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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

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    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.
     
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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

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

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    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

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    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
     
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  10. RElkinsTaxidermy

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    * Liberalism IS A MENTAL ILLNESS !

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    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.
     
  17. TRAPPERDAVE

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    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

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    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.