Helen R. Lyon

February 17, 1956 - September 25, 2018

Helen Roberta (Brockel) Lyon, 62, of Middlebury, New York, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York after suffering a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loving husband and son, listening to some of her favorite music. Helen was born on February, 17th, 1956, the daughter of the late Robert H. and Nellie (Cross) Brockel of Warsaw, New York.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Kenneth ?Kat? Lyon of Middlebury; along with her son, Thomas (Claire) Lyon of LeRoy, and many other loving family and friends.

In addition to managing several retail outlets during her lifetime, Helen?s talent and commitment to music was unparalleled. She attributed her early passion for music to her high school music teacher, the late E. John Christopher, of Wyoming, New York. Helen was a marching member of the TriTown Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1970s, where she played the Mellophone. Watching live drum corps rehearsals and performances became one of her favorite past-times. Helen was a highly-skilled pianist and a sought-after music critic, often judging talent contests both locally and nationally. Mrs. Lyon had the occasion to meet with many talented artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, David Byrne, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and many other music legends, including David Bowie, whose late biography mentions her by name. Helen leaves behind a long list of musical friends who have benefited from her abilities and education, and an even longer list of friends and family who have experienced her love, kindness, and guidance. She will truly be missed.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Highland Hospital for allowing Helen to pass peacefully and for their unquestionable dedication to her care and comfort over the last year.

A Celebration of Helen?s Life will be held at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw on Monday, October 8th at 7PM. Online condolences at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made either to the family, or to the Truth Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring tobacco-free lives.

Important Dates
September 27, 2018 : A celebration of the life of Helen R. Lyon - 10:50 AM

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Jul 12.19 from Thomas Lyon:

You taught me the meaning of unconditional love. Rest now, Momma…. Rest.

Jul 12.19 from Mary Lou Hamm:

I knew Helen from High School- my deepest sympathies to her husband and son - she was a very talented and compassionate person - I’m so Sorry for your loss

Jul 12.19 from Dolores Legg:

My prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss.

Jul 12.19 from Carol Cassady:

My dearest friend, my heart hurts to say goodbye. Will look for you when I get to the other side, until then….... just know I love you!

Jul 12.19 from Debi McGill:

My deepest sympathies Ken and Tom.  I am so sorry for your loss.

Jul 12.19 from Linda Masceri:

I will miss Helen very much.  My thoughts and prayers go out to my Brother and Nephew at this most difficult time.

Jul 12.19 from Sandy Hawks:

Ken and Tom I am very sorry for your loss. Helen your wife and mother was a very special person who had a great heart for people. I enjoy her music in scouting at Christmas time and still have the tape she made for Adam. Rest in peace dear woman love you

Jul 12.19 from Ralph Chapin:

A warm summer’s evening with friends and laughter, a celebration complete with fireworks and good song, sitting and discussing the day’s events while looking at the stars. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer at Canandaigua lake, the thrill of the music matched with the excitement from the audience, the smile on Helen’s face as she faced the stage and took in the sights and sounds. Watching Elephant Parts in Helen’s living room, laughing at Michael Nesmith’s crazy skits and one liners, just enjoying time with friends. These are the moments I remember about Helen, so brief, but so important to me, and so lasting, moments matter because it’s singular moments we remember the most. Helen was there for me as a young man while I was searching for my future, she was kind to me and never, not one time, ever passed judgement on me, I will never forget that kindness, and friendship, I am simply crushed today by the loss of my friend Helen. God Bless Helen and the Lyon Family, may you finally rest in peaceful sleep, you will be missed, the world is a little less bright today without your shinning face, and beautiful smile.