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