Cecil HELLABY

Hellaby, Cecil Wilfred (Cec). March 19, 1923 – Aug. 29, 2011. Passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock on August 29, 2011 in the presence of his loving family. Born 3/19/23 at Kerrobert, SK and raised in Red Willow, AB. At the age of 18 Cec joined the Air Force serving overseas for four years. While overseas Cec met and married his wife Dora and enjoyed 60 wonderful years until her passing in 2004. After the war, they settled in Calgary and Cec’s interest in cars moved him toward the auto industry. He started with General Motors and Chrysler and finally joined Toyota in its infancy, culminating in a position on the board of directors of Toyota Canada. He was eventually involved in the set up of the Toyota Aluminium Wheel Plant in Delta (Captin) as Vice President and General Manager. He loved his work and retired from Toyota after a very fulfilling 28 year career. Cec was a positive, energetic man with many passions including travel, his motor- home, photography, and later wood- working. He walked the beach and rode his bike to the very end and did not waste one minute of his 88 years. He considered himself to be the luckiest man in the world. He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Jean Papineau (Richard), two granddaughters, Kelly Planting (Casey) and Colleen James (Mark) and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Planting, Jessica James and Joshua James, all of Ontario, and his sister Doris Scharf of Calgary. He was also pre-deceased by one sister, Ruth Waychick. In recent years Cec was fortunate to have enjoyed the love and companionship of his dear friend Margaret Letcher who will also miss him very much. Many thanks to Dr. Gibbings, Dr. Pretty, the medical staff at the cancer clinic and especially the nurses at Peace Arch Hospital for their kindness and care. We will welcome friends at his home for a celebration of his life on Friday Sept. 2, 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (No funeral by request).


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