Obituary

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Helen at the age of 52, after a brave battle with cancer. She died at home, with family at her side and her son, a gifted musician, comforting and serenading her with his soothing music.  Beloved wife and best friend of Nick for over 31 years and loving mother of Steven.  Predeceased by her mother, Violetta Kalmykow in December 2020, Helen will be lovingly remembered by her father, Mikolaj Kalmykow, brother Paul (Janet) as well as sisters Julie (Marek), Sandra (Craig) and the family’s faithful dog Mika. Helen will also be missed by her nieces and nephews Katrina (Andrew), Benjamin, Eric (Melinda), Thomas (Courtney), Andrew, Matthew, Michael (Tanya), Stephanie (Jason), Samantha, Alex (Dan) as well as grand nephews and nieces Jacob, Memphis, Monroe and Logan, and many in-laws, aunts, cousins and friends.

As the baby of the family, Helen was doted upon by her siblings and parents when she was growing up in the family home in Rexdale.  She enjoyed trips to the beach and hanging out with her friends.  As a twelve-year old, she embarked on big trip to Italy and England with her parents and her sister Sandra. She saw the sights and met family and friends from the countries in which her parents had met and lived.  She attended Fr. Henry Carr High School, and when she graduated, decided to immediately join the work force to make her way into the world.

Helen enjoyed a successful career as an insurance broker before founding her own business, Princess Fabulosa. Helen was an associate member of the Weston Golf and Country Club, where she enjoyed many social events and where she and Nick hosted many joyous family occasions.  As well as raising a family, Helen appreciated visits to cottages and regular trips south during the winter.  She enjoyed life and always put her family first.

Helen always made it a priority to be involved in many cancer charitable fund raisers for research, awareness and treatment.

The family wishes to thank the oncology team at Credit Valley Hospital for their care and support, as well as individual thanks to nurse Agnes and PSW Ruth.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CIBC Run for the Cure, the Toronto Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions and under direction from our regulator, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, effective November 23, 2020 all funerals and visitations will be by invitation only to limit the number of people in attendance and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

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March 16, 2021
Jerry Yaremovich
Nick and Steven; Shocked to hear of Helen's passing. She was always smiling and friendly and full of joie-de-vivre and that will be the way that I will remember her. My condolences to you and the whole family. Vichnaya Pamyat
March 15, 2021
Joanne Burns-Settle
I am so saddened by the news of Helen’s passing, it’s so hard to believe. I have great memories of Helen’s generous and hearty laugh at Henry Carr, at family functions at Sandra’s, and more recently enjoyed dining/dancing with her at festive golf club events. Helen was such an easy going person to be with, and I enjoyed watching her grow her Princess Fabulosa business until she was ready for her next venture. I wish her nothing but peace now, and extend my prayers to Steven, Nick, and to the entire family during these difficult days.
March 14, 2021
Katherine Smith
Dear Nick and Steven, Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your loss. This picture of Helen is exactly her. She was always smiling and a bright beacon. Our hearts go out to you and family. Much love and prayers Jeff & Katherine Smith
March 13, 2021
Patricia Calvin
Nick and Steven and Mikolaj and families. My deepest condolence to everyone. I worked with Helen at FCA many years ago. She was a beautiful person. Helen was a bright,loving, patient and very kind person. I used to tell her she was an Earth Angel because she was so kind. We went to lunch quite often with another friend Joe Stratford. Those two talked about music and I pretended I knew and they would both laugh at me. I wish I had kept in touch because she was a very special person. Take care everyone.
March 13, 2021
David Hern
My very sincere and deepest condolences for your loss. My heart goes out to the entire family during this time of sorrow. Helen's wonderful personality made it a pleasure to be around her, and she will be sadly missed by many.
March 13, 2021
Michele Durrant
Helen was a bright light, evident in her smile, her laugh and positive outlook. Thinking of you all at this time. Love, Michele
March 13, 2021
King Family
Nick and Steven, please accept our most sincere condolences for your loss. Throughout the years, your family has always made a point to share in our life events, and to offer support, which has always been appreciated. We will remember in particular Helen's kind and considerate nature. You are in our thoughts.
March 13, 2021
Zelma family
Our deepest condolences to Nick, Steven and all of Helen's family and friends. She was such a beauttiful, kind soul and always smiling. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.
March 13, 2021
Jamie Panday
In this journey of life we meet some very wonderful soul and Helen was definitely one of them. May God comfort her families and may this wonderful soul find a resting place in heaven.
March 12, 2021
Lizanne Bartkowiak
Nick, my sincere condolences to you, your son and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.
March 12, 2021
Debbie Prentice
Julie, Paul and Sandra: I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister. I remember when your Mom was expecting Helen, how excited Julie was. I remember Helen as a little girl, such a vibrant, energetic and happy child. Words seem so inadequate right now but know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. Please offer my condolences to your Dad, and to Nick and Steven. I truly hope you can find some comfort in each other, and in time through your cherished memories.
March 12, 2021
Vashti & Mary
We send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to your entire family and pray that you will be able to find peace.
March 12, 2021
Alice and Ron Romanick
Nick & Steven: We were shocked and dismayed to read about Helen's passing. Although we hadn't seen her for a while, she often came up in our conversations when we reminisced. She was always able to make you smile and be happy in her company. Our thoughts are with you both.
March 12, 2021
Vijantee & Rainier
Please accept our deepest condolences and we wish you all the best during these trying times. We are so sorry to hear this has happened and we will miss Helen so very much. She was more of our friend than our co-worker and we will miss her dearly. We are so sad to see such a happy soul leave us.
March 12, 2021
Emily Pinto
Nick & Steven, My deepest condolences to you both, family and friends. May you find strength during this difficult time. Words can not express how saddened I am to hear of this. ❤️
March 11, 2021
Grace Vieira-Peacock
Julie, my heart is so heavy upon hearing the news of the passing of your sister. May you, the rest of your family and your sister's husband and son find the strength, healing and support you need from each other during this time. Please know that you have friends who are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers.
March 11, 2021
Barbara Ramik
Ciocia Vera and cousins Robert and Basia send our deepest condolences to the whole Kalmykow family, but especially to Nick and Steven. Our hearts are breaking for and with you and little Helen will always be in our hearts and memories. xox
March 11, 2021
Carol Latimer
Dear Nick and Steven, We are so very sorry for your loss. Helen always greeted us warmly whenever we saw her at WGCC. And we always knew what a proud and loving wife and mother she was. You are in our prayers. Carol Latimer and Rick Stevens
March 11, 2021
Kim Marshall
Nick, so sorry to hear about Helen's passing. Sending you and your son prayers.
March 11, 2021
Moni Klemensowicz Maggiacomo
Dear Nick, Steven and Kalmykow siblings:Please accept our heartfelt condolences in this most difficult time of utter loss. Helen was simply beautiful any which way. Sparkling and delightful and caring. I truly adored her spirit and her laughter was especially infectious!The memories since she was a baby ( “ Pooczki” ) are flooding back with such deep affection for all the meaningful summer vacations and fun year round get togethers with our families. As you know, my father, ‘Uncle Zenek’ was her godfather. They shared birthdays within days of each other so our families celebrated them together for many years. I know she took delight in this, as did we all.Sending love to you all.Rest in Gods eternal peace dearest Helen.
March 11, 2021
Sheila and Steve Walker
Nick, Steven and family, our deepest condolences and prayers to you. May the love of family and friends give you comfort in this difficult time.
March 11, 2021
Tina Battiston & Greg Marcenko
There are no words that can communicate the devastating loss we feel. She was beautiful soul and shining light we were privileged to know. We are immensely grateful for the love and friendship we were able to share with her over the many years. We will always cherish the memories we were able to create with her in our hearts forever. Deepest condolences to Nick, Steven and family & friends.
March 10, 2021
Elizabeth Woolnough
Our deepest condolences Nick & Stephen, you’ll always have an angel looking after you. Helen was one of the most vibrant people I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful I got to know her. I always enjoyed being with her.
March 10, 2021
Anna and Tony Fiume
We send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to your entire family and pray that you will be able to find peace. Take good care of each other.