F.G. “Mike” Helwig

January 12, 1947 - April 18, 2009
F.G. “Mike” Helwig


Frederick George (Mike) Helwig, 62, of N. Topsail Beach died Saturday April 18, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.

Mike was born in Allentown PA. on January 12, 1947. He was the son of the late Dr. Frederick G. and Elizabeth R. Klotz Helwig. He was predeceased by his brother Peter Helwig.

Surviving are a daughter Meredith Helwig of Fletcher, NC; a son Nicholas Helwig of Raleigh, NC; former wife Laura Helwig of Washington, DC., and extended family members.

He retired to Topsail Island after more than 20 years with the Metropolitan Police Department as a Detective in Washington, DC.

Mike was actively involved with The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Sea Turtle Hospital, P.O Box 3012, Topsail Beach, NC 28445.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a time and location to be announced.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. (910)-791-9099


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  • April 21, 2009
    Christi Winsor says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have such fond memories of our families spending time together, and much love going out to you now.

  • April 23, 2009
    Phil Michaels says:
    I first met Mike in the early 1980's, he helped me out at a complicated scene, when I was a rookie sergeant in the Fourth District. What I remember most about Mike on that particular day and since that he always had command presence, and a rare and quick sense of humor under tense situations. He did not mind sharing his expertise with others, and did a fantastic job with training. He always took the time to explain things and make you feel as you were part of the team. Mike was always a true professional and a good friend over the years. I will miss fishing with him on the beaches of North Carolina and sharing war stories about our pasts. Mike was a true brother and he will be missed. My sincere condolences to the Helwig family, particularly Nick and Meredith. Rest in peace Mike.

  • April 23, 2009
    Marge Palmisano says:
    I would like to express my my sorrow to his family and friends. I was a teller at the Police Federal Credit Union in Washington, DC. Through the many years of working there, Mike was always pleasant and funny. He is remembered fondly. He will now be remembered in my daily prayers.

  • April 22, 2009
    Jim Eisenhauer says:
    From my family to yours: We share your great sense of loss. Mike was more than a friend to me and I will miss him greatly. He was a great detective and a wonderful person. The worls is a lesser place. We will keep him in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his family forever.

  • April 23, 2009
    Brandy says:
    Meredith, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you, Brandy and George