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Monday June 12, 2017

Freedhoff (nee Goodman), Helen (Henchy)
Passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 10, at the cottage she loved in Muskoka at the age of 77. She was predeceased by her parents Sholom and Ethel Goodman (Kohl). She will be dearly missed by her husband Stephen of 57 years, her daughter Michal (Michael Van Leeuwen), her son Yoni (Stacey Segal), her brother David Goodman, her grandchildren, Zahava, Rena, Talia, Sammy, Leah, Vivienne and Yael who adored their Omi, and many nieces and nephews. Sister-in-law of Judith and Aubrey Golden, Sylvia Goodman (late brother Irving), and Doba Goodman. Helen was born in Toronto and excelled in the sciences, having graduated from the University of Toronto with the highest marks and was awarded the Governor General's Gold medal. She went on to obtain a Ph.D in physics and was appointed an assistant professor at York University in 1967. At the time of her appointment, she believed she may have been the only woman in Canada teaching at the university level in her field. She took a keen interest in her students and was responsible for many of them under her guidance continuing their careers in science. She was soft spoken, a voracious reader, had taken up piano again upon retirement, an expert ken-ken solver, weekly yoga and maintained a meticulous household. Funeral service at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel on Monday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m. Shiva at 38 Alexandra Wood. Donations in memory can be made to Associated Hebrew Schools, Ethel and Sholom Goodman Fund.

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