McCall Gardens

Grandmother, Mother, Aunt and Sister, Helma as she was known died peacefully with her children by her side.  She is survived by her son, Pieter Campbell; daughters, Fi Campbell, Pietsie Campbell; and deceased son, Ian Campbell; as well as her step daughter, Monica Campbell Hoppe.  Helma has 5 grandchildren, Alexandra Lalonde, Adrian Black, Tai Campbell, Liv Johnson and Charlie Hootstein.  She dearly missed her late husband, Commander A. Craig Campbell.

Helma emigrated to Canada in 1950 from the Netherlands. She has 2 surviving siblings, Lydia Aalders and Marius Aalders.

Helma had a tenacious spirit and an incredible zest for life.  She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.

We will celebrate her in lieu of a funeral at her home on Beach Drive in Oak Bay on Monday, December 4th from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
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  • Pru Humphreys
    December 12, 2017

    I’m sorry the text misspelled your Moms name. Helma, lovely Helma. Pru Humphreys

  • Mieke Poll
    December 10, 2017

    I was saddened by the news of Helma’s passing and would like to offer my sincere condolences to her family. She and I shared a classroom in elementary school, in Hilversum, and by pure chance reconnected here in Victoria. We really enjoyed talking together about old times and new. I will miss her. Mieke Poll

  • Nestor A. Campos-Ojeda
    December 6, 2017

    Dear Fi, Pietsie and family,

    Recive our most sincere condolences from the Campos-Ojeda family.

    Nestor A. Campos-Ojeda

  • Anton Lovink
    December 4, 2017

    Helma touched my life deeply. We enjoyed laughing and singing together. In later years, we were able to connect spiritually. May she rest in peace.

  • Hein Aalders
    December 4, 2017

    Looking in the archives of the family Aalders, my eye fell on this sweet contribution Helma made to a present book given by the children Aalders to their father and mother on the occasion of their father’s 70th birthday in 1951. She wrote, 23 years old, preparing to become a nurse, these loving words to their parents:
    ‘Thinking about mother I think about father. Automatically. Because they belong together. And how happy we are we have them. That they are just there! Coming home from a busy day working, they’ll be sitting ready with a listening ear. Always. They listen with great interest to my experiences and they respond to that most sincerely. Going back by bike, father has already put my bike ready, pumped the tires, lit the lamps and then they wave me goodbye. Together. That image of father and mother waving me goodbye together, I will remember it my whole life. That comforting attitude of father is a true reference to the Father in heaven, who looks after everyone. Father ànd mother, both, are the support and backbone of my 23 year of wandering around in this strange world.’

  • Sytske Aalders
    December 4, 2017

    dear family abroad,

    Also I would like to offer my sincere condolences to you all.
    I am one of the daughters of Carel en Lies and met tante Helma several times at family gatherings in Holland.
    ik wish you all strength and love in this time.
    Love,
    Sytske

  • Mertie Tummers
    December 4, 2017

    To Pieter, Pietsie, Fi, family, With all my heart I would like to express my sincere condolences. Sharing memories will take up too much space and time. My dearest friend Helma will always be in my heart and behind me echoing her good advice and “sayings” as we all may know.
    Ach, Mert….kom op zeg! Heeeeerlijk dat je belt…het ga je goed! Dag lieve Helma we misen je…Mertie

  • Marianne Lovink Goldsmith
    December 3, 2017

    To Pietsie, Fi and all family members of dear cousin Helma’s family, how you will miss her. My sincere condolences.
    I first met Helma when she came to Ottawa, and I was just a teenager. Hers was the first wedding I ever attended, Craig unbelievably handsome in his naval uniform and Helma a radiant bride. She would often visit the family in later years, her warm and joyful presence always a delight to us all.
    I will miss our conversations on the phone, but her beautiful spirit will always be with me.

  • Katie Mares
    December 3, 2017

    Al saber que tu mamá se nos adelantó, lo primero que sentí fue tu dolor de su pérdida. Tu mamá ya está volando. Una gran mujer.

  • Charles Groos
    December 3, 2017

    A very charming intelligent and beautiful woman who I was always happy to see.

  • Annemarie Aalders
    December 3, 2017

    Dear Pieter, Pietsie, Fi,
    my condolences to you all. I’m thinking of you. Lots of love, Annemarie (daughter of Carel)

  • Laurens Felderhof
    December 3, 2017

    Dear Pieter, Pietsie and Fi
    Condolences to you and the family for the loss of your mother, dearest Helma. Our thoughts are with Helma and all of you. We cherish our memories and will miss her dearly.
    Felderhof family
    Bussum, The Netherlands

  • Katy Croshier
    December 3, 2017

    Dear Fi
    I send my most sincere condolences .
    It is so sad to loose your mom, l know.
    Love to you. Cherish the memories!
    Katy

  • Ian Black
    December 3, 2017

    The World is a poorer place with the passing of Helma.
    Always cheerful and positive, Helma was a delight to all her family and friends. May her journey be one of joy knowing she did the best possible job of instilling in her children the value of love and tolerance towards all.
    Bless you dear Helma. We love and miss you.

  • Esther van den Bor-Glazener
    December 3, 2017

    Dear all,

    Because of the fact that Aunt Helma and I have the same date of birth, I felt a special bond with her. We wrote each other birthday letters for many years. I will miss that feeling of connectedness.
    With love, Esther

  • Anneroos Meyboom
    December 3, 2017

    Van harte gecondoleerd en fijn dat ze zo rustig is overleden. Sterkte met het verlies en veel liefs. Anneroos Meyboom. Oudste nicht van Helma van AalderszijdeA

  • Aleid Knoote-Aalders
    December 3, 2017

    Dear Pieter, Fi and Pietsie and other family,

    Condolences with your mother, my aunt Helma, sister of my father Carel. It was good to see her the last time she was in the Netherlands, about 2 years ago. Some years before that my late husband Eric and I went to see her in Victoria which was a really nice visit.

    All the best,
    Aleid Knoote-Aalders

  • J.aalders
    December 3, 2017

    My condolences to the Canadian cousins for tante Helma! We met her just a few years ago in Amsterdam, and have fond memories of the times we saw her in Holland.
    Lots of love to you all,
    Justine Aalders

  • Marius Aalders
    December 3, 2017

    I loved my dear sister so much. We talked a lot over the telephone, laughed and exchanged good and bad tidings. She was so transparent, so helpful, so understanding. Wherever she appeared she radiated warmth, it seemed the place became cosier, the conversation merrier. She meant so much to me, supported me and understood the problems with which I was confronted, found solutions together with me. I shall miss her terribly.

  • Ties Aalders
    December 3, 2017

    To Fi, Piets, Pieter : Marius, Lydia and I ( Paul’s wife) together with my daughter Nelleco and son Hein Aalders will have a wake on monday 3 pm (our time) at my home to share our memories of Helma and being thinking of you, on your way to the celebration at Beach Drive.
    Hein composed a selection of old family photos and sent it to you.
    We are grateful for having known Helma and will always remember her. She stepped into another world, unknown to us but – as I trust – in safe Hands.
    We keep in touch! TIES Aalders

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