Sterling Helstrom

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Sterling Helstrom

June 01, 1952 - January 28, 2019

Sterling Helstrom Sterling Helstrom, 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at the Aroostook House of Comfort. He was born in Caribou on June 1, 1952, the son of Gordon and Viola (McBreairty) Helstrom.

Sterling was a graduate of Washburn High School and Hanson's Barber School in Lewiston, Maine. For 24 dedicated years, Sterling spent his days working hard at Dwight's Barber Shop with his brother and best friend, until he was forced to retire for health reasons. He so appreciated Dwight's jokes and listening to his stories. Sterling was a quiet, witty man who may not have remembered names, but never forgot a face or a voice.

Sterling and his wife, Ellen, were married for forty-five happy years. Best friends forever, they always said they were a package deal, and what you see is what you get! Sterling and Ellen were blessed with two children, Christopher and Lisa. Family vacations were so important to him, and as a family they enjoyed spending time in Niagara Falls, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Virginia Beach, Disney World, Washington D.C, and Prince Edward Island. One of Sterling's happiest places, though, was spending many summer weekends at "The Camp" on Sebec Lake. Whether he was driving the boat as the kids tubed and waterskied, being a handy man, or master of the grill, the camp was a summer sanctuary for family memories.

Sterling just loved outdoor hobbies. Over the years, you could find him ice fishing at Square Lake, driving around his family farm in Perham, or in Oxbow which was his second home during hunting season. He spent countless hours training his black lab dogs to retrieve birds for partridge hunting. Sterling's yard was his pride and joy and he loved planting trees and flowers, keeping the lawn pristine, and snow blowing with his John Deere tractor. He loved to putter, with endless ingenuity. Sterling had a sharp sense of humor and infectious optimism. His sense of appreciation for life doubled when his grandsons, Miles and Elliott Helstrom were born. He loved spending weekends with them taking them for rides on his tractor and gator. They brought him so much joy and he was so proud to be Grampy Sterl.

Sterling is survived by his wife, Ellen (Nason) Helstrom, his son Christopher and his wife Caitlin (Wallace) Helstrom, all of Presque Isle, and his daughter Lisa (Helstrom) Baker and her husband Justin of Chelmsford, MA; his brother Dwight and partner Sue Moreau of Mapleton; his brother-in-law David Nason and wife Jody of Millinocket; his grandsons Miles and Elliott Helstrom. He is also survived by his black lab, Stella Raven, and many nieces and nephews.

The family is sincerely appreciative of the medical staff at Northern Light A.R. Gould hospital who treated him like family, and to the Aroostook House of Comfort who welcomed the Helstrom family and treated them with incredible compassion and dignity during Sterling's final days.

A spring interment will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11am at Fairview Cemetery in Perham. Memories and condolences may be shared at In lieu of flowers, Sterling's family would appreciate donations to one of Sterling's favorite places: The North Maine Woods (P.O. Box 425 Ashland, Maine, 04732), or to the Aroostook House of Comfort ( to which the family is deeply grateful for.
Published on January 30, 2019
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Mary McCarty & Otis May
Jan 31, 2019
Hello Ellen.
Sorry to hear about Sterling.
He was a good person.
I always enjoyed going to the barbershop where Dwight and I would banter and Sterling would stand back, smile and shake his head.
When I was new to Aroostook County, it was Sterling and Dwight that befriended me and took me on my ice fishing expedition.