William Goldsborough Helfrich III, who helped with the operation and management of a handful of downtown restaurants, died June 21 in La Jolla, Calif., after suffering multiple organ failure. He was 38.
Born in Arlington Heights, Ill., Mr. Helfrich — known as Will to friends and family — lived in Kansas City before moving to Baltimore with his family in 1983 and settling in Roland Park. He attended Gilman School from second grade until graduating with the Class of 1994. While at Gilman, he earned two varsity letters in football, playing tight end, and two more as the baseball team's third baseman.
Mr. Helfrich initially enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder, but he transferred after two years. His father, William Helfrich Jr., remembers his son telling the family, "I would get in the car and head to the library, but somehow I'd end up on the ski slopes, so I knew I had to make a change if I wanted to finish college in four years."
Mr. Helfrich continued his studies at Florida Atlantic University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in communications.
Returning to Baltimore, Mr. Helfrich spent 15 years working on the operations and management side of several downtown restaurants, including McCormick & Schmick's, Capitol City Brewing Company and the Pratt Street Ale House.
In addition to skiing, Mr. Helfrich was an avid golfer. Mr, Helfrich moved to California to enroll in the Golf Academy of America, his father said, to study golf course management and golf instruction.
His son always displayed a passion for sports, his father said, and was a dedicated Orioles and Ravens fan.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. July 11 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.
Mr. Helfrich is survived by his mother and father, William and Frances Helfrich of Roland Park, as well as his sister, Marny Helfrich of Baltimore. Mr. Helfrich is also survived by his partner, Megan Ihnen, who moved with him to California in May.