Cameron James Helmer

March 7, 2002June 5, 2018

The Helmer family has asked that the life of their son, Cameron, be remembered for the joy that music brought to his life. Cameron was a brilliant, kind, compassionate young man who will be dearly missed by his family, friends and community.

Thank you for your generosity in donating to support the Ventura High School Music Program as a way to honor Cameron's life and musical journey. Cameron was a talented young trumpet player who first picked up a horn in middle school. Your donation leaves a legacy to Cameron, alongside others who knew and loved him in addition to providing opportunities for other students to explore and develop musical gifts.


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Ann Bryant

June 19, 2018

Dearest Jimmy, I haven't seen you in years, but whenever I'm in Ventura I think of babysitting you and Kimmie with the Tiangcos. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Cameron sounds like an amazing young man. You and your entire family are in my prayers. Ann Kacic Bryant

Natalie Cook

June 18, 2018

Cameron was one of my best friends in cabrillo. I remember he was my bus buddy. We would talk to each other, and Lindsey. I remember never being afraid if he’ll judge me. He was so easy to talk to, so kind spirited, never ever had a bad thing to say about anyone. He’ll be deeply missed by many. I’m so so sorry for your loss.

Kathy Shields

June 18, 2018

Jimmies I LOVE you SO much! Our entire family is lifting yours up in prayer. Thinking of you all every single day.
Kathy, Paul, and Family

Everett & Dionisia Vital

June 16, 2018

Dr. Helmer,
We are so sorry about your loss, our thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your family. Our deepest sympathy.

Everett & Dionisia Vital

Lynda Hartson

June 16, 2018

Dr. Helmer,
As one of your first patients at VCMC, it quickly became apparent the way you took each patient into your life and cared about us. I’m sure that your children and wife experienced even more caring and love.
May your family of patients now gather around you and your family with loving support. All of the people that you have been there for, are now wishing that they could be there for you and your family. Many prayers are rising up for you.

shannon bryant

June 14, 2018


Sarah Kaikaina

June 14, 2018

I never had the pleasure of meeting Cameron, but my daughter, Shianne and he became close friends for a time at Cabrillo Middle school. I remember how her face would light up whenever she mentioned his name, she cared about him deeply. They lost touch and sadly, recently she told me of his passing. We were both shocked to say the least. We talked about him, she shared happy memories and says she can never walk back into a music room again without thinking of Cameron. He was a sweet soul who was so kind to my daughter at a time when she needed it most.

Mr. And Mrs. Helmer, I never got the chance to meet you, but as a parent my heart is broken for you both, and wish you both love, light and strength to get through this time. Rest in love, Cameron.

Zaira Romero

June 14, 2018

Dr Helmer
I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences. I never met your Son but I’m sure he had a heart of Gold just like yours. My loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joy Liu

June 13, 2018

Cameron and I were best friends in elementary school . He was always so sweet and could always bring a smile to my face . He was the first person to introduce me to video games like plants vs zombies and was one of the only people I truly felt comfortable with. I’ll cherish the memories we made forever.

Lois Ivanoff

June 12, 2018

Dearest Helmer family,
We moved away to Washington state a year and a half ago but in middle school my son Chris was good friends with Cameron. Cameron was the sweetest kid and we really enjoyed spending time with him and I enjoyed getting to know your family as well. What you don’t know is that we were back there in April on spring break and Chris wanted to see Cameron but a few days into our vacation he came down with a virus that we later found out was mono. We never told you nor Cameron that we were going to see him because it was going to be a surprise. And now of course it’s too late. I’m hoping that by sharing this you know that we have been thinking of your family even before we heard the news about Cam and we do care about you all and we look forward to seeing you this summer when we come down there to spend time with you and Cameron’s friends.
Most Sincerely,
Lois Ivanoff and
Chris Ivanoff-Smith