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Breaking News: Man Dies After Climbing On Top Of Metro-North Train

Robert E. Helmus, 91, Of Ridgefield, Worked With American Airlines

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Robert E. Helmus of Ridgefield died Saturday, July 19. He was 91.

Helmus was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Manhattan, N.Y., and was the son of Adolph and Ottilie (Gaetgens) Helmus. Raised in the Queens, he attended Queens N.Y. schools, Manhasset High School and graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

He began his career as a civilian mechanic for medical supply aircraft during World War II and later with American Airlines. He later became a salesman of electrical conductors with the Burndy Corp. of Norwalk and a company marketing analyst retiring in 1987 after 35 years of service. A resident of Ridgefield since 1962 coming from Great Neck, L.I., N.Y., he was a member of the Society of Aeronautical Engineers, a former Pop Warner football coach and election polls worker. He was a member of the N.R.A., Ridgefield Rifle Club and the Wooster Mountain Gun Club of Danbury.

Helmus is survived by his sons, Robert Helmus (Becky) of Aspen, Colo., Peter Helmus (June) of New Milford and Drew Helmus of Danbury; daughter, Lisa Evans (John) Schapers, Sr. of New Milford; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Drummey) Helmus.

There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will take place Friday, Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 6 Ivy Hill Road, Ridgefield. Interment will take place at the direction of the family.

Contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels , 25 Gilbert St., or Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Assoc. , 90 East Ridge both of Ridgefield, CT 06877.

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