The Cadets mourn the loss of family member Dorothy Helms

Services set for Wednesday and Thursday in New York

The Cadets family is saddened with the loss of Dorothy Marie Helms, 81, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who passed away Sunday, May 1. Dorothy, wife of the late James Helms, was the mother of Garfield Cadets Alumnus David Helms of Wallington, N.J.


Dorothy was an active member of the American Legion Post #90 Ladies Auxiliary in Mamaroneck, an avid fan of drum and bugle corps and had a love for photography. 

Dorothy became an avid fan of The Garfield Cadets in the late 1970s when David, her only son, was a member from 1979 to 1982. Dave was also on staff from 1983 through 1993 and helped manage the Cadets Stagecoach Company from 1994–2004. Dave is also a frequent volunteer to The Cadets and Youth Education in the Arts organization.

Dorothy was known for her always-open door to drum corps kids. She clipped every newspaper article, kept countless photo albums, bought every souvenir T-shirt and button, and made yearly donations for nearly 25 years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to her most beloved nonprofit organization, The Cadets Drum Corps. CLICK HERE. Donations can also be sent to the American Legion Post #90, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 90, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 10543.

Services have been set for Wednesday, May 4 from 2–4 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. at the Coxe and Gaziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, N.Y. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 at at Beechwood Cemetery in New Rochelle, N.Y.


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