James Michael Helland

January 1, 1948July 1, 2019

On Monday, July 1, 2019 James (Jim) M. Helland passed away at age 71. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ouida Brantley Helland. He is survived by his father, James M. Helland of Mobile, his sister, Molly Helland DuBose (Michael) of Sparta, NC, nieces Brantley DuBose Alvey (Scott) of Charlotte, NC and Emma DuBose of New York City, and grandnieces Liv and Maggie Alvey of Charlotte, NC. Jim served in the Navy and was a valued employee of Alabama Heat Exchangers for many years. Jim had a passion for fishing, photography and telling a good tale. As a devoted resident of downtown Mobile, Jim could often be found holding court at the Bicycle Shop and the Garage. The highlight of his nieces’ and grandnieces’ Christmas visits to Mobile were his unusual gifts and his extended stories of how he discovered them and why they were perfectly suited to the girls, usually told over beer and gumbo at Wintzells. He will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at The family would appreciate if his friends would leave their personal condolences and rememberances at the Radney Funeral Services website. A memorial service to honor the unique life of Jim Helland will be held at the later date and will be announced in a subsequent obituary.


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Tina Turberville

July 8, 2019

I would stop in to visit Mr. Jim at Alabama Heat Exchangers and sometimes stay longer than intended. I loved listening to his stories. He would always share a past fishing experience or life lesson with me. I will miss him dearly,.

Erin and Leighton DuBose

July 6, 2019

Mr. Helland and Molly,
Please know we are sorry for Jim’s passing and the loss you are certainly feeling. Surely Mike and the girls are feeling that loss also. We wish you well in the days ahead. Much love, Erin and Leighton

Larry Hunter

July 5, 2019

Jim always had a great story to share. He made people think and laugh and had a great imagination. Jim loved Dauphin Island, Mardi Gras, downtown Mobile, photography and going kayak fishing. He even taught me how to cook asperigus! I will miss his great personality and the conversations we had.

Bill Davis

July 5, 2019

It was my pleasure to work with Jim Helland at Alabama Heat Exchangers . We shared a love of fishing , Hunting and Life.

I will miss his smile, quick wit and stories of past glories, in business and fishing too.

Terry Mannion

July 5, 2019

My house is across the street from Jim's in downtown Mobile. Many afternoons while porch sitting, I would catch Jim returning home from work always with a friendly wave and smile. Occassionaly, he would spend a few minutes with tales of photo shoots from his kayak. Would see him often at the Bike Shop and he was a regular on 11-11. Very sad to see him go...

Jimi Williams

July 5, 2019

I worked with Jim in the heat exchanger/equipment fabrication business for many years. I learned a great deal from him. He was knowledgeable in his work but more importantly knew how to deal with people in a caring way. Jim sparked my interest and introduced me to Kayaking and Yak fishing some years ago. He helped me acquire a kayak and also assisted me in rigging it out with many cool features and designs. He also took me out near Dauphin Island on one of my very first kayak fishing trips. I am still active with it and will never forget the time he spent with me to get me going! It's one of my true passions still today and I'll think of him every time I go Yak fishing! I will miss him, his cool stories, wit and humor. Condolences to the family during this time.