Helen Margaret Hughes

Passed 05/19/2024


Obituary For Helen Margaret Hughes

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, Mother and Grandmother, Helen Hughes, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Helen passed peacefully on May 19, with her loving and devoted husband Mike, her children and grandchildren by her side.

Helen always had a love of sports. She represented New Brunswick at the first ever Canada Winter Games in Quebec in 1967, and went on to win a medal in Synchronized swimming at the New Brunswick Games two years later, all while studying at UNB. Helen's first career was in education, and was a well loved Phys Ed teacher. Helen stopped teaching when she and Mike had children, but her love of sport didn't stop there. She played ringette for many years, and coached her daughter's team as well. If she wasn't in the rink, playing or coaching, she was in the stands cheering on her son's hockey team. She also loved to ski. Helen was also an avid curler at the Lakeshore Curling Club and was a chartered member.

Once her kids were in school Helen went back to work and started her career at the Dartmouth Regional Library, where she worked for 25 years. Over those 25 years she made life long friendships.

Helen had a great love of travel, and was the best vacation planner there ever was. If she wasn't vacationing with Mike, or her two best travelling buddies, Linda and Mary Ellen, she was planning the next trip. Over the years, they really did travel the world.

Helen lived a life that was so full of love. She was predeceased by her mother, Anne Connor (MacLennan) and is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Mike Hughes, her children, Kevin (Erin Cochrane), Sandy Tober (Jeremy Henderson), Grandchildren, Hayden and Lily Tober, brother John Connor (Linda Sherwood), sister Christine Milner, brother in law Peter Hughes (Julie), sister in law Susan Comstock, and many nieces and nephews.

We'd like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, and staff of the Dartmouth General Hospital. Thank you to the staff in the Emergency department, the staff of 3 East, and 5 East and West for you kindness and compassion. As well to Dr Ravi and the staff at the cancer clinic.

A gathering for Family and friends will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the care of Donald K. Walker funeral directors. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer society.

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  • 06/04/2024

    Deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences, Mike. Gary Henderson

  • 05/30/2024

    Mike, I'm so very sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Sending you and your family my sincere condolences. I met Helen's many years ago at the Curling club. We had laughs and great conversations. She always had a smile for everyone. Another star is shining tonight in her honour 💗💗

  • 05/29/2024

    We were very saddened to hear of Helen's passing. I always thought of Helen as a person who exuded calmness and kindness. Since Helen and I both worked for Halifax Public Library, we would often talk about our library experiences and what was currently happening in the library system when we met up at the curling club as we both shared the love of curling as well along with our spouses. Our sincere condolences to all who loved her. May sharing your memories of her with others bring you peace and comfort. We are better people for having known her. Dianne & Bob Green

  • 05/25/2024

    Mike - my deepest condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Fond memories of curling with you and Helen at Lakeshore. Crystal Warren

  • 05/24/2024

    My condolences to you and your family Mike Darrick Killen

  • 05/23/2024

    Dear Hughes Family, we were saddened to hear of Helen's passing. We will always remember her calm demeanor and thoughtful approach. We hope that your memories of her will be of comfort to you as you go through this difficult time. Courtney Family

  • 05/22/2024

    Whenever I think about Helen I always remember her wonderful smile and calm nature. The world is less now that she is gone. I wish that the memories she made with you will give you comfort.

  • 05/22/2024

    I am so very sad to hear this Mike. Helen sounds like a phenomenal woman, partner, friend, Mom and grandmother. Thinking of you all. May she rest in peace.

  • 05/22/2024

    So sorry for your loss Mike. Condolences to you and your family.

  • 05/21/2024

    I played ringette with Helen years ago,she sure was a wonderful team mate and a beautiful lady,I am so sorry for your loss of your dear wife,Mom and grandmother and my condolences to all the family. Bernice Weeks🙏🙏.

  • 05/21/2024

    Dear Mike and family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Bill McIntyre, Dartmouth

  • 05/21/2024

    Mike, Sandy, Kevin, and family - I wish I had made the time to write Helen the card I had intended to when I'd heard she was sick. I wanted to tell her that she had a lovely smile, freely given. I wanted to thank her for her kindness and vast abilities when we worked together at Alderney Gate library. I wanted to tell her that I always thought she and Linda and Mary-Ellen were great role models for someone like me who is a reluctant traveler. I wanted to thank her for raising such a sweet soul as Sandy. I like to think, though, that all those thoughts are reaching her now anyway. May every happy memory you made together be at the ready for you now. Janice Cruddas and family

  • 05/21/2024

    To Mike, Sandy and Kevin. Helen was an incredible person. She always had a smile and a kind word. And great ideas. She was adventurous and a wonderful planner. She will be missed.

  • 05/21/2024

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Keeping you Mike and your family in our thoughts. Chris Rozon-Reid and Carmen Reid.

  • 05/21/2024

    To Sandy, Jeremy and all the Hughes family, please accept my sincere condolences. Helen and I worked together for many years at Alderney Gate Library, and I relied on her sensible guidance and kindness in my early career. So sorry to hear of her passing Cynthia Gatto

  • 05/21/2024

    Sandy I am so very sorry for your loss. Helen was a lovely, friendly woman. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Janet

  • 05/21/2024

    Dear Kevin and family: our thoughts are with you. May her memory be a comfort. She was an amazing woman for so many reasons.

  • 05/21/2024

    Condolences to the family and friends of Helen. Sorry to hear this sad news. Helen lived a very beautiful and active life.

  • 05/20/2024

    Dear Mike, Sandy, Kevin & all the family, Sending sincere condolences & thoughts are with you all at this sad, difficult time. Helen will be so very missed - May your memories and love bring comfort to you. Hugs going out to you all. Donna Hughes & Rick Sutcliffe ♥️🌹❤️‍🩹

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