Wilfred A. Helie A. Helie

AGE: 80 Wilmington

Wilfred A. Helie (Wil) passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015 surrounded by family. Born in Nashua, NH on August 30, 1934, he was the youngest son of Hermile Helie and Marie Anne V. Helie. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1952, and joined the U.S. Air Force. Retiring out of Dover Air Force base as Master Sargeant after 24 years of service, Wil then graduated cum laude with a degree in business before accepting a position in the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia, PA as a civilian contract negotiator.

Wil is preceded in death by his parents, oldest brother, Gerald Helie, and granddaughter Kristie Smith. Dedicated to his family, Wil is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda L. Helie (Beebe) and his 7 children: Lydia Ratcliffe (Jeff) of Glen Bernie, MD, Carol Smith (Gordon) of Milo, ME, Louise Frist (Wayne) of Middletown, DE, Edward Helie of Dover, DE, Raymond Helie of Wilmington, DE, Ashley McGlone (Michael) of Boston, MA, and Kelley Helie of Newark, DE; 8 grandchildren: Christopher McLearie, Jason and Nicholas Smith, Kayla Huey, Jeremy and Brandon Frist, Brieann Slaughter and Amanda Helie, and 5 great-grandchildren: Kailyn and Alyssa McLearie, Bentley and Kiera Huey, and Hunter Smith. Wil is also survived by his brother Richard L. Helie of Hudson, NH, sister, Gertrude Dube of Nashua, NH, several nieces and nephews, and his mother-in-law Helen T. Beebe of Wilmington DE

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 6 - 8pm at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road), Wilmington, DE 19803. Services will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 11am at Grace Episcopal Church 4906 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial will be in the adjoin cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Grace Episcopal Church or Delaware Humane Association 701 A Street Wilmington, DE 19801. To send condolences visit:

Funeral Home

McCrery & Harra Funeral Home

3924 Concord Pike

Wilmington, DE 19803

(302) 478-2204

Funeral Home Details


Published in The News Journal from June 1 to June 3, 2015