Helen Vari Obituary Ontario, Helen Vari Has Passed Away – Death Cause
Helen Vari Obituary, Death – Helen, who was 91 years old when she died away, did so in the comfort of her home in Toronto, surrounded by her devoted family. Helen was preceded in death by both her husband, George W. Vari, and her younger brother, Peter Fabinyi. George W. Vari was born in the United States. She is survived by her youngest brother, Paul Fabinyi; her two ‘daughters,’ Agnes Hilkene and Victoria De Luca; and their husbands, Christopher Hilkene and Jason De Luca. She is also survived by her husband, Christopher Hilkene.
Alexandra Hilkene, Anna-Sophia De Luca, and Isabella Georgina De Luca thought the world of her in the role of Oma. Helen is also greatly missed by her relatives and friends who live in other countries, including the Fabinyi family in Hungary, the Sheely family in the United States of America, and a large number of close friends all over the world. Helen was born in Iglo, but she spent her early years in Hungary before relocating to Montreal, Quebec, in the early 1960s. It was then that she met the man who would become the love of her life, George.
Together, Helen and George were able to build a very successful multinational real estate development and construction company that had operations on all five continents thanks to their collaborative efforts. To further their humanitarian endeavors, George and Helen Vari established the George and Helen Vari Foundation in 1984. Helen served as the President of the World Monuments Fund in France, a position in which she was responsible for supervising the repair of the Cathedral Dome of the Hôtel National des Invalides in the year 1989.
It was the most extensive renovation of a historic edifice that had ever been completed prior to the restoration of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. In 2001, the George and Helen Vari Foundation gave a donation of 6,000 Canadian Sugar Maple trees to the Chateau de Versailles and the Bois de Boulogne in Paris in order to help repair the damage that had been done to the woodlands there. As a result of these efforts, each of the forests was given its own name: the Canadian Forest and the Ontario Forest. In addition, the Vari Foundation provided funding for the refurbishment of the forecourt and the Fountain of Hope at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa.
Helen, in her role as Honorary Colonel of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, was a stalwart advocate for both the active military troops and the veterans of Canada’s armed forces. She was the primary donor in the construction of the Visitor Education Centre and the George Vari Gate, which serves as the entrance to the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. She proudly referred to the Toronto Scottish Regiment as “the best Regiment in the world.” She was involved in a number of projects that were designed to commemorate the significant history of the Toronto Scottish Regiment.