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Thomas Vivian Helwig

December 17, 1940 - May 3, 2019

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Beloved son of the late Hon. Caleb Vivian and Jessie Woodrow (née Baker) Helwig, Tom lost his battle with cancer and gained peace on Friday morning May 3rd, 2019, while under continuing care at St. Vincent Hospital, Ottawa.

Affectionate elder brother of David Herbert Helwig (Lake Worth FL), uncle to David and Winsome Wint-Helwig’s two sons: Stephen David Helwig (married to Jana – children Eden and Winston (Marietta GA), and Vivian Andrew Helwig (married to Brittany – children Amelia, Maxwell and Calvin (St. Augustine FL).

A Canadian citizen since 1974, Tom was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica and obtained his Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate in 1958 while a student at Jamaica College. He obtained a B.A. (Honours – Law) in 1964 while a resident at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge; a M.B.A. (Public Administration and International Marketing) in 1967 from George Washington University; and a M.B.A. from Fitzwilliam College in 1968. He retired in 1995 from the Federal Government of Canada after 25 years service, having worked as a legal translator and supervisor (French to English), Secretary of State.  Post-retirement he continued to work part-time as a translator – for some years at the Centre for Legal Translation, University of Ottawa.

In the last few weeks Tom spoke of a favourite teacher at Jamaica College – Mr. Ennever – who wrote on his behalf that “Helwig is a conscientious young man with ideals and purpose….”
He is remembered fondly by cousins in England, the U.S.A., Ottawa, Toronto, St. John’s NL, and family and friends with whom he kept in contact over the years through correspondence, and telephone calls.
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