Helen was the baby of seven siblings and was born and raised in the Philippines. Loving daughter to Alfredo and Leonila Sanchez, she came to Canada in 1990 to start a new life and join her sister Merle and her family. Helen leaves behind her other sister Marietta and her brother Zosimo, along with many nieces and nephews. She worked hard to maintain three jobs while also supporting her relatives here and in the Philippines. Her friendly and warm personality drew everyone close to her whether it was at work or at social gatherings. She opened her heart and her home to many international students, where they would eventually be treated and loved like family.  Her strong work ethic and determination was admirable to all. She will be dearly missed as she has made an impact in all of our lives. Thank you to everyone who has been such a light in her life and brought her as much joy and happiness as she did to us.

She will always live in our hearts with memories that will be cherished forever.

Due to the current Covid - 19 restrictions in Toronto that allow a maximum number of guests to attend a funeral, the service details will be kept private and attendance will be by invite-only.

The family thanks you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


June 19, 2021
Dogan Sahutoglu(Gan)
Dear Merle, my condolences to you and your family, We are shocked to find out that Helen passed away. As you know, She supported me like her son for 6 years, and had big impact on my life and career. I’m so sad about this news! Please know that she will be in our thoughts and prayers, I’m so sorry for your loss again. Just heard about Helen and let my other friends from Brazil who used to live with her. God bless her and you guys all. Regards Dogan[ Gan, Helen’s favourite international student)
April 22, 2021
Joules Masalunga (Puto)
My condolences to the family and friends of my kababata sa Salinas and may God's comfort be upon you. Rest In Peace Helen. Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants".
April 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to all of Helen's family. She was such a lovely, caring and kind beautiful person.
April 22, 2021
Candice Makhan
I was Helen’s trainer when she first joined RBC. I always remember her cheerful voice when we had our daily calls. She made everyone smile when she came on the line. My sincere condolences to her family.
April 22, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept mt heartfelt condolences. I worked with Helen at Rbc .She was a good friend and customers loved her . RIP Helen Sanchez.
April 22, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Helen. She was a kind person, with a beautiful heart. I truly feel your pain of losing someone who was loved by so many people. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
April 22, 2021
Chris Rush
To Helen's family I offer my deepest condolences. I had the opportunity to work at SDM with Helen. I always admired her work ethic , her positive energy, and her dedication to her family. You were loved by all and will be missed by many.
April 22, 2021
Joanna Marie Sanchez Maaliw
Our childhood memories wouldn’t be that great and memorable without you as our mentor (during school days 🤗) Those beautiful memories with you are silently kept in our hearts. Know that we are forever grateful for having you as our auntie. We love you, Tita Helen. Rest in Paradise.
April 22, 2021
Martinez Family
We will always remember the things you taught us .your generosity and love will be in our hearts. You might be gone here but your memory remains in our hearts forever. Rest well,tita.
April 22, 2021
sheila amos
My deepest and sincerest condolences to Helen's family. I worked with Helen at RBC for many years. She was a great person always willing to help and going above and beyond. We stayed in contact over the years. You will be missed, Helen. RIP
April 21, 2021
Lisa Lytwyn-Nobili
To Helen’s Family. I know some of you well and some of you not at all. I met Helen at Shoppers Drug Mart and we worked together for a long time. I definitely grew to love her as a co-worker, a friend, an amazing human being. My heart is broken because I will never hug her again. God bless you all. Your loss is so unfathomable and much too soon. Heaven has welcomed a special angel. Be strong and revel in your wondrous memories. I know I will. My deepest sympathy. Lisa Lytwyn-Nobili
April 21, 2021
Digna del Rosario
Lubos kaming nakikiramay sa pamilya ng SANCHEZ at Merly Nieva family sa pagpanaw ni🌹Helen Sanchez RIP ⛪🙏Praying for the bereaved family..and may the soul of Helen rest in peace. 🙏
April 21, 2021
Jinky Maaliw
Your presence, love and kindness will forever be with us, We love you tita. Rest now in the arms of our Lord.
April 21, 2021
Tita Sarah and family
Our thoughts and Prayers are with the whole family, with deepest condolences. Her memory will always remain in our hearts. Eternal rest grant to Tita Helen oh Lord! May She Rest in Peace!
April 21, 2021
Lourdes Manalastas (Malou)
To Sanchez & Nieva Family, Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family. God Bless.