Pilicoski, Helen Marie, passed away Monday September 24 at Toronto Western Hospital. She was 96 years young. She was predeceased by her husband William in 1985. Helen leaves behind her sister Mary Hedges of Cambridge Ontario, brother Patrick (Nan) Rice of Morden Manitoba, as well as many nieces and nephews. Helen enjoyed a large and varied circle of friends. Her passion in life was centered around her love for animals, particularly cats. She was a huge supporter of many rescue facilities, including ORA and PAWS. Cremation has taken place, and interment of ashes will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, beside her husband Bill. We welcome Helen’s friends to join us for appetizers as we celebrate her amazing life. Saturday, October 27th, 1 – 3 pm. Vegandale Brewery Restaurant, 1346 Queen St. West, Toronto.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


October 09, 2018
Karen Morgan
To Helen's family, whom she loved dearly, and friends, who she loved almost as much, how sad to hear of her passing. My condolences to you all and I look forward to seeing you all at the celebration of her life. Helen was a force to be reckoned with. Fiercely independent, selfless, and passionately dedicated to all she applied herself to, from being a welder in the war effort, a loving wife, protester, stray cat feeder and rescuer, to her career at Manulife, and as an uncompromising advocate for all creatures, feather, fur or fin. Her love of all animals, especially our feline friends, was unsurpassed. I will miss our chats, lunches, visits, random meetings on Roncesvalles, and especially your humour, which was unique in itself. You lived life on your own terms. Helen, be at peace, you have had a life well lived and you have earned your rest. You will always be in my fondest memory and I thank you for your friendship. Much love, Karen and Sky
October 05, 2018
Kimberly Heys
ANOTHER IRREPLACEABLE PERSON has gone to be with her rescued animals at The Rainbow Bridge. Former Vice President of PAWS and a woman that I absolutely ADORED ... HELEN PILICOSKI We had sooo much fun when you made the trek from Toronto to Huntsville for my 44th birthday in 2014. We laughed and we cried and we hung out with The Gang here at PAWS. I wanted so much to introduce you to Karma (who arrived the following year in October) and of course to Justice (who we adopted in the Fall of 2016) but it became harder and harder to reach you ... You turned 96 in August and ... YOU CONTINUED to fight for the animals you loved so dearly - ALL ANIMALS AND EVERY SINGLE DAY. I am so grateful to have had the absolute pleasure of knowing you my DEAR, DEAR, FRIEND ... and to have stood shoulder to shoulder with you at protests, meetings, documentary screenings etc. Mom, Diane and now you, Helen ... MY IRREPLACEABLES. I can't hold back the tears ... I just want to hear your voice one more time ... to share a laugh and to see you smile. I look at photos that I forgot I had ... which I will always treasure. So glad your Niece, Linda called me today as ... I needed to know that you had passed. I will request the opportunity to speak at your celebration of life. Another eulogy that I will most certainly struggle to get through. I HAVE MISSED YOU and our talks ... and I will FOREVER AND EVER have a special place in my heart for you. Rest in peace kind, beautiful soul. I trust that Mom, Diane, Shadow and so many of our feline friends will have been there to greet you. I love you Helen and I thank you, so much for MAKING SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE in this fallen world.