Dr. Andries Helt passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on June 6, 2021, at the age of 91.
Forever in love, he will be sadly missed by his wife, Maria, of 65 years. He was a loving father of five children: Robert (Kathi), Frank (deceased 2014) (Linda), Michael (Lori), Bruno (Julie), and Maureen. His legacy includes 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved sister Gerda “Tan” and predeceased by his sisters Jopie (of Holland) and Annie (of Australia). He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
Born and raised in Holland, Andries and Maria immigrated to Canada where they started their medical career and family. Andries and Maria worked in partnership as family physicians for over 40 years. A compassionate and dedicated physician, Andries delivered babies, performed minor surgeries, made house calls, worked in hospital, and cared for his patients throughout his lifetime. Andries exemplified the role of a traditional family doctor.
A special thank you to dad’s live-in caregivers, Carolyn and Fe, for their countless hours of compassionate care.
Forever in our hearts, until we meet again.
A private funeral mass was held on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish in Hamilton. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service was live-streamed.