Helen Thom

Helen Thom

October 1, 1933 – September 22, 2016

It is with great sadness we announce Helen’s passing with incredible courage and dignity from her struggles with cancer. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Gordon and her three children, Kathy, Graham (Michele) and Margot (Laurent) and her brother, Edward Hurlston (Carol) and niece, Kim. She leaves to specially remember her, six grandchildren that she adored, Dani (Craig), Durham, Natasha, Derek, Evan and Lucas. She was predeceased by her parents Harold and Winnifred Hurston. Helen had a very full and vibrant life with many cherished friendships.


She lived most of her life in the Dunbar area and attended QE, Lord Bying and UBC where she completed her BA ’55 and Bachelor of Social Work in 1956. Her early career found her working in remote areas of Northern, BC and then at an adoption placement agency in Vancouver. Later, after devoting her endless energy to raising her family she completed her MA at SFU in 1982. She trained as an Orton-Gillingham tutor, teaching children with dyslexia and worked as a practicum advisor for tutor training. Helen loved to learn and stay current on world issues, to share knowledge (especially to grandchildren), to attend theater, symphony and educational talks and to stay active, fit and healthy. Her treasured experiences in her later years were travelling the world with Gordon and sharing time with family and friends. Our 46 summers together at Bowen Island are cherished memories for all of us. The family is very grateful for the care given by the BCCA, the VH palliative ward, Dr. N. Zalunardo, Dr. I. Perlman, her physician of 51 years and her close special friends.


In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Cancer Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. A celebration of life will take place in October.

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