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Helen Marie (Power) LaPierre

September 14, 1928 - May 7, 2021 (92 years old)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Helen Marie (Power) LaPierre

September 14, 1928 - May 7, 2021 (92 years old)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Helen Marie (Power) LaPierre Obituary

Helen Marie LaPierre (Power) age 92, died peacefully May 7, 2021 in Halifax, Scotia after a short battle with congestive heart failure. Helen was a powerful force of nature, the matriarch of a large extended family, and was loved, feared, and respected by all who met her.

Helen was born in 1928 in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. Helen was extremely intelligent and performed well in school. Her memory was keen and was able to recite poems taught to her by the Nuns all her life. When she was sixteen, the shy and handsome Joe LaPierre started to visit Herring Cove with some friends from school. His calm matched her fire, they fell in love and they were married. Several years later they welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family, Judy. Then Keith, then Peter, then Nancy. Helen was industrious and always had a side hustle; whether organizing bingos, running the canteen by the look-off, or picking up work at a chocolate factory. She was also adventurous – her children remember anytime the fire brigade sirens would ring out, Helen would drop whatever she was doing, jump in the car, and speed down the road to see what was what. Helen admitted just recently, “I was afraid that maybe one of my sons had started the fire, and I wanted to get there first!”.

Helen was the quintessential grandmother, her mission in life was to feed everyone – she always had a pastry tucked away for company, popsicles in the freezer, and if you stopped by for lunch you’d likely find an entire cooked turkey and ham in her fridge. All her grandchildren fondly remember eating gingerbread boys and her infamous “Stuff” trifle for desserts after family dinners. Helen was hands-on and could often be seen managing a gaggle of children; taking them to the beach, to the wavepool, to see a movie. She always had surprises and never forgot birthdays. She loved her local grandchildren like her own and made her grandchildren from away feel like celebrities whenever they visited.

Helen lived a remarkable life. She was married for 67 years to man that she loved. She raised four incredible children. She travelled. She had beautiful friendships. She loved her community and Nova Scotia. She lived life fully – she was vivacious, quick witted, and had a mischievous sense of humor. Helen was independent and in control of her own destiny – she lived life her own way until the very end.

Helen is greatly missed by her children; Judy, Keith (Brenda), Peter (Pat), and Nancy; her grandchildren Adam (Ira), Heather (Corey), Judith, Kristian, Jan-Sebastian (Amanda), Alex (Caitlin), Michael (Emily), and Jennifer (Byron); and her great-grand children Sam, Sean, Max, Dani, Llewyn, Matthew, Charlotte, Leah and Gus. She is predeceased by her parents and her siblings, and her beloved husband Joe.

Due to current pandemic restrictions related to Covid-19 no memorial service will be held as this juncture. Additionally, Helen did not desire for anyone to “go to all that fuss”. In typical Helen fashion, she made sure that we promised to give her what she wanted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Nova Scotia Nature Trust (nsnt.ca), an organization that helps to preserve the coast line that Helen held so dear. The family would also like to sincerely thank all of the staff and caregivers at Melville Gardens who gave expert care in Helen’s final years.



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May 12, 2021

Christine Holland lit a candle

“In loving memory of Helen Marie (Power) LaPierre, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.”

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June 1, 2021

Susan Dempsey-Grant wrote a sympathy message

“Helen you were always "my second mother". I hope you are at peace with all your family and loved ones! Please give mom a big kiss for me and tell her I love her I Hope to see you on the other side !!!! Love Susan”

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May 12, 2021

Elzbieta Wesecka wrote a sympathy message

“Nancy, I’m sorry you’re going through this difficult time, and I’m praying for peace for you and your family. Ella”

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May 12, 2021

Peggy Christian Allen wrote a sympathy message

“What a lovely lady! I always enjoyed chatting with Helen, loved her big smile and positivity. She had a lot of spunk! Growing up in Herring Cove, on St Paul’s Avenue, we were fortunate to have so many lovely families, including the LaPierre’s. Helen’s husband, Joe, is remembered for his gorgeous dahlia’s and his humble and quiet nature. He and Helen will be remembered with a smile. My condolences to all members of the LaPierre family on the loss of their matriarch.”

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May 11, 2021

Barbara Hoar wrote a sympathy message

“Heartfelt sympathy to all Helen's children. She and Joe were such special friends and we enjoyed so many good times with them - either in the Cove - or in Florida ......playing cards, sharing recipes......admiring Joe's dahlias....feasting of great food......sharing mutual friends from the Cove and from tow...as well the American friends. Helen leaves us warm memories and a life well lived. Will have Mass said for her repose. Barbara Hoar”

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May 11, 2021

Annette (Christian) Keseluk wrote a sympathy message

“In loving memory of Helen Marie (Power) LaPierre, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.”

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May 11, 2021

Kim Mundle wrote a sympathy message

“Jan-Sebastian, your grandmother lived life well. No doubt she contributed to your adventurous spirit. My thoughts are with you and your family as you support each other through this sad time.”

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May 11, 2021

Mary Siteman wrote a sympathy message

“My deepest sympathy to Judy, Keith, Peter and Nancy and their families. No matter the age it is so sad when one loses such a special person in their lives. I will always treasure fond memories of Helen and how kind and giving she was to all us “Covers”. Keep your happy memories close to your heart. Mary Siteman (McAvoy)”

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May 11, 2021

Debbie Ainslie wrote a sympathy message

“Very sad to learn of Helen’s passing. Condolences to all of her family. She will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. Debbie Ainslie (Reyno)”

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May 11, 2021

Kathy Conrad wrote a sympathy message

“I am really sad to learn of Helen's passing. She would always give me calls when she needed some help with things. I have taken care of their home many times when they were snow birds. She was a lovely neighbour. The last time I saw Helen was in the No Frills parking lot and she cried when Terry and I went over to speak to her in her car. She was so happy to see us. She always made me feel special. Prayers and condolences to the family, I am sure there will be a big void! Kathy (Spearns)”

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