David Scott Helming   1949 - 2021

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David Scott Helming

March 6, 1949 - January 10, 2021

On January 10, 2021 David Scott Helming, 71, passed away from complications due to Covid.
David was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on March 6, 1949, the eldest of six children of Fred W. Helming and Agnes (Anthony). A 1967 graduate of Kennedy High in Waterbury, he captained the men’s swim team, and swam for the Waterbury YMCA, garnering many records that still stand today. He attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1971, where he was a member and officer in the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, a Varsity member of the Rutgers University Men's Swimming Team, and a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. After graduation David pursued a career in insurance, settling in Sharon, Connecticut for a short time, then many happy years in his beloved Maine. He was a Rotarian, and contributed extensively to the United Way in Portland, Maine, where he worked for the UNUM Insurance Company. David loved the ocean and boating and had a beach cottage on Southport Island for many years. He was a member of the Southport Yacht Club, and served as Commodore from 1990 – 1992. In 1995 he returned to Sharon, CT, where he worked for the Prindle and Ericson insurance companies, and JP Maguire Associates and lived until his retirement in 2019. He chaired the Republican Town Committee, and was a former President of the Sharon Lions Club. He moved to Sun City, South Carolina with his wife, Lill, where he pursued a variety of interests and passions.
David was predeceased by his father and a brother, John. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Lill; his mother; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Peg Helming of Southport, ME, James and Kathy Helming of Portland, ME, Tom and Mary Helming of Somerville, MA; a sister and brother-in-law Susan and Chester Godfrey of Charleton, MA; his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Amanda Helming of Hingham, MA; his daughter Sarah Helming of Portland, ME; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved grandchildren, Caroline, Teddy and Grayson.
Dave will never be forgotten, he was a sincere, sensitive, kind man who made the world a better place by shining and sharing his light with everyone he knew. He was beloved by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held when all can gather. His ashes will be buried and scattered in his cherished Southport waters, in a small family ceremony.

Arrangements & Guest Information


Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation
PO Box 68
Southport, ME 04576
the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Delores Coan

January 13, 2021
from Canaan, Connecticut
I’m in a state of shock. My friend, our friend has left us. The loving and happy memories I have for David and Lill bring warmth to me. I feel blessed that David and Lill were brought into my life. This is a tragic loss for his family and many friends.
God bless David and his family. I am deeply saddened and send my sincere condolences to his beloved wife, Lill and his family.

Gregg Anderson

January 13, 2021
from Somerset, New Jersey
David was my roommate at Rugers, and a teammate on the Swim Team. He was a fierce competitor, a loyal friend, always kind and helpful. I will cherish my memories of David and his family.  

Kelly and Paul

January 13, 2021
from Millbrook, New York
David was a happy-go-lucky and kind man. I especially loved listening to him talk about his children and grandchildren. He was so excited about his retirement and new adventure in South Carolina. My heart goes out to Lil and his family...he will be missed.  


January 12, 2021
from Swarthmore , Pennsylvania
One of many fond memories I have is all those summer sundays when Dave when pull up to the David’s Island dock, roust me,and we’d bomb over to the harbor in the Resolute. We’d get donuts from Puffin bakery, paper from Sherman’s and sit on the dock sipping coffee, reading the paper and eating the donuts.
Kings of the world!! Miss you Dave

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