ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Greg Helem, 77 years old, born on March 1, 1945, and passed away on April 8, 2022. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Muriel Klemetski on May 31, 2022
Greg was such a kind, intelligent and thoughtful person who always had a warm, happy and witty response for you. He was instrumental in our CARE / SFU partnership and will be genuinely missed. Greg you will be missed.
Posted by Sue Kershaw on May 15, 2022
I met Greg at Prince of Wales Elementary in Vancouver when we were both in grade 3. His mother was our teacher that year. I visited with them in their home throughout our school years. Greg was both a gentle man and a gentleman as well as warm, caring, intelligent, insightful, reliable, hard-working, and a steadfast friend. in latter years, we used to meet at the Quai in North Vancouver when I travelled down to the Coast. I will miss his ready smile and our great conversations! And... an added thanks to Greg from the King Ed grads of 1962 for scanning all 300 of our grad pictures. We have used them ever since at our various reunions and in our three or four general emails many years. Greg WILL be missed!
Posted by judith snider on May 14, 2022

I had the privilege of meeting Greg more than 2 years ago when our photography project began. He was such an important part of our group, The Collective Agency Project. Quite quiet, but when he did speak we listened closely to his unique perspectives and brilliant ideas. He could be very forthright at times and very articulate. And very supportive of those of us who were struggling with our work.
Greg's work was so finely crafted and imaginative. And he was so funny in his very dry way. What a good sport, willing to participate in all kinds of crazy antics as we fumbled our way through our various projects.
Greg was very keen on the idea of us continuing on in the future as a group and was already thinking of some projects we could delve into. I was so looking forward to working with him.
Greg will be hugely missed.
Posted by Silas Krabbe on May 9, 2022
I had the pleasure of sharing an office with Greg for a number of years. Our schedules sometimes overlapped and those times are ones I will cherish in my memory of Greg. He was always warm, kind, and seemed happy to see me, even when I was a distraction to what he was working on. He was a diligent caretaker of his tasks and always went the extra mile to help fix any troubles I was encountering if he was able.
I will remember him as one who had cultivated a gentle and generous heart, a true gift in what is often a rushed and scrappy world.
Posted by Sarah Joy on May 6, 2022
I'm going to miss our "think tank" breakfasts and drinks, and Greg's compassion, insight, warmth and optimism. I'll cherish the memories, the sage advice, the great hugs and the far too short time we had together. I'll always appreciate how deeply he thought of others and try to keep his example as a guiding light.
Posted by B Fearon on May 5, 2022
In the short time that I knew Greg, I was blessed by his kindness and his lovely stories that brought such insight and joy to our conversations. His sharp thinking, skillful wit, and eloquent words were a gift to me and so many others. Grateful to God for the gift of Greg to us all.
Posted by Verena Foxx on May 5, 2022
A man of measured words, always kind, reflective and inspiring, with a dash of quirky humour. An anchor in our Collective Agency Project. Missed but archived. A short but treasured experience.
Posted by Scott Shaw on May 4, 2022
Really miss out daily fire pit chat. Many great idea were born there.
Posted by Arthur Armstrong on May 4, 2022
I would bump into Greg at social events or special occasions and always enjoyed chatting with him. We shared a mutual history of the CBC when it was located in "The Garage" on Georgia street. Greg was truly and all round nice person and was well liked by all those that knew him. Greg, I am sure we will bump into you down the road and in the meanwhile we can enjoy our memories of you.
Posted by Theresa Shaw on May 4, 2022
Greg was my C.A.R.E. minivan driving and tour guide buddy, always cheerful and calm, the best part of the day was knowing Greg would be there to greet everyone no matter how nervous I was. Will miss you Greg!

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Posted by Muriel Klemetski on May 31, 2022
Greg was such a kind, intelligent and thoughtful person who always had a warm, happy and witty response for you. He was instrumental in our CARE / SFU partnership and will be genuinely missed. Greg you will be missed.
Posted by Sue Kershaw on May 15, 2022
I met Greg at Prince of Wales Elementary in Vancouver when we were both in grade 3. His mother was our teacher that year. I visited with them in their home throughout our school years. Greg was both a gentle man and a gentleman as well as warm, caring, intelligent, insightful, reliable, hard-working, and a steadfast friend. in latter years, we used to meet at the Quai in North Vancouver when I travelled down to the Coast. I will miss his ready smile and our great conversations! And... an added thanks to Greg from the King Ed grads of 1962 for scanning all 300 of our grad pictures. We have used them ever since at our various reunions and in our three or four general emails many years. Greg WILL be missed!
Posted by judith snider on May 14, 2022

I had the privilege of meeting Greg more than 2 years ago when our photography project began. He was such an important part of our group, The Collective Agency Project. Quite quiet, but when he did speak we listened closely to his unique perspectives and brilliant ideas. He could be very forthright at times and very articulate. And very supportive of those of us who were struggling with our work.
Greg's work was so finely crafted and imaginative. And he was so funny in his very dry way. What a good sport, willing to participate in all kinds of crazy antics as we fumbled our way through our various projects.
Greg was very keen on the idea of us continuing on in the future as a group and was already thinking of some projects we could delve into. I was so looking forward to working with him.
Greg will be hugely missed.
his Life

Captain Greg Helem's Journey

Philanthropic initiatives have always been a cornerstone of Greg's personal passion. For over thirty-five years, Greg had been involved with many non-profit community-based organizations and activities.

Greg had a passion in visual art and was a marketing consultant in graphic design, filming presentation, documentaries production, and more, including a recent participation in mural art displays at the front entrance of Hillcrest Community Centre under direction of art leader Ann Pollock. This project has been entitled “in memory of Greg Helem”

Greg’s early years were at various jobs including at ICBC as a team leader.

Fun Fact – Greg kept active with Zoom art photo classes, Kondo-inspired decluttering, and minting NFT’s.

Director of Strathcona Church
Greg was a devoted Christian. Rarely talked about but a true believer of Preach by Deed, not by Words.
www.strathconachurch.com

Director of Captain Scott Legacy Society
In recent years, Greg had a growing passion to Promote Volunteerism. Greg believed if people did more volunteer work, then society would become more giving and the world would be a better and more peaceful place.
www.captainscott.ca

Director of C.A.R.E. Society
Greg had been involved with C.A.R.E. for nearly 30 years and developed programs designed to bring Seniors out of isolation with in-residence social events incorporating music and exercise. 
www.caresociety.com
Recent stories

Greg the CARE Van driver

Shared by Scott Shaw on May 16, 2022
For over 25 years, Greg drives seniors in Strathcona low cost senior homes to day trips, sight seeing, shopping, outing, and many other activities to help SENIORS OUT OF ISOLATION.

Kids loves Greg too

Shared by Scott Shaw on May 16, 2022
Kids loves to play with Greg.

Greg participated in CARE visiting Senior homes

Shared by Scott Shaw on May 16, 2022
Greg and CARE Society volunteers visiting Senior homes in Strathcona area for 25 years