Funeral service at Benvoulin Church for former Cap News photographer

Former Capital News photographer Ray Helgeson has died in Kelowna at the age of 70.

Former Capital News photographer Ray Helgeson has died in Kelowna at the age of 70.

Helgeson worked for the paper from the mid- 1980s to about 1993.

He and his wife Fran were caretakers for the Benvoulin Church heritage site and lived in McIver House for 22 years, from 1987 to 2009.

Although he wasn’t at the newspaper after it switched to digital photography, he made the switch personally in his later years and enjoyed travelling around the province in his camper, photographing wild places.

He is survived by his wife Frances, son Erik and daughter Karyn, stepsons Don and Thom; eight grandchildren between the ages of 18 and less than a year; and numerous siblings and cousins.

A memorial service was held at Benvoulin Church at noon today.