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Stories about the Hart Family: Helen Hart

Helen Hart, 1924-2001


Helen Hart Photo Gallery

Helen Hart's death sparks diabetes donations

By SHANNON FELLOWS -- Calgary Sun
 Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association have poured in from Calgarians paying tribute to wrestling matriarch Helen Hart.
  Hart died Nov. 4 from complications due to diabetes at the age of 76.
  After hearing of her death, many Calgarians have sent in donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association in her memory.
  • Nov. 11: Full story

    Mrs. Hart definitely class act

    By DON 'Cyrus' CALLIS -- For SLAM! Wrestling
     Helen Hart, the matriarch of the Hart wrestling family recently passed away after a long stay in hospital. She is survived by her husband, the legendary Stu Hart and many children and grandchildren. Joe Aiello and I had acknowledged it on our the NHB Radio show, but after reading Bret Hart's Calgary Sun column this week, I found myself remembering Mrs. Hart once more.
      I first met Mrs. Hart on a trip I did to Germany in 1994. We were there for a month and Stu and Helen had been brought over on the trip along with several of the Hart brothers to make appearances. It was also my first time meeting Stu, and I spent a lot of great time at our morning breakfasts listening to Stu's stories, in awe of the legend before me.
  • Nov. 11: Full story

    Queen of Harts unforgettable

    New York girl a timeless lady blessed with grace and class

    By RICK BELL -- Calgary Sun
     Somehow it is most appropriate. Appropriate the card given out at Helen Hart's funeral features Helen in classic black and white, striking a pose reminiscent of the bygone stars of the silver screen, looking more than a little like the glamourous and gorgeous Rita Hayworth.
      I never knew Helen's real age.
      Any time I spoke with Helen she would laugh and tell me she was 38.
  • Nov. 10: Full story

    Family bids adieu to Hart matriarch

    By MELISSA RIDGEN -- Calgary Sun
     The strength, spirit and the heart of the Harts was bid farewell yesterday by Calgary's first family of wrestling and close friends of Helen Hart.
      Foster's Garden Chapel on 4 St. N.W. was filled with those whose lives were touched by the matriarch during her 77 years -- including Premier Ralph Klein, former Stampede Wrestling broadcaster Ed Whalen and former mayor Al Duerr -- who gave tributes to the woman they described as a close friend who made up a large piece of the fabric that is Calgary.
  • Nov. 10: Full story

    Helen Hart: A friend's recollection

    By BOB LEONARD -- For SLAM! Wrestling
     On the evening of December 15, 1995 I stood beside Helen Hart in a place where she had virtually never been: inside the ropes of the Stampede Wrestling ring. We listened together as more than 5,000 Calgarians rocked the storied Stampede Corral with waves of cheers. And we watched from just a few feet away as a rich sampling of Stampede's greater and lesser lights from years past -- Dory and Terry Funk, Leo Burke, Moose Morowski, Angelo Mosca, Gil Hayes, Tor Kamata, Brian Pillman, John Helton, Dan Kroffat and more -- streamed into the ring to add their best wishes to Stu Hart at the huge wrestling event that officially marked his eightieth birthday on that night.
  • Nov. 6: Full story

    'Queen of Harts' honoured by many

    By MICHAEL WOOD -- Calgary Sun
     Members of the World Wrestling Federation yesterday offered words of tribute to legendary grappling matriarch Helen Hart.
      "She was a great lady, and I will miss her," WWF CEO Linda McMahon told the Sun before last night's RAW matchup between The Rock and Chris Jericho, held in Helen's hometown of New York.
  • Nov. 6: Full story

    Matriarch passes on

    By MICHAEL WOOD -- Calgary Sun
     Tributes are pouring in for Helen Hart, the proud matriarch of Calgary's legendary clan of Hart wrestlers, who died early yesterday at Foothills Hospital. She was 76.
     Helen's longtime love and husband Stu, 86, was joined by family members at her bedside to bid the clan's binding force farewell after nearly five weeks of poor health due to diabetes complications. Helen's respirator was turned off just after 3 a.m.
  • Nov. 5: Full story

    Helen Hart passes away

     Early Sunday morning, Helen Hart died in Foothills Hospital in Calgary from complications following a stroke. She was 76.
     Hart first entered the hospital back on September 29th, feeling groggy and experienced trouble speaking. She went in and out of a coma, and the family had been prepared for the worst since early October.
  • Nov. 4: Full story
  • Helen Hart photo gallery

    Canada's wrestling matriarch near death

     CALGARY (CP) -- Helen Hart, matriarch of Canada's famous wrestling family, was near death Monday after suffering her second seizure in the last month.
     "It's minute by minute," said Ellie Neidhart, the eldest daughter of the sprawling Hart family.
  • Oct. 15: Full story

    Helen Hart takes turn for worse

    By MICHELLE MARK -- Calgary Sun
     The queen mother of Calgary wrestling is facing another match in the fight for her life.
      Helen Hart, 76, was hospitalized more than two weeks ago when she went into what doctors believe to be a diabetic coma.
  • Oct. 15: Full story

    Helen Hart on the mend

    By NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun
     Helen Hart opened her eyes yesterday to a whole lot of smiles from her family.
     The 76-year-old matriarch of Calgary's royal wrestling family was hospitalized last Friday when she went into what doctors believe to be a diabetic coma until yesterday.
     "It's a happy occasion. She opened her eyes and is responding to family, squeezing your hand," son Keith Hart said.
  • Oct. 5: Full story

    Mother's health, book on Diana Hart-Smith's mind

    By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
     The world is certainly spinning around for Diana Hart-Smith at the moment.
     Her mother, Helen, is unconscious in a Calgary hospital and the wrestling world prays along with Hart clan for her recovery.
     Also weighing on her mind is the release of her autobiography, "Under The Mat", from Fenn Publishing which is scheduled to be released on October 15th, followed by numerous interviews and media appearances.
  • Oct. 4: Full story

    Helen Hart 'progressing slowly'

    By PETER SMITH -- Calgary Sun
     Members of Calgary's wrestling Hart family are optimistic matriarch Helen Hart's coma may be lightening, but they say she is in God's hands.
      Following a near-death health scare, Helen remains in the intensive care unit of Foothills Hospital, where last night her son Keith Hart said she was still in a coma.
  • Oct. 3: Full story

    Helen Hart still in coma

     Relatives of Calgary wrestling matriarch Helen Hart are looking to each other for strength as she continues to fight the battle of her life.
      The 76-year-old wife of grappling pioneer Stu Hart remains in critical condition in Foothills Hospital after she suffered a seizure and momentarily stopped breathing Friday. The mysterious health scare has doctors baffled.
  • Oct. 2: Full story

    Hart's condition improves

    By TONY SESKUS -- Calgary Sun
     Helen Hart, matriarch of Calgary's legendary wrestling family, is fighting back following a near-death health scare.
     The 76-year-old wife of wrestling pioneer Stu Hart remains in critical condition after being rushed to Foothills emergency on Friday after she began feeling groggy and experienced trouble speaking.
     Family fears worsened after she suffered a seizure and momentarily stopped breathing.
  • Sep. 30: Full story

    Helen Hart in coma

    By NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun
     Six months after anxiously awaiting husband Stu's recovery from heart problems, Helen Hart's family is now keeping vigil at her Foothills Hospital bedside.
     The 76-year-old matriarch of the legendary Hart family of wrestlers was rushed to Foothills yesterday.
  • Sep. 29: Full story

    Helen Hart: Backbone of the family

    By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
     Helen and Stu Hart have been married for over 53 years, having met in New York City, where Helen grew up and where Stu was wrestling. Helen Smith was the daughter of Harry J. Smith, a medal contender for the mile in the 1912 Olympics.
     After getting married in a blizzard New Year's Eve 1947, Stu and 'Tigerbell' had twelve children together, and all of them were involved in the wrestling business at some point, whether selling programs at the shows, refereeing, carrying luggage, or in the case of all four girls -- marrying wrestlers.
  • Sep. 29: Full story

    Helen Hart Photo Gallery

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