Born on October 1, 1913 in Kenora, Ontario, died peacefully in Hensall on December 29, 2011. Helen was one of seven siblings and was predeceased by her father Hugh Bathgate McKinnon and mother Edna McKinnon, brothers Hugh, Billie and Ed, sisters Dorothy Higginson and Monica Jackson. Helen will be deeply missed by her sister Lorna Cooke Tetro, plus her many nieces and nephews from the McKinnon, Cooke, Jackson, Dalton families.

Helen’s family moved to Ottawa in 1945 when her father became the MP from Kenora / Rainy River in McKenzie King’s parliament. After 5 years in Ottawa Helen started a career as a civil servant in Toronto. She was a long time resident at the Empress in Peterborough before moving to Hensall this year. Helen lived a healthy, graceful life and was greatly admired by her family.

Cremation.   A private family ceremony will be held in the spring.

Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences, donations and further information may be found at

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