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Date of Passing: Nov 29, 2013

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HELEN ANITA WOOLLARD (nee CURLE) Helen passed away peacefully on November 29, 2013, just two days after her 84th birthday, after a long struggle with Alzheimer disease. Helen was born in Winnipeg and grew up in St. James. She raised her family in St. Vital and later on resided in Springfield. Helen truly loved her Saint Bernard dogs. They provided her with love and companionship during her later years at her home in Springfield. Helen joined the Winnipeg Police Department in 1959, working at the Emergency Telephone Department. In May, 1960 she was promoted to a policewoman, being the first policewoman to attend a full regular recruit class. She was also the first policewoman in Winnipeg to wear a police uniform. Helen retired from the police force in December 1989 after a full 30 year career. Helen is survived by her son Russell (Linda), daughter Valerie, grandchildren, and sister Margaret Nicholls of Sarnia, Ontario. Her husband Russell and brother Johnny Curle predeceased her. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Tuxedo Villa Extendicare for their compassionate care they provided to Helen. Cremation has taken place. No formal service will be held. "She is free at last and will forever be in our hearts." Chapel Lawn 885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2013

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Always a lady and a professional - Posted by: Blake Dunn (co worker) on: Jan 21, 2014

  • I have lots of good memories of my Aunt Helen. She was good natured & a kind Lady. I only realized as I got older what my Aunt had accomplished by becoming a Police Officer. She'll be missed. - Posted by: Lynda & Rick Smith (Niece) on: Dec 15, 2013

  • I had the honour of working with Helen throughout her entire career with the Winnipeg Police Service. As the Staff Inspector of Division 23 I supervised this professional Detective as she worked on many Homicides and Robberies. As Chief of Police I can speak to Helen's work ethic throughout her entire Policing career- she will be missed. - Posted by: herb stephen (co-worker and supervisor) on: Dec 13, 2013

  • I will miss how you were always so classy, the special way you made apple pie, just for me. Our family dinners every Sunday. It is an honour to say that you are my grandma!!!! May you rest in peace. BUSTER!!!! 😪 - Posted by: Kevin Hildebrandt (Grandson) on: Dec 12, 2013

  • My first memory of Helen was when I was a child at The Winnipeg Police Dept's (yes it was Dept. then not Service) annual Police Picnic and my father, who was a police officer introduced Helen to me. I was so thrilled to meet a real "policewoman"! I also remember the great respect my father had for her. I never forgot that. I went on to become a police officer myself and ran into Helen from time to time in the course of my career. She was always professional but also kind and gracious. My condolences to her family - Posted by: Scarlett Somers Bellingham (former co-worker Winnipeg Police Service) on: Dec 12, 2013

  • I am a civilian member with the Winnipeg Police Service and had the honour to work with her. What I remembered most about Helen was her smile, kindness, patience and laughter. I am so proud to know this beautiful women - she will be missed. - Posted by: Florence Dery (co-worker) on: Dec 12, 2013

  • Helen Woollard was a trailblazer for women entering policing. She started her career during a time when very few women were interested in policing, and fewer were accepted by a male dominated culture. I had the good fortune of meeting Helen at the start of my career when she completed my recruit background investigation. She holds a place of honour with the Winnipeg Police Service. - Posted by: Danny Smyth (Co-worker from Winnipeg Police Service) on: Dec 10, 2013

  • I first met Helen on the job back around 1972. She was a wonderful lady to talk with and I never seen her in a bad mood. Helen was truly a credit to her profession. R.I.P. Helen. - Posted by: Rick Elgar (Co-Worker at W.P.S.) on: Dec 09, 2013

  • My auntie was a great lady, always there for all of us. We have good memories of always being at their house. Family dinners and gatherings. Auntie loved animals like me. She was a strong woman and police officer. All of us will miss her! Love you auntie.. - Posted by: robyn /debbie bernhard (niece) on: Dec 09, 2013

  • Remember and enjoyed working with Helen once while working Detectives in WPS. She was a guiding light and as junior officer, looked up to her. Had worked a big rape case with her after which I received raves from the presiding judge about my evidence gathering. I could not have done it without my guiding light, I thank you for your are a nice lady. RIP - Posted by: Larry Bailey (Friend-co worker) on: Dec 07, 2013

  • Another legend has fallen & with due respect, it was a pleasure to have been a working partner with Helen in the crime division. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Wally RUDNICK (ex partner (co-worker)) on: Dec 07, 2013

  • A true inspiration in a male dominated profession. She was the true meaning of a Police Officer. She will be missed. - Posted by: Bruce D. McDonald (Friend / Former Co-Worker) on: Dec 07, 2013

  • I met Helen in 1980 during the course of working with WPS, and was amazed by her being the first woman officer. She was definitely looked up to by all, and over the next several years until her retirement, I could see why. She was a great lady and officer. - Posted by: David Buck (co-worker at WPS) on: Dec 07, 2013

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