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Joan O'Neill
B: 1930-07-13
D: 2017-12-12
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O'Neill, Joan
Keven Helseth
B: 1943-07-30
D: 2017-12-05
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Helseth, Keven
Trevor Owens
B: 1947-04-25
D: 2017-12-03
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Owens, Trevor
Elsie Frisky
B: 1930-10-07
D: 2017-12-03
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Frisky, Elsie
John Lachinette
B: 1930-09-28
D: 2017-11-30
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Lachinette, John
Elias Burgoyne
B: 1922-02-18
D: 2017-11-25
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Burgoyne, Elias
Dorothy Humphrey
B: 1923-11-02
D: 2017-11-24
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Humphrey, Dorothy
Ann Felice
B: 1974-04-23
D: 2017-11-23
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Felice, Ann
Terry McEvoy
B: 1948-12-03
D: 2017-11-23
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McEvoy, Terry
Antigio Veneruz
B: 1938-07-11
D: 2017-11-22
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Veneruz, Antigio
Maria Giuseppina Valente
B: 1928-06-27
D: 2017-11-21
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Valente, Maria Giuseppina
Elisebeth Fiddler
B: 1939-02-21
D: 2017-11-19
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Fiddler, Elisebeth
Tracy Nixon
B: 1960-04-06
D: 2017-11-18
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Nixon, Tracy
Steven Sarnowski
B: 1982-09-20
D: 2017-11-18
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Sarnowski, Steven
Gladys Britten
B: 1915-08-06
D: 2017-11-17
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Britten, Gladys
Claudia Bugara
B: 1922-06-01
D: 2017-11-14
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Bugara, Claudia
Maria Gerace
B: 1930-04-24
D: 2017-11-13
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Gerace, Maria
Elaine Arsenault
B: 1923-06-14
D: 2017-11-13
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Arsenault, Elaine
Joan St. Jarre
B: 1943-07-07
D: 2017-11-09
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St. Jarre, Joan
Leta Berko - D'Angelo
B: 1955-03-15
D: 2017-11-09
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Berko - D'Angelo, Leta
Denis Perron
B: 1940-04-20
D: 2017-11-08
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Perron, Denis

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Condolence From: Linda Mae Sharp
Condolence: I was sad to hear the news of Keven's sudden passing as we were always planning to visit each other either in Thunder Bay or in Kelowna and so sorry that it didn't happen. My family and 5 sibblings moved away from Ontario when I was 16 years old but I have many very fond memories of Keven; when we went to gramma's for her delicious sunday dinners, sleepovers at gramma when my mom was sick, visiting at Christmas and exchanging gifts, Keven taking us for drives in gramma's old black car and listening to Kevan as he played on the piano...he was amazing on the ivory's and could play any kind of music like nobodies business without any musical notes he was a natural. Sending my heartfelt condolences to all Keven's sibblings and family at this difficult time as you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing I could have been at the Memorial Service! Keven you will be missed and thought of often but I know that you are in heaven with the rest of the family members who have passed on...may you rest in peace "the Sir" uncle Keven!
Tuesday December 12, 2017
Condolence From: Candace Weiss Vilhan
Condolence: This was such sad news to hear. “ the Sir” was my grade 6 teacher when I was at green acres school and I think that was 1979. It was so sweet to see that David Shalley’s Brother posted as I was in the same grade 6 class with him and he used to draw cartoons to entertain us all. Mr. Helseth taught us about respecting your elders and teachers which I don’t think kids these days get enough of. I remember we were getting an immunization at school one day and a girl fainted next to me at her desk. Mr.Helseth swooped over to pick her up ran holding her to get her to the nurses without skipping a beat. He was always firm but fair and was very compassionate and professional. As soon as I saw his picture, and the “ the sir” I knew it was him instantly. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and take comfort in all of the lives he touched⭐️
Sunday December 10, 2017
Condolence From: Jamie Shalley
Condolence: Our family was deeply saddened at the news of Keven's passing. The Sir taught my brother David and I at Green Acres School in the early 1980s, which began a lifelong friendship with my brother, myself, and my mom Hermi.

I know I'm not alone when I say that Keven was the best teacher I ever had. He always went to bat for his kids, always encouraged us, and music time was always fun when he sat down at the piano. With 'The Sir', it was all about respect. Few people I've known commanded respect like he did. And he earned every bit of it. Here's a story my former classmates and I talk about fondly to this day. Our Grade 6 teacher left the room to make photocopies down the hall, and the roar in the room began to grow as 30 suddenly unsupervised kids began to talk, laugh and basically sound like a hurricane. Keven, who had been teaching his class next door, suddenly appeared in the doorway. And all sound immediately ceased in that room. He had that stern look on his face, he adjusted his glasses, stared at us for a few moments, then returned to his work. He didn't have to say anything. The message was received.

We will remember him as a man with a kind heart, a great teacher and friend who always carried himself with class. Our sincere condolences to his family. He is truly missed.

-- The Shalley Family --

Saturday December 09, 2017
Condolence From: Laura and Jim Harnett
Condolence: We were very saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. He was always interested ready to help. The Thunder Bay Hill City Kinsmen and the K40 clubs owe Kevin a great debt of gratitude as he always was willing to help and kept things going. We will miss him. I will miss his hugs.
Saturday December 09, 2017
Condolence From: Jarron Childs
Condolence: "Sir" was my grade 7 and 8 teacher at Balsam school. We were a challenging class to say the least. I think we may have been the only group of kids to deviate from having to call him "Sir" or "Mr. Helseth". By the end of grade 8, we were able to sneak in the odd "Kevin" or "KD" and not get the "stare". I would like to thank everyone that posted quotes, its amazing how much you can remember with a little prompting. My best memory is from grade 8, a bunch of us less troublesome kids decided to skip school and go downtown. The next day he hauled us all out into the hallway and told us he was going to have to talk to our parent and we were in a lot of trouble. We confessed to going downtown, but what he didn't know was that we had bought him an Everly Brothers T-shirt (Wake up a little Suzy, Wake Up) for his birthday. He gave us a stern look, said thank you, and let us off of the hook. Maybe that sounds irresponsible, but I think we all took it as a genuine caring moment. For all of the tough guy exterior, he had a heart of gold. I don't remember many elementary school experiences, but Kevin I remember, and remember fondly. He will be missed. Thank you "Sir" for all your caring, patience and love.
Saturday December 09, 2017
Condolence From: Debra Johnsen
Condolence: Mr. Helseth made an impact on many of our lives. In his first year of teaching, I believe, at Oliver Road School, many of us continued to connect with him over the years. Our mothers loved him!! ....and yes, carry on independently! Peace be with you, Keven, in your journey. You left a legacy that won't be forgotten.
Saturday December 09, 2017
Condolence From: Michael Hull
Condolence: Similar to so many others I cannot put into words what Keven meant to me. I knew Keven for the last 13 years of his life. That would be his second lifetime. I feel so very privileged that Keven chose to spend as much time with me as he did. His acceptance, respect and love will never be forgotten. Keven and I shared so many smiles over the time we knew each other. I will treasure all those good times for the rest of my days.
Friday December 08, 2017
Condolence From: Matt Andrews
Condolence: I just learned of this incredibly sad news tonite, So Weird, I called him just over a week ago driving home from work one night. We had not spoken in over a year. He sounded great. We had a great chat, caught up on everyone and shared stories about my kids. Keven was my Grade 7 teacher at Balsam School. I always kept In touch with Keven after I left Balsam School and even rented a room from him when I was in my last year University. That was 20 years ago. He was always there for me. There are countless lessons and sayings I will forever cherish. I am so sorry I cannot be there tomorrow in support of the countless students he impacted over his career. To say he had an impact on me is major understatement.

As he always said to me "Carry on independently". Those words have never meant so much as they do tonite. I will miss you dearly.
Friday December 08, 2017
Condolence From: Mary Siddall-Caban
Condolence: I was very saddened to hear of Keven's passing. I have known Keven for many years and had the pleasure of working with him at Balsam School. He was always a kind and caring man with a great sense of humour. He will be missed by many. Sincere condolences to his family and close friends.
Friday December 08, 2017
Condolence From: Laureen Izzard
Condolence: Kevin was a great teacher and late in my life a good friend . Saw you on Monday miss you for ever. Rest in peace my friend.
Friday December 08, 2017
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