July 24, 1928 – March 5, 2014
It is with the greatest of sadness that we announce that Helena Hanssens passed away, peacefully, surrounded by her children, at St. Mary’s hospital in Montreal on the evening of March 5th, 2014. She is survived by daughters, Cornelia and Harriet; sons, Nigel and Gil; step-sons, Jean-Michel, Peter and Bernard; and step-daughter, Kathy; as well as grand-children and great grand-children. Helena lived in Departure Bay, Nanaimo for 16 years, including at Seascape Manor for a number of years following the passing of her husband, Pierre, in 2002. She moved to Montreal in mid-2012 to be nearer her children and grandchildren. With her exuberant zest for life, her outgoing personality, her warmth and kindness, Helena made many friends in Nanaimo. She enriched the lives of all who knew her. Helena will be greatly missed.