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Peace of the country


Garden of Stephen and Judy Helle, Williamstown Story by Kathleen Hay


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r. Stephen Helle is warm, outgoing and gregarious. The former Chief of Medicine and nephrologist for Montre- al’s Lakeshore Hospital, Helle, now retired, tended to


his patients with much the same love and care with which he tends to the sprawling 166-acre property he and Judy purchased in 1978, near Williamstown. At that time they were residing in Pierresfond, one of Montreal’s suburbs, but they were looking for some land. Steve, as he prefers to be called, grew up near Lake Balaton, Hungry where his father, an engineer, and his mother, a true green thumb, owned a seed production farm and a vineyard. Steve recalls with fondness the first day of harvest each year. “The priest would come to bless the grapes, then everybody


went out for the first collections from the vines. My father would hire gypsy musicians and there would be lots of dancing and singing. “Then it was back to regular work the next day.” The turmoil of the Second World War saw the family move


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