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In Loving Memory of

Helen June McInnis


Obituary of Helen June McInnis

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Helen June McInnis (nee Shook) on October 4, 2021, with family lovingly by her side at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. Helen will be greatly missed by her beloved husband of 57 years, Paul McInnis. Her three children, Tammy, Derek, Wayne and his wife Sandy, will forever cherish the memories of their mother. She will be remembered by her grandchildren Devon, Allan, and Tamara, as well as her great grandchildren Avery and Tye. Helen will be fondly thought of by her brother Clarence Shook (Helen), sister-in-law Arden McArthur, brother-in-law Craig McInnis (Sina) and many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly. Helen was predeceased by her parents Marie Clara (David) and George Shook, her sister Helen June and brother George. She will be dearly missed by longtime friends who she considered sisters in her life.

Helen was born and raised in Welland, Ontario. She married the love of her life Paul, on December 19, 1964, after falling in love one summer night. From that day forward they built their life and raised their children on the foundation of love, commitment, teamwork and togetherness. Helen was as equally dedicated to her career of many years in the Transportation Industry as supervisor for Niagara Parks Commission as she was to ensuring a comfortable home life for her family and being, “the best hockey, lacrosse and sports mom ever.” Helen was extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cared about the well-being of everyone within and outside of her family who sought her out as their, “go to person” for guidance and support. She was a woman of many talents who also enjoyed a variety of artistic creative hobbies over her years as much as she did cooking, baking, working directly alongside her husband, sporting events, Bingo and knitting when she finally settled down to relax. Helen celebrated each day with the fullness of her life and her beautiful giving heart will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

As per Helen’s wishes cremation has taken place with funeral arrangements entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). A celebration of Helen’s life will be arranged by her family, and will take place at a later date. Her family requests memorial donations be made to the Walker Family Cancer Centre to acknowledge their gratitude for the many dedicated doctors, nurses and health care professionals who made it possible for Helen to live a quality of life extended over a 20 year battle with cancer. Thank you to the loving family, cherished friends and caring neighbours for reaching out to Helen’s family to support them during this time of great sadness and loss. Online condolences may be shared on Helen’s tribute page found at

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Mary Jane McArthur
1 year ago

My condolences to the entire family. May your happy, warm memories of Helen live on and may she Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Mary Jane McArthur

Kelly Menard
1 year ago

Uncle Paul, Tammy, Wayne & Derek
Aunty Helen will truly be missed. I have so many memories of her and I will never forget her laugh. I will cherish all the times we spent together growing up. She is a magnetic woman that people gravitated to. me included. She is a strong woman that is deeply loved by all who were lucky enough to know her. I will miss her.
Rest in peace,
Love Kelly and family xo

Danny McInnis
1 year ago

Uncle Paul, Tammy, Wayne and Derek
My sincere condolences to all of you, it’s a big loss for the whole family. Aunt Helen was always full of genuine kindness and an energy that will truly be missed but will always live on in our memories.

Robertson Larry
1 year ago

Paul and Family
Hey Buddy I am so sorry to have just read about the passing of our dear friend, and your lovely wife Helen. We are going to miss our visits on your patio and Helen’s smiling face.
I will stop by for a visit very soon
Stay strong Buddy and cherish all your wonderful memories

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Brandon McInnis
1 year ago

My condolences.
I have fond memories of Aunt Helen when I was growing up, I miss those days where the family would get together and celebrated holidays, I wish I could revisit them.
She showed great fortitude in her life that will inspire me for the rest of my life.

Marilyn & Tom Torrens
1 year ago

May all of your beautiful memories of Helen give you comfort now. Paul, sending my heartfelt condolences, love and hugs to you, Tammy, Wayne and Derek from your cousin. Marilyn.

Debbie (Brown) Ellis
1 year ago

Sending deepest sympathy to your family. Helen was a neighbour when I was a little girl. I remember her always having a smile on her face. May you all find comfort in your beautiful memories.

Katherine McInnis
1 year ago

My deepest condolences go out to my beautiful family at this time. I will forever miss Aunt Helens laugh and ability to make the whole room light up with her simple humor.
You’re all in my thoughts and prayers and may she rest in peace
With much love,

Tom & Diana
1 year ago

Deepest condolences to the entire family ♥️. Wishing you all peace at this difficult time ♥️.

Robin McLean
1 year ago

I’m sending my heartfelt condolences to you all.. Such a beautiful spirit.. Love and hugs…xoxo

Craig & Sina McInnis
1 year ago

Paul, our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow! The death of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences in life. Losing Helen leaves us all with sadness and heartache. May we remember the happy times and hold tight to them. Helen was special in that she had this wonderful, welcoming, down-to-earth personality; always thinking about others and quick to help out. She was our “google” before there was a Google; she would remember facts and dates about everything and everyone. We will be forever encouraged by her positive nature; her strength; her fortitude! Helen, you were a trooper!! You will remain in our hearts forever.
Paul, Tammy, Wayne and Derek – “Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow. Gently, may your friends ease your pain. Softly, may peace replace heartaches. And may the warmest memories remain.”
Love Craig & Sina

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1 year ago

Sincere condolences to Tammylynn and family. May you find comfort in the love for each other. May your Mum’s soul rest peacefully 🙏

1 year ago

My condolences and love go out to my dear cousins, you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I will miss Helen’s welcoming smile and warm sincere hospitality when we spent time together. Until we meet again, RIP.

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