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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Ken Edwards, Aug 14, 2022.

  1. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    Phil Helms of China Grove, North Carolina passed away on August 14, 2022 after a long illness. A former Smithsonian taxidermist, Phil was well-known in the taxidermy industry from his frequent attendance at state, regional and national conventions as a technical representative for McKenzie Supply.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2022
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  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    So sad to hear this. He was a really great guy. I’ve visited with him numerous times at conventions over the years. Condolences to his family

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Talked with him many many times , Great Man , wealth of knowledge , he will surely be missed , the taxidermy community has lost a great man . RIP Phil
  4. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    Great guy will be missed. Prayers to his family from mine
  5. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Super guy
    And a great striper fisherman
    RIP brother
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    A great guy who was always there to help anyone. My condolences to his family and to his McKenzie family at his loss. The industry has lost a true friend.
  7. Manny81

    Manny81 Member

    Taxidermy has lost a great man and inspiration. God bless his soul.
  8. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear , condolences to his family
  9. RElkinsTaxidermy

    RElkinsTaxidermy New Member

  10. RElkinsTaxidermy

    RElkinsTaxidermy New Member

    Phil was the first teacher I had when I got serious about taxidermy. He was a great teacher, mentor and friend. Very sorry to hear of his passing. Godspeed, my friend.
  11. grumpa

    grumpa Active Member

    Only met Phil once, but the hour I spent with him was a pleasure.
    RIP Phil. Condolences to those he left behind.
  12. Rest in Peace. He will be missed.
  13. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Active Member

    I am sorry to hear this. Kind of took me by surprise. I didn't know he had been Ill. I enjoyed talking about gator hunting when I met him a a taxidermy convention a few years ago.
  14. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    RIP Phil, condolences to the family. He was a good man

    Another Taxidermist lost to cancer you can't help but wonder about all this junk we soak into our bodies every day in the shop
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  15. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    He was very talented. A great loss to the industry
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  16. *

    * Liberalism IS A MENTAL ILLNESS !

    A good man, a talented man, a man who could befriend anyone with his personality and demeanor.
    How does it go , only the good die young.
    RIP Phil I always saw a smile on your face
    We were born the same year I always remembered that.

    TRAPPERDAVE New Member

    rest in peace ...... Phil helped me as a beginner over the phone many times with home tanning and other questions etc , It was how I got started from his notes. I still have them and refer back to them as well.
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  18. Penczak

    Penczak Active Member

    You got that right. I breathed a ton of asbestos.
    Plus our sedentary lifestyle required to do the work /art.
    You guys remember to walk each day 45 minutes a day. Won't help with cancer. But it'll be good to help ward off other things.
  19. He WAS a true gentleman! God rest his soul!
  20. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    What a wonderful person! I’m so thankful I knew Phil. He was an inspiration and a great example of how to treat others. No finer person exists. He will be greatly missed.