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BRUCE STEPHEN HELMLY

Bruce Stephen Helmly, 66, of Savannah, Georgia, died Wednesday evening, January 8, 2020, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of Eleanor “Ellie” Sue Hall Loewen and Harry Lanier Helmly, Sr. Bruce was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He retired as a Master Firefighter from the City of Savannah Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Tara Smith Helmly; two daughters, Jessica L. Richard and her husband, Paul, and Stephanie Dial; five grandchildren, Ethan Richard, Brayden Richard, Jordin Richard, Nolan Harwell and Josie Dial; one great-grandson, Avery Buffer; his mother, Eleanor “Ellie” Sue Hall Loewen; his father, Harry Lanier Helmly, Sr.; one sister, Linda H. Ross and her husband, John; two brothers, Harry L. Helmly, Jr. and his wife, Katrina, and Glenn Helmly, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

A memorial service will be held at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Steve Hilgeman. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, Inc. – 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Augusta, Georgia 30909.

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  1. James Woods says:

    Prayers for the family.

  2. Cheryl Clay says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Tony Hearn says:

    Prayers to Family for my old Friend Bruce so sorry for your Loss…

  4. Sherrie Schwarz says:

    Sending deepest sympathy. Bruce will truly be missed. Many prayers for the family.

  5. Barry Johnson says:

    Bruce has been my friend for as long as i can remember…..we played more tennis matches than i could ever count….i love you Bruce and i am sure gonna miss you…i will never forget you…God Bless….Barry

  6. Wayne Howell says:

    Prayers going up for Bruce’s family. Bruce was the best friend a person could ever know. He will be missed.

  7. Alicia says:

    I remember Bruce so well from the gym. I was very sad to hear this news. Prayers to all

  8. Dave add Maureen says:

    Our most heart felt prayers to Bruce’s family. You will be missed, but not forgotten, Brother.

  9. Carolyn Peloquin says:

    So Sorry for your family’s loss. He will be greatly miss in the neighborhood.

  10. Mike Smith says:

    My Deepest Condolences and Prayers for the Family! RIP Ole Friend!

  11. Donna Whitfield says:

    Bruce will be missed by many friends and his family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!!

    Donna and Neal Whitfield

  12. Debi Moody Lanier says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bruce. I went to junior high with him at Myers and remember he hung out with Billy Shaw and Harry, his brother. I have always thought the world of Bruce.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and his cousin Tricia Gunter.

    Debi Moody Lanier

  13. Charles Skip Ferguson says:

    Bruce was a great guy and good friend. I will miss him very much. I will be saying prayers for his family.

  14. Debra Seese says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers
    ❤️ Many fond memories growing up with Bruce on Wilmington Island.

  15. Susan Avery Smith says:

    So sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing. He was so much help in the planning of our last class reunion. Thinking back I first met Bruce & Harry when we were in Mrs. Van Pufflin’s 3rd grade class at May Howard. Sending prayers yo his family. RIP Bruce.

  16. Laura Dodd Solomons says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bruce. He was, indeed, a special person. Blessings to the family in the days to come.

  17. Kenny Denmark says:

    I have known Bruce for a long time thru my brothers Steve and David on Fire Department and this sad news hit me hard . We never know when God decides to take us home. I had the pleasure of meeting Harry at Memorial hospital when I worked there. I can still remember him coming to a Super Bowl party in his pajamas, he said he wanted to be ready for bed after the game. May God Bless

  18. Andrea Richardson says:

    I was devastated at the news of Bruce, I also sorry but feel he is in a much better place, and someday we will see him again. Bruce you were a great friend and neighbor.

  19. Thom Thigpen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Though I hadn’t seen Bruce for many years, just thinking of me put a grin on my face. + Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. +

  20. Renee Everett says:

    I am so sad to hear of your passing ole friend. May God comfort your family during this time. You were one of a kind and I know you are walking with Jesus now and enjoying His company. I bet you have so many questions for Him. The world lost a very special man but Heaven gained another beautiful soul. Rest easy my friend. God’s got it from here.

  21. Steve Tillman says:

    Bruce and I go way back to the 5th grade. Bruce my good friend, we had so many good times together, that I will never forget, nor will I forget you. I pray for the family you left behind, and the pain they feel
    May God bless you and all that care about you. Will see you again.

  22. Granat Family says:

    Our most heart warm condolences to the entire Helmly family.
    God bless you.

  23. Dennis Cook says:

    Rest In Peace Bruce. A great person who could make anyone laugh. His best friend a goat to helping anyone who needed help. Bruce always smiled and I’m sure he’s smiling now. No pain or suffering. God has built a great fire department with the best firefighters and Bruce is one of them. God be with his family. Retired BC Dennis Cook.

  24. Adam, Karen and Kole Newman says:

    Bruce- you will be missed! Thank you always for being so good to my son Kole!!! Our family will never forget you! From the old days boxing for Adams granddaddy to the YMCA and umpire days in baseball- you were such fun!
    Prayers to you all
    The Newman’s

  25. Kathy Whalen Bryant says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce, thoughts and prayers go out to Harry and family.

  26. Nick and Lacey Richard says:

    Jessica and family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We pray that God will give you all peace and comfort during this difficult time, and the times to come.

  27. Jo Mikell McCutchen says:

    So glad I got to see him lately. Rest well my friend. You will be missed. Prayers for your family over the heartache of your loss! ☹️

  28. Jon McCain says:

    So sorry about Bruce. i will miss him. He always brought a smile to my face.

  29. Diane Price Altman says:

    I am so sad to hear of Bruce’s passing. We went through school together, elementary through high school. Praying for his family. He will surely be missed. May God bless everyone impacted by his death.

  30. Cathy Evans says:

    Even though I haven’t seen Bruce since the reunion I will miss his smiling face. Rest in peace dear friend.

  31. E.Joyce Parris says:

    I was sadden to hear of Bruce’s passing. My thoughts and
    prayers are with his family.

  32. Cathy Bristow Mendelsohn says:

    Ellie and Harry, I am so sorry for you and your family. I have been thinking about the good times growing up on Wilmington Island and attending school and Redeemer Lutheran Church with Bruce. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. May you find solace and peace through your faith in God.

  33. Lamar Field says:

    From years pass, Rest In Peace my friend

  34. Nancy Thomas Smith says:

    Dear Family: Bruce’s passing was so shocking to me. I cannot begin to know what you are all going through. He was really a wonderful thoughtful and loving guy and will be greatly missed. With and God’s blessings.

  35. Karen Hulme Harrelson says:

    I knew Bruce and Harry since elementary school, with all other Wilmington Island friend’s.
    May God bring comfort & peace to his family.
    Karen Hulme Harrelson

  36. Karen Hulme Harrelson says:

    Hugs to all the family. May Bruce Rest In Peace until we all meet again. Grief is very hard but you get a chance to relive the great times of your family member.

  37. Karen Hulme Harrelson says:

    May you finally find peace and rest for all of the days ahead. We will all see you again one day.
    Prayers for your family.

  38. Jerry and Wanda Culp says:

    We are so sorry. Jerry and I will keep your family in our prayers.

  39. Joyce Fischer says:

    Bruce and my boys Frank Jimmy Nash have been friends since boyhood so sorry to hear this He would come to my house and dig for artifacts in my yard and found lots of civil war artifacts. He also had a map of my place when it was a civi war battery. We are just coming home from a cruise will not be able to make service but will pray for him and his family. My granddaughter Cameron knew him from Basils

  40. terrycmooney @gmail.com says:

    So sorry for your loss Tara, prayers for you and the family to have confort at this sad time

  41. Roy Morris says:

    My condolences to the Helmly family. May he Rest In Peace. Bruce was one of the “Cool” guys at school. Knew him from Myers. Great guy. You will be missed my friend.

  42. Kelly McDaniel says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to family to find peace.

  43. Andy Smith says:

    Dear Stephanie & Family, We are very Saddened & Sorrowful to learn of your family’s loss. Our hearts, thoughts, & prayers are with you & your Family during this difficult time & Always. May you find Strength & Comfort in each other & Cherish the good times & Memories. We still live in Conyers area. Please let us know if we can do anything. Our Church has a Master Prayer list & a Prayer Quilt Ministry.

  44. Joni Knight McLendon says:

    So sorry for your loss. My God comfort and bless you.

  45. Rebecca Salamankas says:

    Bruce will be greatly missed ! He always took such good care of my mom , always coming across the street to check on her and lend a helping hand when needed . I loved hearing Bruce tell stories of my grandad . Bruce knew my granddad from the fire station . I always enjoyed when he had his goats
    My oldest son loved Clara Belll . Bruce was a great neighbor and wonderful friend .
    RIP my friend .

  46. Danny Weatherly says:

    My thoughts and prayers to all Bruce’s family. Through all of the years that I knew him, and saw him off and on, he would always bring a smile to my face over some memory we shared.
    Rest well my friend and know that you have done well.

  47. Brian Nagy says:

    I pray the family is finding peace in these difficult times. My prayers are with you all.

  48. Theresa Stutts Brown says:

    I’m so sorry, to hear the news of Bruce,we went to May Howard
    Together, along with all the other wilmington island neighbors, you might not remember me but recently I saw a photo you posted on FB of elementary school it brought back so many memories and old friends so dear to me, please except my condolences, God Bless you and you entire family if there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask.

  49. Cheryl St Lawrence says:

    So many prayers for Bruce and family. He was a great guy and good old Savannah boy, very much lover. May you rest in peace and you will never be forgotten.

  50. Sandra Weeks Fox says:

    So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. When he lived in Effingham we went to school together. He attended a couple of our class reunions. So sorry for your loss. So sorry I only just found out about this. Always was a good guy. Praying for you all.

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