Helen Marguerite Wade MacRae

May 18, 1944May 27, 2017

Helen Marguerite Wade MacRae, 73, died at home in Halifax on May 27, after a short illness. She was born in Halifax, the third daughter of the late Dr. Donald and Gladys (Wade) MacRae. After receiving her early education in Halifax, she trained as an RN at the Victoria General Hospital, graduating in the class of 1965A. She initially worked in the Recovery Room before moving to Burlington, Vermont, to work in intensive care, later returning home to work in the Emergency Department. Through the Emergency she developed a huge interest in drug research. She facilitated liaison between Toronto's Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research Foundation and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. This proved to be a happy mix and the Metabolic Unit was established where she continued involvement with alcohol and marijuana studies. At that time she also was initiated in the newly emerging world of computer-generated data collection. This became a springboard into clinical research, an involvement which continued over the years. Returning to Halifax, she coordinated Gyne-Oncology Clinical Trials which led to the foundation of a provincial health care registry. Having computer science and business courses, she furthered her education at Dalhousie, achieving a Certification in Public Administration. She then worked with the Canadian Study of Health and Aging, and, remaining with Gerontology, coordinated dementia trials. She attained Certified Clinical Coordinator designation when first offered in NS, before leaving in 1996 to work as a clinical research associate in Atlantic Canada. Her writing hobby became evident in the 1970s, when writing patient education materials and departmental papers to help secure grant funds. Articles promoting equestrian sports found their way to print, and in 1998, she collaborated with others to produce two business magazines for the Community Business Development Corporation. She enjoyed her volunteer work with the Red Cross and Emergency Services (amateur radio operator), and a trip to Scotland researching her Scottish heritage. Most who knew her, knew of her great love of animals whether they were equine, canine, feline, or feathered. Classmates have suggested these words about Helen: “stay connected, loyal, compassionate, kind, full of fun/life, so many interests”. Helen is survived by her four sisters, Libby Douglas, Dr. Donna Curry (Dr. John), Mary Pellerin (Gordon), Dr. Peggy Leighton (Dr. Ross), Aunt Betty Pettet, eleven nieces and nephews, and twelve grand nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm on Thursday, June 1 at Snow’s Funeral Home on Lacewood Drive. A memorial service will be held at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 3311 Ashburn Aveue, at 2:00pm on Friday, June 2. Interment at a later date. Family flowers only. Contributions in memory of Helen may be sent to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Visitation Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 2, 2017

Helen Marguerite Wade MacRae

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Devera Graves

June 16, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Helen. She was and incredible spirit everytime she came in to see me. She was full of love, patience and full of guidance. She had incredible gifts and was so willing and excited to share them with people she cared for and loved. I will miss her dearly of her visits with me and her insightful conversations which made sense to many turmoils in life today. Another angel was called and is finally at peace and no pain.
My prayers and thoughts ae will all of you at this time.

Devera Graves

June 3, 2017

I am so sorry to learn of Helen's death. I remember her as a young child in Halifax with her family. I was fascinated to learn of her many accomplishments during what was, obviously, a life too short, but certainly well lived. My deepest sympathy to her sisters, Libby, Donna, Mary and Peggy. With affectionate regards...Jean Lane Duncan, Philadelphia, PA.

Linda Conrad

May 31, 2017

Helen was the kindest most loving and faithful person I have ever known. Her beautiful spirit and abilities, helped her to make a special difference in many lives. I always admired the way in which she was able to channel her energy, talents, and skills to successfully complete her goals and projects. I feel so blessed to have been able to call her my friend for more than 40 years, and that together we made many wonderful memories that I shall cherish always with happy thoughts. Helen, you really were, and are an angel.
My husband, Bernie and I wish to express our sincere condolences to Helen's sisters and their families. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Linda Conrad

May 31, 2017

Helen was one of the kindest, most loving and faithful people I have ever known. She came into my life more than forty years ago and became not just a wonderful friend, but the sister I never had. Together we made memories that I shall always cherish. I shall always admire the way in which she made her goals become reality, and how she put those methods, and the things she learned together to make a difference in the quality of many lives, including mine. Go be with the angels, dear Helen. I will always have love in my heart for you, and a little smile, as I reflect on the good times that we shared. ............Linda Conrad.
My husband, Bernie and I also wish to send our sincere condolences to Helen's sisters and their families. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

May 31, 2017

Dear Libby:

So sorry to read of the passing of your sister Helen. Be assured you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Ken Mantin

May 31, 2017

To Peggy and family,
So sorry to hear of Helen's untimely passing. Thinking of you all.
Sincerest condolences to all the sisters.
Pam (Matheson) Gaul

May 30, 2017

Helen and I worked together during her years as a coordinator in cancer research. She touched my life and I treasure the memories of dressing up at Halloween and visiting the patients. Much love... I was blessed to have known this amazing woman!
Heather McGuire (Butler)

Heather MacLeod

May 29, 2017

Rest Dear Helen Rest
I am so grateful to have crossed paths with you.
Thanks for everything, lots of love, Heather