OBITUARY

Helen Grey Davis

May 29, 1921April 28, 2021

Davis (nee Bingham), Helen Grey – Passed quietly at Canterbury Gardens, Peterborough on Wednesday, April 28th just shy of her 100th birthday. Predeceased by her beloved husband Bob (2018). Loving mother of Barbara Gilbert (Rick), Eric Davis, Ruth Spencley (Larry John MacKay) (Jim 2005) and Shirley Vollett (Jim) and much loved by her 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is survived by brother-in-law Mervyn Tripp.

Born May 29, 1921 to Oswald and Elsie (nee Carnahan) Bingham, Helen lived with her parents and grandparents on the family farm near Almonte, Ontario. The oldest of 3, she was close playmates with her late sister Doris and big sister to her late brother Keith. School was always her passion, so it was no surprise that she elected to train as a teacher. She taught for 5 years, during which time Bob returned from service overseas and they married in July 1944. They enjoyed 74 happy years of marriage. Helen was a mother and homemaker extraordinaire, interested in every aspect of her children’s lives and development. This extended to her grandchildren and great grands. She returned to supply teaching for 10 years once her own children were in school. Then she focused on her many volunteer activities. Helen had many roles at her beloved St. John’s Anglican Church and more than 25 years of service with the Telecare Distress Line. Her caring, listening ear continued to touch others to the end of her life. She enjoyed golfing, curling, playing bridge and travel with Bob, most notably their time in Bangladesh. By example Helen taught us to focus on the good, be grateful for what we have and to care for others. We will miss her caring presence, her delicious and lovingly made buns and her unfailing remembrance of our many birthdays! In her final years she has been surrounded by her Canterbury Gardens family and we are so grateful for their capable and loving care. Despite current restrictions, all four of her children are thankful they were able to be with her during the last week of her life.

Helen’s children will gather for a private service and burial on Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to view through livestream at www.comstockkaye.com (Scroll down to the service information for Helen and click Join Livestream button 5 minutes prior to the service time). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Johns Anglican Church, Peterborough Regional Health Centre or the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at www.comstockkaye.com

Services

  • Private Family Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Marylyn White

May 8, 2021

Helen was a lovely woman with whom I golfed with. She and her husband also belonged to St. John,s church where I also belong. She was a beautiful person,very kind and gentle.

Sheila Perry

May 5, 2021

Dear Barbara, Ruth, Eric and Shirley,
The loss of your Mom brings back such special memories of growing up years in Peterborough and at St. John’s . Etched in my memory are the Sunday school sessions, where she patiently and kindly led classes. Our parents shared special visits and events at St. John’s and annual gatherings held at our cottage with bridge clubs, corn roasts etc. A lasting impression will be of a wonderfully, kind and thoughtful woman, along with Bob, who always had time to greet us and check in about how we were doing. These examples are but a few of the warm thoughts, special and exemplary times shared. May you each be blessed with lasting warm memories which will bring happy smiles to you in the years to come. Warm thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Sheila

Bill Tripp

May 5, 2021

Beautiful service for Aunt Helen.
I really enjoyed listening to your eulogies, Barb, Eric and Shirley. Well done !
Unfortunately during these difficult times we couldn't be there but I wanted you to know we are thinking of you on this day.
All our love
Bill and Marilyn

Daphne Molson

May 5, 2021

I watched the funeral of Helen Davis today from my home and heard Rev. Brad speak Christ's fine words fit for her burial service. She was a blessed woman, wife, mother, and grandmother, who served Saint John's Church, for so many years, as did her husband, Bob, I was liking her ashes in their urn were picked up and carried to where he is buried, that she is eternal vouchsafed to him, her ashes with his ashes, and she rest with him in their death's eternity with each other. It is pleasant there is so much Davis flesh still alive for they both have gone. They were wonderful folk to have Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, any Sunday, and any other occasion with. They will always be missed. Daphne Jane Rogers Molson, 688 Gilchrist Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H4P3 , Phone, 705-874-3520.

Debbie Murphy (Hartwell)

May 5, 2021

Dear Ruth and Family:
My sincere condolences at your Mom's passing. She had such a warm smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debbie Murphy (Hartwell)

Sandra Wilson(Bill) Wilson

May 5, 2021

Thinking of all of you today and wishing we could all be there with you. Our hearts will be with you as we watch her service online.

Aunt Helen was a special lady who always took an interest in what we were all doing. We will always cherish the visits we had with her and your Dad. We were thankful to hear you were able to be with her during her last days.

Love Bill, Sandra Wilson & Family

Marion and Jim Swanston

May 4, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to all of Helen’s family who have been so loved by both Helen and Bob. We were privileged to live next door to them at the condo, and renewed memories of St. John’s Church when our children were small. Helen was a very special friend and we will miss her.

Shirley Horner

May 4, 2021

My sympathy to Helen's family and friends on the occasion of her passing.
She was a long-term volunteer at Telecare, highly valued for her dedication to the organization, and a great contributor to many aspects of the work.
Shirley Horner

Sylvia McMechan

May 3, 2021

Helen was a kind, gracious and sensible woman. When I would visit, she greeted me with a warm welcome and calm smile that shone from her heart. Mother to my dear childhood friend Shirley, Helen’s gentle presence and no-nonsense ways remind me of the goodness we can embody in even the simplest of human gestures. Her wholehearted faith serves as an unwavering beacon, and outlives her mortality.

Verla Wilson

May 3, 2021

Harris and I are happy to have known Aunt Helen all these years. I remember going to Peterborough for holidays and going to the cottage. Aunt Helen and Uncle Bob had me over many times when I was at Trent University. Oh, the joy of a home cooked meal!
In recent times we have enjoyed visiting Aunt Helen. Thanks to Ruth and L.J. for all the hospitality.
Aunt Helen was kind and always interested in what you were doing. She was a loving aunt and we shall miss her.
Love,
Verla and Harris

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY