Passed away peacefully on December 28, 2023.
Survived by his wife Patricia Stephenson of Newcastle, ON; his daughter Melanie Helpard (Dave Cudlip, 2020) of Montreal, QC; his sister Elsbeth Yada (Shane Yada, 2016) of Victoria, BC; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Predeceased by his parents, Alice Ethel Brown and Raymond Helpard, Halifax, NS; his sister Ann and brother-in-law The Honourable Fintan Aylward, St. John’s, NL; sister Colleen Abdullah, Mahone Bay, NS; and his former wife Angela Sidor.
Lynn was born in Halifax, NS, on May 9, 1939. He attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax. During university, Lynn was enrolled in the University Naval Training Division. And so began his love of the sea.
His career began in advertising at CFCF TV, Montreal. In the 60s, Lynn worked his way up through the ranks to be President of FMBJ Worldwide Advertising Agency. In the 80s, Lynn created and founded Helpard Publishing. He then moved to Orono, ON, to expand his publishing business. He was the founder and publisher of World of Wheels, Canadian Auto World, Plant & Garden and numerous other publications. Lynn was a real car buff. He has driven just about everything, as well as, owning several vintage cars, including his prize 1991 Rolls Royce Silver Spur.
Lynn lived every moment to the fullest. His retirement summers were spent at his home in Nova Scotia and on his sailboat, his winters were enjoyed in Florida. He had an incredible zest for life and enjoyed every conversation, every chance meeting, and every new friendship. Everyday was an opportunity for a new adventure to be appreciated and enjoyed with friends and family.
The family would like to thank Dr. W. Lottering and the staff at Bowmanville Creek Residence for their care and kindness.
Lynn’s funeral will be held in late May at a date to be determined. A Catholic funeral will be at St. Francis of Assisi in Newcastle followed by a celebration of his incredible life.
Arrangements entrusted to Armstrong Funeral Home; celebration of life information will be available in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lynn may be made to Lakeridge Health Oshawa Foundation-Surgical Oncology.
Online condolences can be made at armstrongfh.ca