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 23, 2009
    The Whartons says:
    “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Our deepest sympathies to all that knew and loved Mike. We're so grateful for the chance to know Mike. He brought much joy and laughter to his many friends up North. When Mike entered a room, he would light it u with his energy and enthusiasm. Sue and Paul

  • May 19, 2009
    Kay King says:
    Bah, You have slipped away before you should have. No more big smiles or booming laughter. Always dogs and turtles and whales and seahorses and sailing and water and swimming and tubing and the beach and Mexico where you learned to eat and enjoy crabs so much. So many things shared with so many people. And caring so much about so many things and people. But always the kids --mine and yours. But you always loved and cherished your Helwig's Horde --Meredeth and Nick. I remember talking with you about how it would be to walk Meredeth down the aisle, and how much you were looking forward to doing that. You left some things unfinished, so perhaps you'll look in on us all from time to time. We all know (especially Mer and Nick)how much you loved us and cared about us. Know that we will miss you, but we will think of you with smiles on our faces and in our hearts. And so I say to you what you signed off with for years-ENJOY Kay

  • April 24, 2009
    Charles & Libby Clough says:
    Meredith and Nicholas, we are saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was one of the nicest people we have ever met and we enjoyed having him for our neighbor. Always with a smile and friendly greeting. Our prayers are with you.

  • April 30, 2009
    Frankie Kilcullen says:
    I will always remember Mike from when we were all young at the same time - spent most of that time eating crabs at the "all you can eat" crab feasts (wherever they might be). He was the environmental guy way before anyone else knew of such concerns. With with many fond memories and thoughts for Meredith, Nicholas and my friend Laura.

  • April 25, 2009
    Janet Qualters says:
    Dear Laura and family, Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the death of Mike. You and your family are in my prayers.