HELTON, Lloyd Murray

Lloyd Helton

Lloyd Murray Helton passed away on January 17, 2019 at the age of 77, in Camrose, Alberta. Lloyd is survived by his wife Ona (nee Amonson) and daughters, Tanya (Jim) Rexin of Kitimat, BC, Karen of Ontario and sons, David and Chris (Lynn) of Fort St. John, BC; granddaughters, Havana and Alyssa; six other grandchildren and one great grandchild. Lloyd was born on August 8, 1941 in Trochu, Alberta to Mervin and Edith Helton of Three Hills, AB. He was the eldest of siblings, Howard (Lynn), John (Marian) and Lillian (Milt). Lloyd grew up in Three Hills, AB and was active in baseball, hockey and delivering newspapers. He moved to Fort St. John in 1968 and was active in referring hockey. He met Ona’s brother Brian and her parents before ever meeting her. They were set up on a blind date in 1973 by Dick and Lish Brown. They were married later that year and daughter Tanya was born in 1974. In 1979, Lloyd and Ona welcomed a sibling group of three children to their family through adoption, meaning that they now had four children, age 4 and under. Lloyd worked for the Bridge Crew for the Ministry of Highways from 1974 to 1987. When the Bridge crew was privatized, he retrained to become a locksmith and set up a business, Fortress Lock & Key, which he and Ona operated in Fort St. John for 23 years, before retiring to Camrose, AB. Lloyd had a lifetime love of trains, with fond memories of his dad and family setting up a model railway in their basement in the 1950’s onward. Lloyd had collected model HO trains for years as well as a wide assortment of train related collectibles. He was in the process of setting up a model railway to finally display his collection. Unfortunately, he was not able to see this come to fruition. Lloyd was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 and was relatively healthy until Spring 2018. He became very ill in June 2018 and was hospitalized and then in extended care until passing due to leukemia and lymphoma. He will be remembered for his kindness, love for people and sense of humour. Acknowledgements from the family. With special thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Louise Jensen Centre for their care and support. Donations in Lloyd’s memory may be made to any of: Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Fort St. John Hospital Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Inurnment will take place in the Montney Cemetery, BC, in the summer of 2019.