It is with profound sadness to report the peaceful passing of Helena Corry on Sunday, June 29, 2014, just 27 days short of her milestone 60th birthday. Helena had been in the palliative unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, B.C.
Helena is predeceased by her brother John Huculak of Toronto. She is survived by her parents James and Dorothy Huculak of Toronto, her daughter Stephanie Corry of White Rock B.C., her sisters Deborah Vittie-Pagliaro (John Pagliaro) of Toronto, and Stefany Schmidt (Mike Schmidt) of U.S.A., and her nieces and nephews Jessica Parrott and Nathaniel Vittie of Toronto, Brent (Suzie) and Mandi Schmidt of U.S.A and great-niece Elinor Schmidt.
Helena had a distinguished career with the RCMP, having served as a Special Constable in Toronto and as a uniform Constable in Vancouver. Following early retirement, Helena pursued her passion in working with youth and served 10 years as an employment counselor on Vancouver Island.
In her leisure time, Helena enjoyed singing, painting, and cooking. Helena loved her food and especially enjoying food with her many friends. Helena also had a dedicated passion for alternative health and was very generous with her knowledge. In fact, Helena was known in the Comox Valley for her contributions to alternative health and her Annual Health Fair held at Crown Isle. Helena loved butterflies and the spiritual symbolism of them. She was a very positive, feisty and determined woman who loved life and lived it to the fullest!
There will be a private Celebration of Life honouring Helena at her favourite place; Crescent Beach, B.C. at a later date.
Heartfelt gratitude being sent to St. Joe’s – 3rd floor staff, Dr. Howard, Dr. Mazaheri, Pastor Brian, and the amazing nurses who delivered care with incredible compassion and dignity.
Special thank you to the Hospice Team, and Mikeoula for her healing music and crystal bowls, and to Helena’s dear friends Deborah, Renee and Susan for your loving commitment and your many hours.
Donations in honour of Helena Corry’s memory may be made to the Comox Valley Hospice Society or the Children’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.