Helen Fortin

In Memorial

June 10, 1920 – December 26, 2012.

A proud Norwegian,she was born on the farm near Holden , Alberta
to Edwin and Borghild Logan. She graduated from Holden High
School moved to Edmonton to train at Misericordia Hospital and
graduated in 1943. She immediately joined the army and served in
Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver until the Allied victory. She
returned to nursing in Edmonton and married Raoul Fortin in 1950
and begot two sons, Robert and Bryan. The family moved to
Vancouver in 1954 and she continued her nursing career at
St. Vincents Hospital and then joined the Vancouver Police Force in
1965 and continued nursing there until her retirement in 1980. She
loved to entertain, had many friends and enjoyed a good party. She
enjoyed playing cards and bingo and always had good luck. She
was naturally environmentally responsible and volunteered for
many a good cause. She loved to travel and saw many countries.
She particularly loved her trips to Nelson. She was on the executive
of the Army and Navy club for many years and always enjoyed the
conventions. She was predeceased by brothers Elmer and Abner,
husband Raoul and special friend Roy Tabbutt. Survived by sister
Gladys, sons Robert and Bryan, grandson Ben (Arlene),
granddaughter Samantha, great granddaughter Abigail and many
nieces and nephews. A private graveside ceremony will be held.
Thanks to the staff at Maple Ridge Seniors Village and special thanks
to Dr.Ivanov. “SKOL”

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  1. Christopher , Alison, Kirkpatrick & Matthew Richardson

    Sharing your sorrow and offering our deepest sympathy in Helen’s passing. She was a valued friend who we spent many enjoyable times with. When Alison started at the VPD jail in 1975 on Helen’s shift- Helen and her other nursing partner Ruth taught Alison all she needed to know about working in the jail as well as having a good time on their days off.

  2. There are no words for the sadness your family is feeling at this time. I was so very sad to hear of Helen’s passing. There were so many stories of your Mom and mine and their years as Police nurses together. I am sure that they are again together filling the universe with their laughter. She was a wonderful woman and a good friend to my parents. Know that she is at peace and your memories will keep you all strong.

    With deepest sympathy and love.
    Marilyn Halifax
    Port Coquitlam,BC

  3. Robert, Bryan and Family,
    Please accept my sympathy at the loss of your mother Helen.She was a wonderful,lifelong friend of my Aunt Annie.Your Mom and your grandmother Bertha were friends of the Black family for decades and will always be remembered with great fondness.
    Lana Black,husband George Abrams,and daughters’ Shayne and Marit Abrams
    Edmonton Alberta

  4. Martin Harrison

    Ohhh Helen, I love you so much. You were so good to my family. How would I and Diane have coped when Will was born without your help? I will never forget your efforts in helping out after Will was born. So many memories, us eating oysters and so much more. You passed away on my birthday. I will never forget you, and think of you every time i see my son William.

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