Lloyd Murray Helton passed away on January 17th. He was 77 years old.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Ona (nee Amonson) and daughters, Tanya (Jim) Rexin of Kitimat, BC, Karen of Ontario, and sons, David and Chris (Lynn) of Fort St. John, BC; as well as granddaughters, Havana and Alyssa, as well as six other grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Lloyd was born on August 8, 1941 in Trochu, Alberta to Mervin and Edith Helton of Three Hills, AB. He was the eldest of siblings, Howard (Lynn), Lillian (Milt) and John (Marian). He grew up in Three Hills, AB and was active in baseball, hockey and delivering newspapers. He moved to Fort St. John in 1968 and was active in refereeing hockey. He met Ona’s brother Brian and her parents before ever meeting her, when they were set up on a blind date in 1973 by Dick and Lish Brown. They were married later that year and daughter Tanya was born in 1974. In 1979, Lloyd and Ona welcomed a sibling group of three children to their family through adoption, meaning they that they now had four children, age 4 and under.
Lloyd worked for the Bridge Crew for the Ministry of Highways from 1974 to 1987. When the Bridge crew was privatized, he retrained to become a locksmith and set up a business, Fortress Lock & Key, which he and Ona operated in Fort St. John for 23 years, before retiring to Camrose.
Lloyd had a lifetime love of trains, with fond memories with his dad and family setting up a model railway in their basement in the 1950s onward. Lloyd has collected model HO trains for years as well as a wide assortment of train related collectibles. He was in the process of setting up a model railway to finally display his collection. Unfortunately, he was not able to see this come to fruition. He will be remembered for his kindness, love for people, and sense of humour.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fort St. John Hospital Foundation or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Fort St. John Hospital Foundation
8407 112 Avenue, Fort St. John BC V1J 2A4