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Helen Louise Swim

June 14, 1954 - February 8, 2018

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The family is heartbroken to announce

her passing on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Survived by her loving husband and soulmate,

Jim Bourke, her sisters Lysa and Vicki Swim,

her brother Robert Swim, sisters in law

Yvonne Swim and Georgina Bourke, brother in law

Mark Bourke, and nephews Patrick Bourke,

Sean Bourke, and Carter Swim.


Helen’s infectious and beautiful smile will always

express the passion and vivacious way she lived.

She had an insatiable curiosity about life and learning.

Her broad range of tastes and her desire to try new

things defined who she was and how she embraced

all new experiences.  She had a special bond with

animals of all kinds throughout her life, as attested by

our menagerie. Even more evident by her final career

choice and those lucky dogs that walked with her

every day for the past ten years. She will be missed

by all those who have shared the incredible life

force that was Helen.


A celebration of life will be held at the Arts and Letters Club,

14 Elm Street, Toronto on Wednesday, February 21 between

4:00 – 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s

memory may be made to the Toronto Humane Society.


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