Helfried Paa

Helfried Paa

Thursday, January 11th, 1951 - Friday, March 8th, 2019
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Helfried Paa, 68, of Pisgah Forest, passed away peacefully at his home, on March 8, 2019, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Bunny Paa of Pisgah Forest; mother-in-law Betty Boers of Pisgah Forest; daughter Sandra Paa and her partner Joshua Moyer of Durham NC; daughter Ashley Paa Lance, her husband Nathan, and their daughters Juliana and Sadie of Rock Hill SC; sister Jutta Becker and her husband Gerhard Becker of Marburg, Germany.
Helfried was a loving man, who genuinely cared about each and every relationship he formed. He was a man who valued respect, above all else—being kind to others, honoring promises, and making daily commitments to “Give 110%”.
Born in Germany, Helfried moved to America at age 19. He began work in a toxicology lab outside of Chicago, where he met Bunny. A year later, they were married. In 1982, Helfried and Bunny took a trip around the world, visiting Hawaii, Australia, Singapore, Bahrain, and many countries in Europe and Great Britain. After returning to the states, they travelled the eastern seaboard. When they arrived in Brevard, they knew this was the place where they wanted to settle down and start a family.
Helfried began his landscaping business, Paa’s Inc., in 1985. Shortly thereafter, daughters Sandra and Ashley were born. The family resided in Brevard for about ten years. During this time, Helfried and Bunny found a nice lot in Pisgah Forest and built a home there. The girls were raised in this comforting forest locale and were taught those same values that Helfried and Bunny both found near and dear.
Cancer forced Helfried to retire at age 67. During his years with operations, radiation and chemotherapy, he enjoyed spending time in the comfort of his home. Often times he would walk to the pond to feed his koi fish, or sometimes he would be feeding the titmouse and chickadees from his hand, which was always fun to watch.
Helfried’s wish in later life was to be able to spend more time on his own property, improving it with natural pathways throughout.
Helfried should be remembered for always having a smile on his face, was very kind and thoughtful to others and always put his family first. He was a loving, wonderful and caring man. He touched many people in his life and loved to teach others about nature and horticulture.
A Celebration of his life, welcoming all family and friends, will be held at the Moody-Connolly Funeral Home Chapel in Brevard on Saturday, March 23, at 2PM. The family will receive friends at the conclusion of the service.
Online condolences may be left at
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 |
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
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    The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Love , Peg and Jim Morgan

Posted at 08:20pm
Bunny, we are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.Love,Peg and Jim Morgan
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Eddie Moyer

Posted at 03:36pm
Dear Bunny and all the Paa Family
Please know that Nancy and I hope you all find comfort in each other at this sad time.
We feel so blessed to have met Helfried and you Bunny as well as Betty this past fall. As so many references
made in the service about Helfrieds smile really are true. I remember witnessing him smiling as we watched him feed
the birds at the sliding door. He had such a warm and comforting way about him that made me feel warm happy and relaxed.
We will always cherish our weekend with your family.
Know that Nancy and I will keep your family in our thoughts.
Eddie and Nancy Moyer.

Sabrina Kensinger

Posted at 02:37pm
Dear Bunny and Family, Frank, Zack and I were so sorry to hear of Helfried's passing. Your family has always been wonderful to know and I know you all meant everything to him! His smile and kindness will be missed!! Much Love and hugs to you all!!

Christa, Christopher, Molly, Fritz, Maxine and Ada

Posted at 09:15am
We are sending our love and caring thoughts to you today and remembering our dear Helfried. With love,
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Posted at 06:48pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Love from your Arizona Families: Marlene , Sarah, Mike, Autumn, Michael, Joy, James, Jamison, & Jaice......
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