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JUNE 26, 1957 -- MARCH 29, 2005

Richard T. Helm, a longtime Buffalo-area resident who was employed as a carpenter, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Ionia, Mich., home. He was 47.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Helm graduated from West Seneca West High School and lived in West Seneca for many years. For several years, he worked for Erb Co. a South Buffalo supplier of plumbing and heating equipment.

In 1991, he moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where he worked for H&R Construction Co. as a finishing carpenter. In 1999, he moved to Hedgesville, W.Va., where he worked for Northeastern Supply Co., a plumbing and electrical warehouse. In January, he moved to Ionia.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, the former Terri Clark; four daughters, Nicole Barnum of Holland, Christina Cassata of Florida and Whitney McCarty and Evita, both of Ionia; three sons, Tony McCarty of Hamilton, Ill., Timothy McCarty of Keokuk and Tyler McCarty of Ionia; his mother, Viola of West Seneca; his father and stepmother, Richard and Sandra of Fort Erie, Ont.; two sisters, Catherine Majtyka of West Seneca and Barbara Welker of Swain; two brothers, James of Chaffee and Michael West Seneca; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in DeJong's Funeral Home in Keokuk. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Hamilton, Ill.

A memorial Mass will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca.


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