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CLIFFORD LORNE HELPS (published on September 07, 2011)

CLIFFORD LORNE HELPS It is with deepest sorrow that the family announces the passing of our dear husband, father and poppa, Clifford Lorne Helps, on Saturday, September 3, 2011. Clifford was born on January 7, 1915 in Manitou, MB to Herbert and Margaret Ellen Helps. He worked on the family farm in Manitou until joining the Army in 1941, and serving overseas as a tank mechanic until 1945. Upon his return to Winnipeg, he met the love of his life, Katherine Simcoe. They married on September 7, l946 and their family quickly grew to include two daughters. Pop, as he was affectionately known, loved music and taught himself to play violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano and organ. He sang and played in a band at country dances in his younger years. Pop was employed with the City of Winnipeg Engineering Dept. in different capacities for 33 years, retiring in 1979 as a streets inspector. Pop was a kind, gentle man with a glorious smile who never had an unkind word for anyone. He loved his family most of all, he was a devoted husband, father and poppa. The happiest family times were enjoyed at the West Hawk Lake cottage, there was always something to celebrate. Mom and Dad also loved their warm Naples vacations. Pop is survived by his cherished wife of 65 years less 4 days, Katherine (Kay); his loving daughters Linda Martin and Lesley Thompson; his sons-in-law who truly were sons to him, Dan Martin and Jim Thompson; his grandsons of whom he was so proud, Gregg Martin (Laura Toews), Todd Martin (Brenda) and Mark Thompson (Kristy Willms); and his great-granddaughters who were such a delight to him, Jenna, Paige, Alexa and Sarah Martin. He is also survived by his brother, John Helps; sisters-in-law June Rae (Gerry) and Donna Simcoe and many nieces and nephews. Pop was predeceased by his parents; brother Bill Helps (Laura); sisters Merle McNab (Bill), Ede Scharf (Ambie), Mary McLean (Charlie) and Bertha McLean (Hughie); sisters-in-law Freda Helps and Ann Simcoe; brothers-in-law Steve and Peter Simcoe; Kay's parents, Sophie and Peter Simcoe; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of 5 South and 3 South at Victoria Hospital; Dr. Munsamy; GD2 staff at Health Sciences Centre and the staff at Golden Door for their compassionate care of our beloved husband and father. A private family service will be held to honour Pop's life. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria General Hospital Foundation, 2340 Pembina Hwy., R3T 2E8 or to a charity of your choice. We love you, Pop, and will miss you. Sweet dreams.... For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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