Helen Hyre, 93, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Sunday, May 6, 2001.
She was born to Edna (Kennett) and Ernest Angus in Emo, Ont., on March 5, 1908. Later, she lived on a homestead in Burriss, Ont. with her parents and her three siblings.
Helen was united in marriage to Rollie Hyre on Nov. 14, 1931.
Even as a child, she found a great joy in learning. She attended schools in Burriss, Emo, Winnipeg, and North Bay. Helen also learned to play the piano. This became useful to her in her teaching career, and she enjoyed playing in small bands for dances in the district.
Helen’s career began in Burriss and Fort Frances. During nine memorable years teaching in Dance, she was to experience the devastating Dance fire.
The community was moved to cabins at Pither’s Point Park, where the school pupils were taught in the “Pavillion.” Later, they returned to the community to a new school and new homes.
After Rollie and Helen purchased a farm in Burriss, Helen was asked to become principal of the three-room school in Burriss. She never lost her enthusiasm for teaching. People came from miles around to enjoy her Christmas concerts.
The final years of her teaching career were spent at J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances.
Nothing pleased Helen more than meeting former students who would inevitably say, “Mrs. Hyre, you were the best teacher I ever had.”
The retirement years were spent with her husband at their cabin on Lake Despair and in their mobile home in Florida. They enjoyed baseball, sightseeing, and pot-lucks in the park.
Helen followed with interest the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to join them on holidays and birthdays.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, husband, and great-granddaughter, Nina Coran; brother, Leonard Angus; and brother-in-law, Ernest Mose.
She is survived by her daughter, Lyla (Ray) Coran; grandchildren, Reno (Jill) Coran, Michael (Tracey) Coran, Terri (Richard) Perron, and Diana (Barry) McTavish; great-grandchildren, Cara Coran, Jackson and Jessica Coran, Joel, Cody, and Liza Perron, and Katelyn, Jake, and Keith McTavish.
She also is survived by her brother, Derward Angus and wife, Helma; sister, Anna Mose; and sister-in-law, Violet Angus.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Patrick Playfair officiated, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers were Reno Coran, Richard Perron, Barry McTavish, Michael Coran, Joel Perron, and Cody Perron.
In memoriam donations may be made to “Friends of the Library,” 363 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1C9.