David Hellmann, a longtime supporter of St. Luke and The Epiphany Church, died June 15. He was 60.
Hellman attended Upper Moreland High School, where he graduated in 1966, and earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from Shippensburg University 1970.
Hellmann, who was openly gay, retired as a manager and special assistant to the chairman of DuPont several years ago, but his niece, Kristy Kronauge, said her uncle spent about 25 years there.
Outside of work, Hellmann was an active volunteer at St. Luke’s, serving as both a vestry and rector’s warden.
Hellmann also had a passion for animals and spent the last five years donating his time to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Kronauge said cats were always Hellmann’s favorite and, at the time of his death, he had welcomed two into his own home on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Kronauge said her uncle enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader and loved to entertain. She commended his dependability and said he approached any situation with care, love and foresight.
Hellmann was preceded in death by his father, Carl, and is survived by his mother, Anna of Philadelphia; brother C. Eric Hellmann and his wife Nancy of Freemont, Ohio; Kronauge of Dublin, Ohio; niece Karin Quinn of Abington; nephew Kurt Hellmann of Nunnelly, Tenn.; great-niece Kaitlin Quinn of Abington; and great-niece and -nephew Loren and Kole Hellmann of Nunnelly.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. July 4 at St. Luke’s, 330 S. 13th St., where Hellmann’s ashes will remain. Memorial contributions can be made in Hellmann’s name to the church.