Published in The Palm Beach Post from
October 5 to October 12, 2010
James Helbig "Jim" died in his sleep of natural causes at his home in
Boynton Beach on October 2, 2010 with Lilla his devoted wife of 54 years at his
Born in Flushing, NY on August 16, 1927 to Gustave and Mary Helbig,
he was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charlie Helbig, and sister,
Upon graduation from Bayside High School, New York in 1945,
he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at the US Naval Training Center in Bainbridge,
MD. He later attended Sampson College in Syracuse, NY on the GI Bill, earning
his BA from Syracuse University in 1950.
Always athletic, running track
and playing baseball, he pursued the latter professionally, playing minor league
baseball in Moultrie, GA and Abbeville, LA from 1951-1952. He joined the Fire
Department of New York City in 1954 and served until 1968, rising to the rank
of lieutenant. Forced to take disability retirement after a back injury, he moved
his family to Pompano Beach, FL to take care of his mother.
He was a social
worker in Broward County for ten years. Later, his lifelong love of books led
to a job at the Deerfield Beach Library for the end of his working life.
active all his life, Jim's favorite pastimes were books, gardening, and sports,
supporting all the Florida teams. But golf was his major passion, teaching it
to his children and playing regularly until the age of 81. He even convinced wife
Lilla to take up the game at age 65 when they soon became a fixture on the Links
at Boynton Beach. He also spent many happy hours gardening, tending to his tomato
plants, marigolds, and assorted plants.
Finally and most importantly,
he loved spending time with kids. His own children grew up learning how to play
cards, swing a golf club, hit a baseball, catch a fish, ice skate, etc.
child who visited eventually ended up holding a fishing pole and heading for the
backyard canal with a bag of bread for bait. He never ran out of ideas for entertaining
These enduring memories he created for so many friends and family
will serve as his most significant legacy.
He is survived by his sister,
Dorothy Cuozzo of Pompano Beach, FL; his children, Paul Helbig and wife, Becky
of Ocala, FL, Linda Lovatt and husband, Bill of Shelton, CT, and Doris Helbig
of Boynton Beach, FL; grandchildren, Timothy, Kevin and wife Jessica, and MIchael
Kruetzkamp of Olathe, KS and Christina, Patrick, Matthew Helbig of Ocala, FL and
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday,
October 9, 2010 at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, 5601 Greenwood Ave, West Palm
Beach, FL 33407. Visitation for friends and family 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM with a service
to follow from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.
Donations in the name of Anthony James
Helbig can be made to the charity of your choice or to Hospice by the Sea, 1531
W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33486-3395 call (561) 416-5009 or (800) 633-2577
or by email at email@example.com.
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