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On Friday April 22, 2022, with his wife of 30 years and his daughter by his side, Gunnar Jon Helgason passed away at home, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Beloved husband of Lynda. Loving father of Gunnar Bryon (Charito) and Jennifer (Jackson). Proud grandfather of Sigurdur and Leif. Dear brother of Albert and uncle to Colleen. Gunnar loved his family, all things Canadian and his Icelandic heritage. It is impossible to encapsulate the spirit of this larger-than-life human being. He was a brilliant accountant, successful businessman, Icelandic horse breeder and gentleman farmer. A man of immense integrity, compassion and intelligence. A connoisseur of all life had to offer. He particularly enjoyed travelling, collecting, fine wines, good food, and golf. A life well lived. We want to thank the amazing people who helped us- our long time case manager, Shelley, homecare nurses Melany and Cailyn, our PSW angels, Alana, Caitlyn and Marie and last, but not least, the incredible people at Ed’s House who provided us with support and an ability to immediately access one of 10 amazing physicians. We will be eternally grateful to one of those physicians, Dr. Mark Essak, who took Gunnar’s care on so compassionately and helped us cope with the unknown. At Gunnar’s request there will be no funeral. Donations to Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice would be appreciated.
Sending our condolences to Lynda, Jennifer and the Helgason families. I knew Gunnar as a good neighbour and a gentleman farmer. He excelled at both. How well known was Gunnar? I won’t soon forget the time on remote British Colombia’s Haida Gwaii when I met and became friends with a fellow of proud Icelandic stock from Manitoba. Of course I had to name drop Gunnar Helgason in the conversation to which he causally responded by saying that he knew Gunnar. I was a bit sceptical at first but after answering several skill testing questions it was apparent that he did in fact know Gunnar and his brother Albert. Lol. Gimili farm was one of my favourite places to bale hay because of the natural beauty, the views, the meticulous grounds that Gunnar and Lynda maintained, but most of all the people. RIP Gunnar
Lynda and Family- Our sincerest condolences on Gunnar’s passing. We have thought of him often over the years and while we have been out of touch, our memories are very fond. Larry passed in November of ‘21 but reminisced kindly of Gunnar many times. He was a lovely soul with tones of charm. We hope you find a new path and cherish all your times together at this difficult juncture. Arlene (Paron) and Vincent Iantomasi
Lynda & family and Albert & family I was saddened to hear of Gunnar’s passing. I have many happy memories of family gatherings. Thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time. Margaret Thorarinson (Tomasson) Winnipeg
Dear Lynda and families Am so sorry to hear of Gunnars death My prayers are with you all Would like to hear from you sometime xxMae Leguard
Lynda, my heart goes out to you. As you know, Bill and I both enjoyed all the times we spent with Gunnar and you. Gunnar was a great conversationalist and one of Bill's favourite person to talk to and listen to all of the wonderful stories we heard from Gunnar. I am sure both of them are now up there discussing everything from golf to what is happening in the world today. RIP Gunnar you will be missed!
I am so sorry to hear of this. Gunnar was incredibly kind to me and he would tell me stories about my father which was so fun to hear. I will picture them together joking around with one another.
So sorry to read about the passing of Gunner, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. respectfully Josephine
Lynda I am so sorry for you and your families loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time. (Judi from the Co-op)
Lynda I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. So many great memories on Gimli farm. Sending lots of love your way.
The world is a little darker now. I will miss him greatly
I have lots of fond memories of Gunnar, so many from the horse farm. I always enjoyed a glass of wine in his company aswell. You certainly were an inspiration to Alicia and we’re so grateful for that . You will be greatly missed ❤️❤️❤️
Gunnar was one of the kindest hearted men that I am so thankful to have got to know. Working with Gunnar and his beautiful wife Lynda was nothing less than a wonderful experience. Gunnar was so kind. I could always get a smile out of him, and he sure did have a great smile. I am forever grateful to have met you. We will miss you. See you again, my friend.
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre
Lynda, Des and I are so sorry for your incredible loss. You are in our hearts and it is good that Gunnar is no longer suffering. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Lynda, I was aware Gunnar was sick and am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was definitely a very special and unique man. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Terry
Rene & I are very sad to hear of Gunnar’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynda, so sorry to read of Gunnar's passing. We are thinking of you and the family, Jan and Tony.
Many fond memories at Dalewood. Our condolences to the family.
Lynda I’m so sorry to hear of Gunner’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Lynda, we were very sorry to hear of Gunnar’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you, Aunt Jean and family. We remember the always interesting conversations we had with Gunnar at the family reunions especially about Iceland and learning about his horses. Thinking of you.
Lynda my sincere condolences to you and your family. I am so very sorry he was such a wonderful man. Jerry loved to work the land and have great conversations with him. I am sending you all my best wishes. God bless.
We are Sorry Lynda, Jennifer & Gunnar Bryon to hear of the passing of Gunnar. We know how much he will be miss by all of his family. We are thankful that we had the privilege of his friendship .
To Lynda, Jennifer and all of Gunnar's family my deepest sympathy to you at this time of great loss. Gunnar was indeed a wonderful human being and such a pleasure to be around. Happy to have had the opportunity. Thinking of you Lynda.