DAVISON, Helen Elizabeth - Helen Elizabeth Davison passed peacefully from this world, in the early hours of October 10th, 2016 with her family by her side.
Helen is survived by her beloved daughter Sharon Davison (Rick Alexander) of Westbank, her loving granddaughters Kendra Fleetwood & Hilary Fleetwood and her precious great granddaughter Desiree Fleetwood of Peterborough.
She also leaves behind dear brother John Wilson (Joey Hyde-Wilson) of Calgary, fond nephew Bill Wilson of Edmonton, and cherished friend Jane Campbell (Don Sonley) of Peterborough.
She was predeceased by her father Jack (John) Wilson, her mother Martha McCormick Wilson, her brother Joe Wilson and her sister-in-law Margaret Wilson.
Born in Northern Ireland in 1932, Helen grew up in Belfast where she went to school and held her first job in a confectionaries shop. She later worked in a wallpaper and paint store, which could explain her love of decorating and making a comfortable home. Helen immigrated to Canada with husband Charles Davison in February of 1956 sailing on the Empress of France to St. John’s, New Brunswick. They took the train to Oshawa where they were welcomed by Charles’s Uncle George Stone, Aunt Edna Stone and family.
Soon after, they relocated to Peterborough, after taking a Sunday afternoon drive where she fell in love with the green of the countryside that reminded her of Ireland. First living on Sophia Street she began her life long love for “East City” where she lived for many years.
In 1961 she returned to Ireland with daughter Sharon when her father (John Wilson) died, which initiated the future immigration of her mother and brothers and their wives to Canada. Those family members then moved on to Alberta where they settled and began their own families.
In 1980 Helen took her citizenship oath and became a proud Canadian citizen. She had begun life in her new country with two suitcases, a small amount of money and the dream of good life. She was grateful for the opportunities she found and the life she was able to make. Canada was now officially home. Helen worked in her career in Canada as the downstairs manager of Woolworths, and as an office manager and bookkeeper at Harrison Hewitt Wholesale, Select Furniture and the Peterborough Co-op, all of Peterborough.
Known for her caring, loyalty and hard working manner, she will be fondly remembered by those who she met through her work, her love of shopping, and her various community groups and activities. The world is a richer place because of her time here and she will be missed in more ways than can be named.
As an animal lover Helen provided a good home for many pets over the years. In memory of Helen and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society (lakefieldanimalwelfare.org) would provide continued loving animal care and welfare be appreciated by the family.
Thanks go out to the health care professionals that supported Helen in recent years (especially Anna of Dr. Cameron’s office), the kind and hard working nurses and doctors who provided care for her in her final days at PRHC, and the staff of Benson-Shields Funeral Homes and Highland Park Funeral Centre who assisted after her passing. Your good work was noticed and is much appreciated.
To all who touched the life of Helen and allowed her to be part of yours, May you always be blessed. “May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being, May you walk gently through the world, and know its beauty all the days of your life".
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Peterborough Lions Club, 347 Burnham Street on October 27th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm beginning with an informal service at 7:00pm. There will be an opportunity to share a memory of Helen or leave condolences after the service. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.