Other Articles Clipping from Winnipeg Free Press, Sat, Aug 11, 2007.

Clipped from CA, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press, August 11, 2007

— ./VICTOR EINAR HELGASONOn Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 2:27 a.m., Victor Einar Helgason, set sail on his final journey. He was surrounded by his loving family and his wife of 52 years, Myrtle (nee Hirst). He is our Hero and leaves behind a loving legacy.Dad was an amazing, strong and wise man who faced the diagnosis of cancer with his usual acceptance and a vow to live until he died. Dad made the most of every day he lived and will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of his wife, his sweetheart, Myrtle; his only daughter Patsy McKetchen (Bill); sons, Gerald Victor (Lisa) and Kelly (Arlene); and his adoring grandchildren, Leslie (Brett), Lindsay (Michael), Elt;^alee, Erin Victoria and Morgan Victor, his namesakes. Dad’s Godson Grant Hirst held a special place in his life and was very dedicated to keeping in touch and being a part of his life. Victor is survived by his two brothers, Wally (Betty) and Wilfred (Dora); his in-laws, Mayme Hirst, Rosalie (Stan), Joanne, Joan, Hazel (Bob),Glen (Blythe), Beatrice (Allan), Marlene, Laurel.He was predeceased by his parents Isleifur and Thorurni; in-laws Gordon, Allan, Ronald and Arnold Hirst, Ralph and Lorely Bogle, Durwood Rollins, and Jerry Torgerson. He also leaves to mourn his passing many nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention, but all loved.Victor was bom on August 30, 1931 in Ames, MB at Brautarholt, his beloved homestead. His childhood was a happy one with a large extended family. Victor’s early life was spent on Lake Winnipeg as a fisherman and as a construction worker and truck driver. Victor met the love of his life Myrtle Hirst in Riverton and on Christmas Eve 1953, with her father’s blessing, he proposed before the entire family. They were married in 1955 in Riverton, MB and spent their early years in Arnes, where Patsy and Jerry were born. In 1961, the family moved to Selkirk where Victor worked with Drake/Pearson as a Marine Engineer. In 1964 Kelly was born and our family would be complete. Over the next few years Victor worked to obtain his 3rd Class Marine Engineer Ticket. He worked his way through the ranks and in 1980 advanced to the position of Manager, Marine Transport Ltd. He loved his career on the lake and in the pulp camps, and took great pride in doing his work diligently and providing leadership to his men. Our summers were shared with his career until his retirement in 1994.Later in Dad’s life, he was called to work casually with Wes Gilbart of Gilbart Funeral Home, a job which he enjoyed immensely. This involvement would take him out into the Interlake where he knew many people and we have heard many wonderful stories about his comfort and friendship offered to others in their time of need.Community involvement included Past Chair of the Selkirk Annual Sportsman’s Dinner, member of the Old E^akkers Club, life member of the Marine Museum of Manitoba and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #42, where he held executive positions and was a Past President of the Over 60 club.Dad’s time in hospital was made easier by the love and support of our family and friends who took the time to look in and check on us. Our most sincere thanks are given in gratitude to Drs. Antonenko, Badehnorst and Demsas. These individuals took the time to care for not only our Dad, they took the time to watch over our entire family. Dr. Antonenko held a place of honor in Dad’s heart and our family we will be forever grateful for her guidance and for being Dad’s special friend.We have among us here on earth, the Angels who walk quietly delivering blessings where they may. Among these Angels are the Nurses, Dad’s grandchildren and our devoted Mother, who never left his side and made the difference in Dad’s journey. At the end of the day, the sailor sees the beauty of the red sky and knows that “all is good. Dad’s life was well lived, well spent and now he is tired. “Goda Nott, Hon”.Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 6088 PTH, 9A (just south of the Manitoba Rolling Mills).In lieu of flowers, donations in Victor’s memory can be made to the Selkirk Palliative care unit in care of Selkirk General Hospital, Box 5000, Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 2M2.Dad’s good friends at Gilbart Funeral Home are in charge of his final arrangements.