Helen McLaren Davis

May 27, 1934July 3, 2019

Helen McLaren Davis, Peacefully, on July 3rd, after a lengthy illness at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, at the age of 85.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, beloved wife of Allen (Al) for over 63 years. Predeceased by her daughter Judy Ketchen, loving mother of daughters Lynn Fitch and Karin, Nana to Kelly Ketchen, Jeremy Ketchen, and Jackie Ketchen. Helen was a lead singer in the Toronto, North Metro and Grand Harmony chapters of Sweet Adelines Incorporated for 62 years. She will also be remembered as a dedicated and caring educational assistant at Sunnyview School for children with disabilities in Toronto for many years. A celebration of her life featuring songs and stories will be held at Coutts Funeral Home at 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge, Ontario on Wednesday, July 10th at 2 p.m. (visitation at 1 p.m., reception to follow). In lieu of flowers, a donation to Harmonize for Speech or Baycrest Foundation (General Psychiatry Program) would be appreciated.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Davis family.


  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, July 10, 2019


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Marie McRorie

July 10, 2019

Rest in Peace, old friend!
Marie McRorie

Norma Steinman

July 6, 2019

My dear Helen, you were a force to be rekoned with, loving, kind, considerate empathetic, but look out if you believed in something or someone that was being wronged, you were then a mama bear, we loved everything about you, loved seeing you on the risers each tuesday night and hearing your raspy voice yell out, “well in North Metro we did it this way” amid many giggles, you and Al were our biggest cheer leaders when we started Grand Harmony chorus, following us to regionals and Internationals, cheering everybody on, you,ve left your mark on many people who loved you and that’s all any of us hope to do, Helen, rest with the angels and keep things lively in heaven, will miss and remember you always, Norma Steinman

Gail Easson

July 6, 2019

Al and Helen lived on Wards island for many years. I knew them originally from those days and then continued the friendship through barbershop music. I remember Helen singing in a quartet years ago and I was so impressed and in awe. This was before I had joined Sweet Adeline’s. I thought, “ I want to sing like that”. Still trying...
She’s now singing with Judy and in peace 🎶🌹