Alfred A. Helger Sr., 78, Little Compton

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Alfred A. Helger Sr., 78, of Little Compton, died peacefully on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at the Village House, Newport, after a long illness.  He was the beloved husband of Joyce H. (Chace) Helger.  Born in Tiverton, he was a son of the late George E. and Mary S. (Silvia) Helger.

Mr. Helger resided in Tiverton and Little Compton his entire life and was the former co-owner and operator of Helger’s United Oil, Tiverton, until his retirement in 1999.

He was a member of Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church, Tiverton, where he served as a deacon and trustee.  Mr. Helger was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was an avid antique car enthusiast, shellfisherman, and enjoyed travelling and spending time with his family.

Beside his wife he is survived by three sons, Alfred A. Helger Jr. and William G. Helger, both of Little Compton, and James A Helger of Rutland, Mass.; two daughters, Gail J. Martin of Westport and Laurie A. Eline of Salem, Mass.; two brothers, Alvin E. Helger and Carl R. Helger, both of Tiverton; nine grandchildren; one great grandson and several nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of the late Holly Martin and brother of the late: Raymond, Harry, George, Arthur, Edward, Norman and Donald Helger, Mildred Helger, Alice Manchester, Flora Vaz and Mary Crites.  His funeral, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be Friday, Nov.2, at 10 a.m. at Bliss Four Corners Congregational Church, Tiverton.  Calling hours will be Thursday, 5-8 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.  Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Tiverton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bliss Four Corners Church, 1264 Stafford Road, Tiverton 02878, or the Alzheimer’s Assoc., RI Chapter, 245 Waterman Ave., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.  For directions or to sign on-line guest book please visit Potterfuneralservice.com

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