John A. Helgren "Jack", was born September 22, 1927.
He passed away suddenly after a brief illness on June 3, 2012.
Jack began his long and enjoyable 50 year career at the San Diego Union-Tribune as a 12 year old newspaper carrier in 1939, serving the Hillcrest area. He would ride his bicycle from North Park all the way to third and E Streets in downtown San Diego to pick up his newspapers and back up the hill to make his deliveries each afternoon.
He retired in 1990 as Manager, Single Copy Sales in the Circulation Department.
The highlight of Jack's retirement was his affiliation with the San Diego Al Bahr Shrine serving on many committees and excelling to the highest position of Potentate, later President of Past Potentates. He could also be seen driving his "Tin Lizzy" in all the Shrine parades. Time spent as a Shriner was the happiest time of his life. He "Knew no stranger" and always had a happy joke to tell.
Jack's civic service over a period of 60 years included the San Diego Police Reserve for over 25 years. He was called to direct traffic in critical situations and made the task look like an easy, beautiful work of art.
He thoroughly enjoyed being a "call man" in the Lemon Grove Fire Department. After a house fire he would stay until all the wood furniture in the home was completely wiped free of water so it would not be ruined.
During his lifetime he donated over 14 gallons to the San Diego Blood Bank, making him a "Top Gallon Donor."
He will be remembered best for his dedicated service to the people of San Diego through all the above mentioned organizations, integrity, ownership and love of beautiful antique and classic automobiles, a truly outstanding person and handsome gentleman.
Jack Helgren will be missed greatly by many friends, his beloved sister Betty Cozby, brother-in-law, Bill Cozby, Diane, Donna and Dennis.
The family more than appreciates all the help and support given by Jan Hunt. He has brightened all our lives and we feel privileged to have shared time with him.