ABBASS, Helen Therese (MacDonald) - Passed away gently in her sleep at the Adelaide Senior Care Home, Waverley, on August 4, 2017 after a long decline. She was the wife of the late Ferris J. Abbass, mother to Joseph Alexander "Sandy" (Rosita), of Nouvelle Calédonie, Stephen (Catherine), Dartmouth, John Ferris "Jay" (Suzanne), Halifax, and David (Maria Perpetua "Mitzi"), Bonn, Germany; grandmother to Nicholas, Thomas and Lucas; sister-in-law to Ferris' many brothers and sisters; and aunt to many nieces and nephews on both the MacDonald and Abbass sides.
Helen "T" or "Traz" as she was known to many of her closest friends, was born in New Waterford on November 14, 1926 to Angus A. and Honora MacDonald. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Mary MacNeil (Jerome), of Halifax, Alexandra "Sandra", Toronto, Isabel Tull (Bami), Halifax, Sr. Margaret CND, Baddeck, brother John Hugh "Dude" (Beatrice), New Waterford, and daughter-in-law Rosita.
She is survived by her brother Malcolm and sister-in-law Mary of Victoria, B.C. ("Mac" and Mary MacDonald, who as a young couple introduced Mary's brother Ferris to Mac's sister Helen so long ago), her sons and grandsons, daughters-in-law, and an extended group of friends and near-family whose support and love Helen cherished.
Helen's early education was at Mount Carmel School, followed by Mount Saint Bernard, after which she trained at the Victoria General Hospital, became an RN in 1950, and continued to value her friendships with the VG Nurses Alumni to the end. Helen worked for a time on "6 North" at the VG and in later years at the Home of the Guardian Angel, and was instrumental in preserving and building the VG Hospital Nurses Alumni Archive. Helen was a longstanding member of St. Theresa's Parish, and of its wonderful choir.
Thank you to Dr. Gregus and the staff of the Adelaide who cared for Helen during her stay there.
Helen was a wonderful skater, as was her loving husband Ferris, with whom she has now taken to the ice with renewed energy.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church at 6351 North Street on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11 a.m., reception to follow immediately.