November 23, 1932 – September 7, 2020
This journey was completed, a fascinating story was told, and a life was well lived.
With heavy hearts, we announce that Helen Candler has left this world, to embark on her next adventure.
Born in Thorold Ontario, Helen had a gypsy soul, and made her home in many places, including Hamilton, North Bay, Chicago, Los Angeles, St Thomas, and finally London, where she resided the longest. Helen worked hard all her life, until finally retiring at 77. At different times in her life she was a waitress, hairdresser, a nanny, a factory worker, a children’s author, and a cake decorator at a bakery. For a short time, she was even a stand-up comedienne, and performed at Yuk Yuk’s. Without question, Helen’s favourite job was when she was OR technician. She absolutely loved the years she spent working in the operating room.
An avid gardener Helen was a pioneer of organic gardening, decades before it was a trend. She spoiled her family for years with her canning and jam making.
Helen was fiercely intelligent, creative, well-read, funny, loving, generous, patient, spontaneous, liberal, and so very kind. Her family and friends loved her, and she kept us all busy with her antics and escapades.
Helen was predeceased by her sisters Anne and Florence. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces, her daughters Denise and Gisele, her granddaughters Lisa, Kelly, Jade and Madison, and her great grandsons Jackson and Finley.
Helen’s youngest daughter Tracy, with whom she lived for the last 13 years, will miss her desperately.
For the safety of family and friends, there will be no funeral. The family would like everyone for their kindness and condolences.
Hug your Mom today if you can.
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September 16, 2020
That is a beautiful tribute to your mom, Tracy. I'm so sorry for your loss.
September 14, 2020
When I was a small child Helen told me the name of Black Eyed Susans.I still remember exactly where we were.I have a very clear memory of it .Now my whole life whenever I see a Black Eyed Susan I think of Helen.
When I was about ten Helen saw me at a fence staring at a tree in a neighbourse yard.She asked me what I was doing.I pointed at the fruit that was on the tree and asked her what it was. She looked but said she didn't know.
A few days later she told me "Quince!"
I was delighted that her and I knew about this fruit.It seemed to me that not many knew but her and I did.
A week or so later she surprised me with Quince pie and Quince tarts.She had gotten a basket from the neighbour and had done quite a bit of baking.
Several weeks ago I was with a friend and he parked his car and when we got out he pointed to a tree in a yard and said "Hey a pear tree."I looked over and said" those aren't pears those are Quinces"He had never heard of them. I was smiling to myself thinking of Helen.
When I was seventeen I was hanging out with Helen talking about this and that.She told me she didn't like Rush's album Farewell To Kings. She gave me a very detailed critique of the album and the reasons why she didn't like it. I thought it was so cool that she knew about the album.I felt that her opinion was very important and she was ultra-cool.
Well I have many dozens more memories of Helen. I loved hanging out with her and she always made me feel welcome.She touched my heart and will be forever missed.
September 13, 2020
I only met Helen a few times over the years, but I have heard many a story from Tracy and Mike. What I got from this was that she was tenacious, strong willed, and had a sarcasm that I totally appreciate and respect. Quite a special characters from all accounts. These are qualities that we all should find endearing.
Tracy: You took great care of your mom through the good and bad, and I am quite sure she knew how much you loved her. No matter what our beliefs are, she is in a better place and will always smile down at you for all you are, and all that you did.
My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
John and Doris Kingdom
September 12, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss, Tracy.
She must have been quite a personality, loved hearing your stories.
We are thinking of you.
John & Doris
September 11, 2020
Dear Tracy and family,
My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your mom Tracy. We have shared so many stories about our moms over the years. Her obituary is truly a celebration of her life and tells the story of an amazing woman who lived life to the fullest! I know your heart is breaking and you will miss her terribly. I hope your memories will bring you some semblance of peace during this difficult time.
September 11, 2020
Midnight runs to McDonald’s for soft cones with my Aunt, my Grandma driving in her nightie like a mad woman! No matter what, much to our amusement and her chagrin, without fail she always took us. You are much loved and missed. Your Pumpkin. xo
September 11, 2020
Helen, you were my best friend for over 50 years. I will miss you forever. Now you and my mom can see each other again. Love you always ...Wendy