Helen Amelia Crummey R.N.

August 1, 1939 to July 29, 2022



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Passed peacefully at home on Friday, July 29th, Helen Amelia Crummey. Born August 1st, 1939 in Western Bay. Pre-deceased by her parents, by brothers Hollis, Arthur and Clyde, and by her niece Joan.

After a short time as a telephone operator and school teacher, Helen moved to St. John’s where she trained as a nurse at the General Hospital, graduating in 1961. She spent most of her nursing career at the cottage hospital in Old Perlican, where she was the head nurse for many years until her retirement.

She was a foodie before the term was invented and loved to cook for her wide circle of friends and for her beloved family. She particularly enjoyed a Father Matthews style Irish coffee after a meal of Beef Wellington. And a feed of Chinese from Canton Restaurant. And deep fried pickles with Spicy Chipotle Mayo from Mary’s Diner. She lived for Christmas and was a sucker for animals of all descriptions. She loved a good time and was often forced to cross her legs to prevent an accident when she laughed. We will all miss that laughter.

Although she had no children of her own, she was devoted to her niece and nephews, and her many great-nephews and nieces. Leaving to mourn sisters-in-law Ruth and Mazie, niece Ramona (Tony), nephews Wayne (Janice), Paul, Michael (Holly), Stephen, and Peter (Kim), as well as friends too numerous to mention.

Funeral service at the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday August 2nd, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow.

Interment at the Western Bay South United Church Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. after reception.

Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre or to a charity of your choice.



11:00am, Tuesday August 2nd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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On behalf of the members of the General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, I wish to express to Helen’s family our deepest sympathy at her recent passing. Helen will be remembered at the Alumni dinner, this year, during the roll call and moment of silence honoring deceased graduates. Also., her name will be recorded in the Alumni Memorial Book. Sincerely, Jeanette Walsh on behalf of Robert Meadus, President, General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni

Mazie , so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.. my condolences to you and family. Betty Yetman

I am saddened to hear of Miss Crummey’s passing.I first met her as a young girl when a patient at the Old Perlican Cottage Hospital.Little did I know that I would be working under her care as a nurse myself when I moved back to my home town after graduation.She was a wonderful role model,good friend and always available whenever I needed advice. I always received a Christmas card from her but have not seen her for many years.Thinking of her family and friends at this sad time and will keep you in my prayers .Judy &Gary Meadus

Maisie, so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.. Thinking of you , you were not only sister in laws but breakfast buddies. I remember meeting you both in earlier years at restaurants having breakfast on a Sunday morning. Chat Condolences to all her family.

Condolences to Helen’s family. Met her many years ago when she was a teacher in Old Perlican and I was still in school. and so happy to see her again when she was a nurse there. Helen had a lovely personality and was much respected in Old Perlican. Sincerely Phyllis (Goobie) Beckett

Dearest Helen, When I was 18 you reminded me that I walked with you & Clyde on my first day of school, I was in Kindergarten you were in grade one. We walked that path many times & when I was in grade 6, I moved to Buchans. I graduated from the same school as your sister in law, Mazie. Eight years later we met again, you were my roommate in our first year of nurses training.. What fun we had, I think I laughed more at you laughing than I did at your jokes. Never will I forget your spontaneous , warm, heartfelt laugh. You had such an easy way with you that made others feel comfortable. You were born to be a nurse.
I hope you have a stack of books in heaven or a heck of a big library.
I shall miss you my friend.
My condolences to Helen’s family, loved ones & friends. She was a sweetheart.

So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Sending our condolences to the family.

We were sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a good friend to both Audrey and to her Mother. Our condolences to her family.

Sincere condolences to all the family at this sad and difficult time..I have lots of wonderful memories of Crummey(that’s what we always called her) of working with her at Old Perlican Cottage Hospital..
God Bless!
Bruce & Joan Driscoll

Saddened to hear of Helen’s passing. Our thoughts are with all of her loved ones.

Marilyn & Bob Wheadon

Condolance to Helens family members. I knew Helen when she lived in Western Bay.. Many times she helped me with an Essey I had to write.

Helen was an important part of my life growing up in Western Bay, the closest thing I had to a sister. Through the years she helped all that she could and that was deeply appreciated by my whole family. I’m at a loss for words to describe what she has meant to us.

We are very sad to hear of Helen’s passing! We have many fond memories of Helen, and always felt the warmth from her as her eyes lit up whenever we came to visit!
Please know that we are thinking of you all !

Les & Phyllis Hancock

Thank you Maisie and family for all your love and support for Helen’s final days.. God bless all of you..We go back many years and Helen being my first head nurse out of training left a lasting impression.. Almost 50 years later I cherish every memory.. we had many a pina colada in her trailer in Old Perlican and she was such a great cook.. From our usual weekly phone conversations right up until 2 weeks ago, her favourite expression was “ there is always something to mar your friggin peace “ bless her heart.. will miss this dear, kind soul.. Barb and Chuck Dyke , Truro NS

Sending my condolences…so sorry for your loss.

My sincere sympathy to “Crummey’s “ much loved family and many friends. She was a special part of the Strong family and a wonderful friend to our Mom. Cherish your precious memories always.

My sincere condolences to Helen’s family. Helen was a good friend of my mom.

Saddened to hear of Ms Crummeys passing. Sincere sympathy to her family. She was an amazing head nurse and friend to all her staff. So respected by all of us as well. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

I was very sad to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a good, kind and caring friend. I will always remember the good times we had together when she visited Art and Mazie in Wabush. Soar with the angels, Helen !!

So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing I was a classmate of Helen’s 1961. MY condolences to Helen’s family.