The Funeral Mass of former Catholic News columnist, Helena Kimlin Allum was held at the Church of the Nativity, Crystal Stream, Thursday, March 18. Chief celebrant and homilist was Fr Gregory Augustine CSSp and concelebrants Frs Stephen Geofroy and Tom Willemsen CSSp. Fr Tom, who considered himself “Helena’s parish priest”, led the service of committal. The St Theresa’s, Woodbrook choir led the prayerful singing.
Before the Mass began, there were three testimonies to Helena’s life – one in poetry by Valerie Bethel and Susanne Roget, another by Derrick Phillip, Principal of East Mucurapo Secondary School from which Helena retired in 2019, and an audio message from Bishop Clyde Harvey of St George’s-in-Grenada. The following edited eulogy was delivered by Carol Tajudeen, Helena’s sister.
Helena Kimlin Allum was the sixth of eight children (five boys and three girls) and was the youngest of the three girls. She was born August 1, 1959 and grew up with our parents, Charlie, and Clara Allum (now deceased) in the fishing village of La Lune, Moruga.