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Thomas John Helms

April 27, 1946 ~ June 23, 2022 (age 76)

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Barb Zelinski & John Clark
July 19, 2022 3:39 PM
My husband and I flew many trips with Tom. Every Sept he would fly us up Long Lake, let us off on shore and then we would backpack the 5 miles to the Cold River lean-tos. He would regale us with great stories about the Adirondacks. At an appointed time he would pick us up and take us back to Long Lake, and of course dinner at the Adirondack Hotel. This was the highlight of summer for us. Our kids loved flying with Tom because he was so friendly and interesting. We will miss you Tom.
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David Shaw
July 18, 2022 12:49 PM
Condolences to the family. I hung around Tom a lot in high school. He was a great friend. He beat me at ping ping regularly until he broke his right arm. But my winning streak only lasted a week or two - until he learned how to beat me with his left hand. He loved basketball and frequently had a library book on math under his arm. He tried hard to teach me what he learned from those books, but his innate ability and love for math greatly exceeded mine.
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Donna Moran Wilson
July 14, 2022 1:22 PM
I am so deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I think it a tragedy that I didn't know about his life until he left this one. What a man of valor and of true worth to his community. I am certain that Long Lake will mourn his passing for a very long time. I know his many flights impacted anyone on the lake, as we all heard him coming and going! What a beautiful sound! I only met him once when, as a young girl, when I babysat for he and Julie one of his sons in the small stone cottage at Greatstone! Life is a treasure and everyone in it. God keep and comfort his family and may each of his sons be blessed by their dad's honorable life.
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David M Stankavich
July 13, 2022 7:08 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Tom Helms. I got to know Tom while attending what was at the time Clarkson College of Technology, graduating with a bachelor's degree in math in 1972. After earning a master's degree in Electrical Engineering, I eventually landed a job with a New York State Agency: The State University Construction Fund in Albany, NY. My travels to a couple of my assigned campuses included Potsdam State and Canton College of Technology, included road trips through Long Lake. Those, including trips to college reunions at Clarkson, afforded me the opportunities to stop in at the Helms Aero Service on Long Lake to pay a quick visit to say hi to Tom.

I will miss the friendly greetings that I received from Tom. May Tom rest in piece.
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Lynn Grant-Stevens
July 11, 2022 11:58 PM
My deepest condolences to Tom's family. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting Tom and several flights. He knew I was terrified of heights but trusted him. On one flight he told me he had just re-attached one of the wings that day. He knew I was scared but could always make me laugh. Loved his sense of humor. Thanks for the memories , Rest in Peace Tom.
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