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Helen Aitkin

Helen Agnes Aitkin

Thursday, July 14th, 1949 - Sunday, November 15th, 2020
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Passed away peacefully on November 15, 2020 at Groves Memorial Hospital. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Lilian Crum (Reed Wilson). Beloved grandmother of Lee Aitkin Wilson. Predeceased by her parents Robert Bruce Aitkin and Marion Aitkin (nee Barrie). Sister of Eleanor Matte (Denis Matte), George Aitkin (Terry Kolic), Lois Cherry (Mike Darmon) and Robert Aitkin, and Helen will be missed by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many beloved friends.

Helen had a successful career in Rural Telecommunications and International Development, and recently dedicated her time volunteering as the editor of the Wellington County Historical Society journal. Her life was filled with adventure, wit, and fun. She traveled the world to live, work and explore places like Guatemala, Ghana, Chad, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Denmark, Scotland and Portugal. Along the way, she made lifelong friends who she thought of like family. She leaves behind love, knowledge and laughter.

To honour Helen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life may be held at a later date, when friends and family can gather again safely.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Helen to Farm Radio International, where she worked early in her career.
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Anthony Matte

Posted at 10:34pm
I always loved our visits to Aunt Helen's house. It was a place of nature, mystery, fun, and love. I remember all the conversations I had with Helen about books... she was always reading and always had something interesting and thoughtful to say. I remember how happy she was every time the family got together, and how tightly she would hug when she greeted people. Aunt Helen is someone I will carry with me, and whose generosity and love will always inspire me to try and be a better human being. She will be missed. Love to Lilian, Lee, and the rest of our family and friends who will be missing her too. Love,
Anthony, Amanda, Ryan, and Adam
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Melisa Luymes

Posted at 09:06pm
I had a blast working with Helen on the Wellington History Journal. She helped to keep our meetings so fun and I loved the digressions into history and hilarity we took together. She had a wealth of knowledge and connections; she introduced me to some of her friends in Guelph that have changed the course of my life … and the last conversation I had with her, I will treasure forever. Helen was an inspiration, a treasure trove of fun facts (historical or otherwise) a free spirit and a dear friend.
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Leslie Wilson

Posted at 08:40pm
What an amazing person, and what an adventure your life with your mom must have been, Lillian. I join others in saying how sorry I am for her passing and your loss of her from this life. I wish I'd had the chance to know Helen.
MC

Melissa Campbell

Posted at 07:23pm
I loved her incredible enthusiasm. You could see it in every fibre of her being when you were with her. I remember being in awe of her house in the woods, full of plants and books and ideas. She was a great single parent role model, a strong “I can do it!” woman. Love to all the Aitkens, their families and friends.
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Brian Beaton

Posted at 07:00pm
A life well lived where Helen shared, cared, did, loved .. this is how I want to remember my very special friend .. I feel so privileged and blessed to meet and work with Helen over the years. She was always such a wonderful cheerleader and support for our work. She will be missed by all but I know her beautiful spirit will continue to be shared by everyone who knew her. Sending love, hugs and only the best thoughts and memories to all .. LOVE LOVE LOVE ..
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