H.G. Helps 1910-2013

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The oldest JC Old Boy that we are aware of, Henry George deRichmond Helps who attended JC from 1922-1928 died on March 8, 2013 in Georgia, USA, where he lived with his daughter. He was in his 103rd year.

Hailing from Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Mr. Helps received a scholarship to JC where he boarded. There, he excelled academically and at sports, including cricket and football, and was on the winning Championship Sports and Sunlight Cup teams in 1928 (see attached photos).

After working as an accountant with companies including Shell, Mr. Helps started his own petroleum haulage business, which he ran successfully for over forty years. He was also a long time President of the Jamaica Petroleum Haulage Contractors Association. A gifted pianist, who played by ear, Mr. Helps often played in hotels and entertained friends and family at home.

Throughout the years, Mr. Helps maintained an active interest in the progress of JC’s sporting teams, and was very often on the campus giving welcome advice to players. He was well known to all at JC for many years, and even on occasion assisted with transportation for team members to various fixtures.

Mr. Helps was predeceased by his wife of 64 years and is survived by his daughter, a son, Henry, also a JC alumnus, who lives in Canada – henry.helps@sympatico.ca ,as well as grand and great grand-children.

May his soul rest in peace.

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