. baird
    Monday, April 18, 2022

    My heartfelt sympathy to Judith and the family on Johns passing. I have many good memories of him at his home in Clarksville and from Snowcrest School in North York. He will be missed.. David C. Baird

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  3. Judith Helston
    Thursday, April 21, 2022

    Thank you David for your kind words. John only suffered for two weeks…..pneumonia. We had a wonderful life together. Judith

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  4. Bob Parker
    Saturday, April 23, 2022

    A fine teacher, principal, and mentor. Proud to have been a colleague of his at the North York Board of Education.

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    1. Judith Helston
      Monday, April 25, 2022

      Thank you for your kind words. Judith Helston

      Reply
  5. Vince scorziello
    Saturday, April 23, 2022

    So sorry to hear about your loss Vince and Katy Scorziello

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    1. Judith Helston
      Monday, April 25, 2022

      Thank you Vince. Judith

      Reply
  6. N and G Baron
    Monday, April 25, 2022

    Dear Judith – we were saddened to learn of John’s death. We remember visits in the garden with both of you and lively conversation. Sadly, the pandemic cut all visits off. We will see you in May.

    Norine and Garth Baron

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    1. Judith Helston
      Monday, April 25, 2022

      Thank you Norine and Garth

      Reply
  7. Elizabeth Reimers
    Monday, April 25, 2022

    Hello Judith….. I was saddened to read John’s passing in the THE STAR on Saturday and my Blessings are sent to you today.
    I worked with John when he was PRINCIPAL at Dallington and it was from 84-86 and he made me feel so welcomed every day… as he did a walk through to all the classrooms every morning and, my classroom was his first trip down the hall it was such a good feeling that it left with me, to show that he cared about all of us. Al Venner and then Barry Wilde were the VP s that he took under his wings to guide them on their next road to PRINCIPALSHIPS!!!! And they were the people that I worked with as well.
    I wish I could come to your special gathering for John…. and I will be there in SPIRIT on May 29th
    ELIZABETH REIMERS, Dallington JK Teacher

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    1. Judith Helston
      Monday, April 25, 2022

      Thankyou for your kind words. John really enjoyed being a principal and looked forward to going to school every day. Judith

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  8. Sherri Cox and Octavio Perez
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to you Judith, and to all of the Helston family – Steve, Eric, John, Leslie and your families as well.

    Thinking of all of you.

    Sherri and Octavio

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    1. Judith Helston
      Thursday, April 28, 2022

      Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Judith

      Reply

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