Helene Gorman

Helene Mabel Gorman

Tuesday, July 3rd, 1934 - Monday, December 16th, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Helene Mabel (Shaw) Gorman announces her passing at The Meadows, Yarmouth NS, on Monday December 16, 2019. Helene passed peacefully with her younger daughter Cora by her side. Helene was born on July 3, 1934 to Ivan B Shaw and Freida I (Smith) Shaw in Yarmouth NS, the oldest of four children. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Rev Karl E Gorman of Yarmouth NS, and her children Sherry (Ron), Stephen (Carolyn) Philip (Donald) and Cora, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister Loma (Walter) brother Ivan (Penny) and youngest brother Paul (Terrie). Helene is also survived by her two sisters-in-law, Pauline (Gorman) Foster and Paula (Gorman) Crouse. She was pre-deceased by her parents as well as one granddaughter, Baby Marianne, and one great grandson, Baby Justin.

Prior to her marriage Helene worked as a telephone operator in Yarmouth NS. Helene had a beautiful soprano voice but passed on the opportunity to study further and instead lived most of her married life as a Pastor and Missionary wife with the Wesleyan Church serving over the years in Yarmouth NS, Brazil Lake NS and for many years in Missionary work with the Wesleyan Church in South Africa. She assisted her husband’s Ministry with her musical talents of voice as well as playing the piano and organ. She also gave piano lessons at the Wesleyan Bible College in Brakpan, South Africa, for a period of time. Helene, along with her husband Karl, retired to her hometown of Yarmouth NS. Music always was, and continued to be, very important to her and she sang in the Yarmouth Chorale for several years.

Helene always loved roses and enjoyed watching hers grow and bloom in her backyard on Collins St in Yarmouth. She especially loved her grandchildren despite the geographical distance with three in South Africa and two in Ontario and always wished that she could have spent more time with them. Helene also loved the Christmas Season and great effort went into the decorating of her tree each year.

Helene spent the last years of her life, almost eight, as a resident of The Meadows on Pleasant St in Yarmouth NS. Her family would like to take this opportunity to express their thanks and gratitude for the support and care Helene received from all the Staff at The Meadows who interacted with her. Helene’s three elder children, Sherry, Stephen and Philip, would also like to acknowledge and express their thanks to Helene’s youngest daughter Cora, a resident of Yarmouth NS; for all that she has done for their mother in recent years. It is greatly appreciated. Helene’s family takes comfort in the knowledge that she is now with her Lord.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth NS. A celebration of Helene’s life will be held December 28th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Yarmouth Wesleyan Church with Rev. A.J. Plaizier officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Darlings Lake Cemetery. A reception will follow the celebration of life. In lieu of flowers donations in memory may be made to The Meadows, towards the purchase of a Nordic Wellness Chair, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be made to or you may sign the guestbook online at

A Facebook video stream of the service will be available for viewing by going to the Yarmouth Wesleyan Church Facebook Page.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Yarmouth Wesleyan Church
    70 Haley Road
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    Rev. A.J Plaizier
  • Interment

    Darlings Lake Cemetery
    Port Maitland
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  • Reception

    Yarmouth Wesleyan Church
    Haley Rd.
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Lynn LeBlanc

Posted at 09:35pm
Dear Karl,
I am just hearing if Helene’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. I remember her smile and it was so nice to see you in visiting her at The Meadows daily. I enjoyed viewing the pictures that were shared- so many wonderful memories! Again, my condolences to you and your family. Lynn

Lisa Brewer

Posted at 04:29pm
Dearest family,

You have been in my heart this past week. My gram (Marjorie) talked and loved your mom and dad very much!

Lisa Brewer

Bill Cox

Posted at 09:46am
So sorry for your loss.
Bill and Lesa Cox

Sheila Sabine

Posted at 08:40am
Karl, Cora and other family members: My thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate Helene's life. May God surround you with His comfort and peace at this time.
Sheila Sabine

CK and Grace Chitty

Posted at 11:41am
So sorry for your lost!! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the presence of the promised Comforter!! CK & Grace Chitty

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