Obituary – Anna Hellmann, Bloomsbury 1943-2011

Backdated from previous BA website

The Bloomsbury Association mourns the death of Anna Hellman who died on Monday 7 Feb at St JohnA?s Hospice in London. Anna was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009 but fought on bravely in her inimitable style right to the end. Anna will be sadly missed.

Anna lived in Bury Place, Bloomsbury and was a respected and active member of the Bloomsbury Association over many years, also active in the Bury Place Residents Association and other local organisations. She was a well-known and loved local character who did not hesitate to speak out and take action on matters of concern within our community and who was particularly respected for her compassion to those less able to take on the challenges that life throws at us.

Anna’s parents were both Jewish German/ Czech refugees. Her father was a journalist and she was brought up in Highgate (Northwood Hall) and later Muswell Hill.

In her professional life she was a qualified Councillor/ Therapist and Student Welfare Officer rising to Head of Student Services with the London Metropolitan University. She was always active in the Union at her workplaces, and this was important to her. She was regard in high esteem by those that came into contact with her.

She was also a passionate member of Jews for Justice.

One of the many reasons she loved living in Bloomsbury, apart from the sense of community, was its proximity to galleries, theatres and other cultural venues and she enjoyed meeting friends for a good old-fashioned banter in the local Museum Tavern.

A Scottish friend of Anna who had known her since 1962 said that one reason for their long friendship was Anna’s great interest in theatre, music, dance and the visual arts.  Even when very stretched by her professional life she always found time to see exhibitions, and the latest plays, or the international dance companies that came to Sadler’s Wells.
She was very knowledgeable about theatre in the UK and of European theatre, a knowledge inherited from her parents.  Visits to theatre, dance and exhibitions with Anna was always stimulating and enjoyable.

Anna is survived by her daughter Morag, son Iain, and grandson Henry with whom she was very proud, and to them we convey our deepest sympathy.

The funeral will take place at Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, off Finchley Road, Golders Green, North London, on Thursday 17th February, at 3pm.  The service will be held in the West Chapel.
(5 minutes walk north along Finchley Road from Golders Green underground station)

If you wish, spring flowers or a donation cheque to ‘Amnesty International’ can be sent to WG Miller, Funeral Directors, 93 Essex Road, London N1 2LJ (Tel: 020 7226 3886)


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