August 31, 1948 ~ March 25, 2015
It is with profound sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of our sister Helen, at home March 25th, 2015 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born into a military family in Clinton, Ont. she was the first of three daughters born to Hubert (Jack) and Grace Foster. She lived in various parts of Canada and spent several years in France before arriving in Comox in 1963. She attended Robb Road School and Courtenay Senior High. Helen went on to study at Malaspina College in Nanaimo and also graduated from a modelling program in Victoria.
In her early adult life, her travels continued, taking her across Canada and back again. Her jobs were varied from office manager to dental support to bar tender at the Fisherman’s Pub, the Lorne Hotel, and the Courtenay Legion eventually retiring in 2005 after 20 years serving on the Comox-Powell River Ferry.
Helen was quiet in nature. She was well known for her culinary skills and her incredible luncheons and dinner parties. Other pass times included gardening, stained glass, knitting and sewing. Dottie, a beautiful Collie and wonderful companion, kept her active in all kinds of weather walking the neighbourhood and local beaches.
Predeceased by her son Zeke (1974), her mother (1989), and her father (2004), she will be sorely missed by her sister Linda (Gary), Donna (Wayne), and her niece and nephews, Erin, Dallyn (Kate), Ryan, and Callum, and many very close friends.
She will be remembered for her compassion and her generosity, her wit and humour, and by some, for her fiery spirit, fighting for what she believed to be right. She will be missed for the immeasurable love that she shared with her family and closest friends.
On Sunday May 17th at 1:30pm friends and family will be gathering at Air Force Beach to pay tribute to Helen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MARS, Courtenay or to the Comox Valley Land Trust.