Thomas J. Helbig

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Thomas J. Helbig 2/1/1967 – 8/27/2023

Thomas J. Helbig was born in New York City on February 1, 1967 and passed away in Smithtown,NY on August 27, 2023
He is preceded in death by his father George Helbig, Sr. & his brother George Helbig, Jr.
He is survived by his mother Mary Lou Helbig, Sister Barbara Kassay and brother Michael Helbig,
brother in law Jasper Kassay, Jr., sister in law Denise Helbig, Four Nephews Jasper III (Melyssa), Timothy,
Brian & George IV. Two nieces Genelle (Jason) Balough, & Kara (Aaron) Brown. Three great nephews, Jasper IV,
Grady Kassay, & Jack Balough, one great niece Ava Balough. Also survived by many other loving relatives and dear friends.


Visitation: September 7, 2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Commack
2115 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725

Visitation: September 7, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Commack
2115 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725

Mass: September 8, 2023 10:30 am

St. Joseph RCC Kings Park
59 Church Street

Interment: September 8, 2023 12:00 pm

Pinelawn Memorial Park
2030 Wellwood Avenue

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Memories Timeline


  1. Tommy, you were the most beautiful person I ever had the pleasure of knowing. You are and will always be the most talented and sweetest individual I ever met. Will miss our talks, mutual love for music and most of all, your positive and loving nature. I will think of you every time I go to a concert. I cherish our memories for always ♥️

  2. Tommy, God Bless you, Thanks for all the memories. God needed another guitar player in the band in heaven. So he chose the best. Until we meet again.

  3. You have so much love to take with you, Hellbenten. Now and forever, the beautiful music you’ve made will echo in our hearts, my dear friend. We will live for you. Love and light, Michellen. xox

  4. Never to be forgotten, Tommy.
    Your passion and talent for music was truly inspiring.
    May you Rest In Peace with your guitar by your your music will be extra special in heaven.

  5. Tommasina… I can’t sum up the words for our 30 years of friendship.. I have been trying to think of the right thing to say and post.. I just can’t, I am heartbroken.. as are so many of the innumerable lives you have touched..ESPECIALLY the many CHILDREN you have introduced to the guitar and drums in the past 10 or so years..
    You have left quite a legacy in your wake..
    NEVER to be forgotten .. I love you, my dear friend, and I hope you are resting in peace, love, happiness and rock ‘n’ roll in Heaven..
    Always in our hearts, Laura and Nicky ♥️

  6. Tommy, Thank you for your friendship through the years. We have a lot of wonderful memories together that I will hold close to my heart. I will never forget the Sweet Sixteens, our ski trip and your calls to me so I can hear you play guitar! You will always be my Cubby Bear. Rest in peace my friend…until we meet again. XO

  7. Tommy,
    Thank you for being my friend for so many years…,we grew up together but never let our friendship go… you were always there to listen… RIP Brother… you are loved and missed.. Jerry

  8. I’m still in shock 😢 I’m glad I got to to know you
    You were an amazing musician and a great person we hung out many times after shows
    You had such an amazing heart and soul ♥️
    You will be dearly missed 💔
    Til we meet again keep on Rockin 🎼🎤🎸

  9. candleTommy I will never forget your smile..what a kind and gentle soul you were..and your immeasurable talent and gift of loving people..taken way too soon .Rest in eternal peace my friend..

  10. Thank you for your friendship for so many years and for all of the fun times, music, and memories I’ll never forget. You are so very loved. Rest in eternal peace in heaven, my friend.

  11. So sad. Still can’t wrap my head around the fact that you are gone. You will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.

  12. candleTommy – I miss you Man. Thanks for sharing part of your life with me and my family. You were always there and I could count on you for anything. Thanks for teaching. Thanks for your Spirituality. Thanks for being real – no BS. You were one-of-a-kind. You were Loved. You are still Loved. You wore the Light of Christ for all to see. Enjoy your reward. Help us get there!

  13. I’m mad I hadn’t seen you in too long. Loved your hugs and laugh. The world lost a truly great guy and my heart is just breaking. Rest in peace Tommy ❤️💔❤️

  14. TH,

    I’m still in shock and disbelief. I didn’t get to see you all that often, but when I did it never felt like there was a lapse in time.

    Your upbeat and infusing personality touched everyone with such ease.

    You’re free now to be who you always were down here, but with no limitations and on the grandest scale of all.

    I’ll miss you much my friend. Watch over us, keep us safe and Rock on until we meet again. 💔🕊️🙏🕯️🎵🎶🎸

  15. The overwhelming loving memories and kind words on you pages says it all. You truly left your mark on all who knew you and those who didn’t but saw you play a show or met you in a brief passing. Your memory will always live on. Love 💕 you my friend

  16. You will be missed by so many. Always a smile and brought so much joy to see you play at Nappers. Rest in Peace Tommy.

  17. Tommy, you were there at the beginning, we jammed with friends and my music journey began. A true lover of all things music and such a sweet guy. Rest easy. 🤘🏻❤️🙏🏻

  18. Heaven has gained what we have lost.
    Your laughter, music, love and light will live on in the hearts of those who love you.
    Rock In Paradise Tommy. 🙏

  19. I just saw you a few months ago, doing what you loved, listening to music. I will remember your kind, warm way, sharing dieting tips, laughs, and great conversations. Although I’m so glad I got to really know you, it makes this so incredibly sad. RIP 🙏🏻

  20. candleWhere to start? Still in shock!
    Couple quick memories. Years ago in your livingroom cranking up Hardline and having a great time. But I think one of my most favorite moments was at a wedding when you and I sat there getting in our debate on who is better. You were all about John Sykes and I kept ramming George Lynch down your throat. LOL. You were getting so heated over it.
    You will be deeply missed by all. You my friend will always stand out, because you were a one of a kind.
    See you in the next world

  21. You left us unexpectedly so many of us loved you & will miss you forever May your journey be beautiful

  22. We may have only met a handful of times but chatted a lot on Facebook. Regardless , you left a big impact on me as well as countless others. Rest easy Tommy. 🙏😔🙏

  23. Just thinking music was your first love. Glad we chatted about a month ago. You will be missed. Your cousin Maureen and family.

  24. Thank you for always taking my Tom Petty requests. You came along way from the halls of Smithtown West walking around in your brown leather vest, signature Tommy. Guitars up rest in peace.

  25. People sometimes wonder if they will be missed or thought of after they are gone. Clearly you made many many special friendships and special memories with so many people. With that great smile , your big heart and your music you made an everlasting impression on the world. I met you when you were five years old and only saw you once or twice in recent years but my heart is so sad that you are gone. Now your brightness will shine in heaven. Rest in Peace Tommy Helbig.

  26. candleAs the song goes…let your shine on. You and the music you made gave us smiles and joy that will be remembered.

  27. Rest in glorious peace Tommy. I already miss your singing and you laughing. Almighty God must need you.more than we do. Much love and memories always. Keep smiling and singing and rocking. You will not be forgotten . Go catch up with my Mike . Love you 🥰 🙏🏻💔💔💔💔. You weee a rockstar ⭐️⭐️⭐️🎈

  28. Rest peacefully dear Tommy ♥️ 🕊️ ♥️
    Kevin adored you !!!! &. Jeff my brother ~ in ~law. Cherished your friendship…. left us way too soon 😔

  29. Rest peacefully dear Tommy ♥️ 🕊️ ♥️
    Kevin adored you !!!! &. Jeff my brother ~ in ~law. Cherished your friendship…. You left us way too soon 😔

  30. candleA beautiful soul, a kind heart, a patient and skilled hand, a friend to many, and a talent Gone Too Soon. Rest peacefully Tommy knowing how many people you have affected in your lifetime with your music and your teachings. With much love and sadness, Lisa “D”

  31. candleJust found out today. You taught both our children to love the guitar and become little shredders. Your spirit and enthusiasm was always a blessing to our family. You will be missed till we meet in heaven shredding for Jesus.

  32. candleI am heartbroken to have just gotten the news about Tommy’s passing. What a kind-hearted, beautiful soul.

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