July 24, 1936 – October 2, 2019
Peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital, on October 2, 2019 in her 84th year.
Lifelong best friend of Virginia Blaha, Helen was the Executive Secretary to Robert White who was the President of the Canadian Auto Workers Union. Friends will be received at the “THORPE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL”, 96 West St., on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 7-9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 235 Brant Ave., at 10am. Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Donations to St. Joseph’s Church would be appreciated.
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 5, 2019
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October 7, 2019
I was truly saddened to hear of Helen's passing. We worked together at the Canadian Auto Worker's Union and I always had great respect for Helen. Helen was a very loyal and dedicated Secretary to Bob White. The day Helen retired, the CAW lost a true supporter of workers' rights. I visited Helen in Brantford over the past few years and I spoke with Helen a month before her passing. I will miss you Helen! Gayle Hozack
October 7, 2019
I knew Helen though our association with the UAW/CAW. She was a friend and a tremendous help during several sets of negotiations with General Motors. When I needed a passport in a hurry so I could be part of the UAW contingent that traveled to Japan it was Helen who took me to the office that fast tracked passports and I got it the same day. She loved sweet corn on the cob which I always tried to supply her from the farms of Niagara during GM negotiations or when I traveled to Place Court for union business during the season. I used to call her the second most powerful person in the union, because if I wanted to talk to bro White she was the person I had to go through to get to him. When I moved from the position of director of the Family Education Centre to take charge of the strike dept it was Helen who took me out to demonstrate some of the better restaurants in Toronto. I spoke at her retirement party after which I regret to say I lost touch with her. She was a wonderful woman, totally dedicated to her job. She was loyal to her friends and defended them fiercely. The world is a poorerplace for the loss of my friend Helen.
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