1937 – 2014
It is with great sadness that the family of Roy Stanley Hellekson announce his passing at the age of 77, on December 24, 2014. He passed away peacefully at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, BC after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Roy was born June 7, 1937 in Darwell, Alberta to Dave and Nora Hellekson.
He married Sylvia (Sandberg) on Nov.21, 1959 in Nelson, B.C. Roy was in the Army from 1955 to 1958. He worked most of his life on the water as a tug boat operator from 1958 to 1977 with Kootenay Forest Products and Celgar Marine Division. He finished his career on the water working for the Ministry of Transportation on the M.V Anscomb and M.V Balfour ferries from 1977 to 1992. Roy retired Dec.1, 1992 at the age of 55. Roy enjoyed attending hockey games, hunting, boating, camping, fishing, snowmobiling and motor biking through the mountains with family and friends. He spent 11 winters with his wife in Yuma, Arizona and summers in Osoyoos. They moved back to Nelson in 2007 to spend more time with family.
Roy is survived by his wife Sylvia, son Rick (Terry-Lee), grand children Trevor, Samantha and great grand-daughter Rylee. Daughter Sandra (Gordon Rae), grand children Jessica, Nicole and Jared. Brothers Henry (Louise) and Vernon, sisters Alice, Betty (Bob Hawes), Barb (Arne Sandberg), Margaret (Harvey Andrusak) and Patsy (Gordon Fitchett). Roy also has several Nieces and Nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter Cindy Lee, Mother Nora and Father Dave. Roy has requested no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation 3 View Street, Nelson BC V1L 2V1. .
We would like to thank Dr.Brian Moulson, nurses and all the support people who helped Roy and us through this difficult time.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.