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Captain Stewart Lyle Helmer
June 03, 1958 - June 03, 2018
Stewart Helmer He was one of the good guys. Everyone who met Stew would agree with that statement.
Whether it was someone in the Marine industry where he worked for 39 years, someone he met on a chair lift at Whistler, someone he met cycling, someone he met wine tasting or drinking beer at Moody Ales, or the group of friends he had scattered across theUSA, they all knew he was someone special.
He started working at Harken Towing as a deck hand and went back to school to get his 500 Ton Captain Ticket and later became a dispatcher. He was well known and respected up and down the West Coast.
28 years ago he met the love of his life, Pat, and together they raised 5 children. He lived life to the fullest with her and their family and friends. He was an avid cyclist, skier, snowboarder, scuba diver, runner, photographer and cook... he made the best omelets ever. He travelled the world with Pat and made new friends everywhere he went.
He will be sadly missed by his wife and their children, Dan (Erica), Ryan (Ashley), Kevyn, Trina (Cam) and Dax (Allison) and their 6 and soon to be 7 grandchildren, his brothers, Bill, Ron and Bruce, sisters Teri and Carrie Rose,Terrie, his sister-in-law and sidekick, his Michigan friends and his numerous other family members, friends and workmates.
The Celebration of Life will be held from 2pm to 7pm, July 23rd at the Pitt Meadows Golf Course.
In Stews honour, a memorial fund has been set up to sponsor deckhands and skippers to upgrade their Marine ticket. For contributions, please go to www.gofundme.com/stewarthelmer to help future Marine workers reach their highest career aspirations as Stew did.


Bob Fiorillo, Vice President has arranged for members to try out a new venue for our monthly lunch meetings.   ANDREAS RESTAURANT is a very popular eating establishment, traditional, with a generous menu and caters to groups in a separate room from the main dining area. 
Please join us this month at 20227 - 56 Avenue, Langley, BC 604 533 0111 at 11:00 AM
It is located 2 Blocks East of 200th Street and 1 Block South of Fraser Highway
Please continue to contact Diane Brown, Historian regarding a B.C. mariner who has worked in the marine industry  and was not acknowledged on the AMC Crossing the Bar on the website.  dianebrown@telus.net
  The next get-together

will be held Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 @ 11:00am at the ANDREAS RESTAURANT

The address is 20227 - 56 Avenue, Langley, BC

MENU: www.andreasrestaurant.ca Tel: 604 533 0111

(2 long blocks East of 200th St. & 1 block South of Fraser Hwy.)

 Rick McKee, President <info@ancientmarinersofbc.com>

Bob Fiorillo, Vice President <portkellstrading@telus.net>

Diane Brown, Secretary <dianebrown@telus.net>

Albert Gibson, Director

Russ Cooper, Director <russelcooper@rocketmail.com>

Rien Van Der Velden, Director <rienvdv50@gmail.ca>

Peter Bugden, Director

Website: info@ancientmarinersofbc.com


Ancient Mariner Clubs that hold meetings every month include:

Vancouver Island (Chemainus) Club

Located in the Horseshoe Bay Inn Chemainus  

1st Tues. of every Month @ 11:30 Hrs. 

Contact: Jim Goodwin 1-250-758-6727


Mid Island AMC Group Last Monday of Each Month @ 11:00 AM

FRENCH CREEK: Boar's Head Pub, #1, 1025 LEE ROAD, PARKSVILLE, BC (250-248-3713)Contact:  Earl Emery @ 250~591~0661 or MARK1157@shaw.ca  Ian MacPherson @ 250~334~0857

Mariners of the Okanagan


Contact:  Stan Marshall @ 250-498-4400 or stanmarshall@persona.ca