veteran Robert S. Snyder

Robert S. Snyder 1932-2019

died peacefully at home November 3 after a courageous battle with kidney disease. Beloved husband of Bonnie Clendenning Snyder, cherished father of Nadine Nesbitt and David J Snyder and stepfather of Max Clendenning. He leaves his grandchildren Amber Stefaniak, Genevieve Heaps, Matthew Heaps, Alexandria Heaps and Autumn Pirie, his great niece Sophie McCardle and great nephew Jack McArdle.
Robert served with distinction as a mechanic in the Korean War and graduated from Boston University. After a long career in the packaging and paper machine industries Robert used his gifts as salesperson and entrepreneur to create Engineered Tooling Company which he ran for thirty years as President and CEO. Above all, he was a constant friend, mentor and partner to his extended family and friends.
Services at the Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA on Wednesday November 6 at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street. Afterwards family and friends are invited to gather at his late residence.
A public Shiva will be held on Sunday November 10, at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, 35 Morseland Avenue, Newton Centre from 5-7:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society or a charity of your choice.

Roger A. Litman

Roger A. Litman of Needham and Falmouth, Massachusetts, 83, passed away on November 1, 2019 after a long struggle with dementia. Devoted husband of Beverly (Weinstein) Litman for 61 years. Beloved father of Peter Justin Litman and his wife Ann Harada of NYC, and Jill Litman Weiner and her husband Peter Weiner of Needham. Adoring Zayde or as he was affectionately known “Z” to Cole Maxwell Weiner, Dana Mackenzie Weiner and Elvis Harada Litman. Son of the late Max and Tillie (Rome) Litman. Brother of Dr. Michael Litman of Revere and Lynda Litman Saltz and her husband Dr. Stephen Saltz of Boca Raton, Florida. He also leaves Stephen and Lelia Weinstein and Ricky and Janice Weinstein, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Graduate of Northfield Mount Herman School, WPI with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS from Northeastern University in Engineering Management. He worked as an engineer for firms in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Neuvo Laredo, Mexico. Upon the death of his father, he took over the management of North Shore Fuel, Inc., at 100 VFW Parkway, Revere (the site where his grandfather, Jacob Litman, founded North Shore Ice and Coal in the 1920’s) and ran the company for 45 years expanding from oil into HVAC Contracting. Services will be held at Temple Aliyah, 1664 Central Ave., Needham, where he was a founding member and past president, at noon on Monday, November 4, followed by interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will follow at his residence Monday until 8pm, Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9pm and Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9pm. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Aliyah in Needham or Alzheimer’s Association.

Irene E. Titlebaum

Titlebaum, Irene E., of Randolph, MA since 1956, passed away on October 31, 2019. Beloved wife for 68 years of the late Martin M. Titlebaum. Devoted mother of the late Lesley M. Berkovitz and her husband Stanley of FL, and Kenneth H. Titlebaum of Needham, MA. Proud grandmother of Jamie (Berkovitz) Pace of Los Angeles, CA, Alyssa Berkovitz of Brighton, MA, Stephanie Titlebaum of Boston, MA, and Abigail Titlebaum of Boston, MA. Loving sister of the late Charlotte Levy of Milton, MA. Services at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 10 am. Following interment at Zviller Cemetery, memorial observance will be at Irene’s late residence on Monday November 4th, until 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to a cancer foundation of your choice.

Cynthia Simon

Cynthia (Sroelov) Simon age 91 of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Newton, MA passed away in her home on October 31, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Simon. Devoted mother of Gary Simon of Sarasota, FL and Stephen Simon and his wife Frances Kuebler of Arlington, MA. Loving grandmother of Abigail and Amelia Simon. She is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She held many jobs but was most proud of her work in customer service for the Internal Revenue Service. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a great listener and good friend to all who knew her.

Graveside service at Baker Street Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 1PM.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Alvin Goldfield


Alvin Goldfield, 89, of Lexington, MA, formerly Fairfield and Bridgeport, CT passed away peacefully on October 30, 2019. Beloved husband of Sarann (Klavir) Goldfield. Devoted father of Daniel Goldfield and Nancy Tauber and father-in-law of Tony Tauber. Cherished grandfather of Isaac and Jonah Tauber. Loving sibling of the late Elaine Bregman, Muriel Lessler, and brother-in-law Stephen Lessler. Brother-in-law of Herb Bregman. Caring son of the late Louis and Anna Goldfield. Alvin showed his deep love and devotion for his family and community throughout his life and his presence will be missed.

Alvin was a nostalgic man who loved to schmooze. He spoke fondly about time spent during his youth with family at Snow’s Farm in Easton, CT. He shared moving and humorous stories about his service in the Navy as an assistant to Newport RI Naval Base Chaplain.

Alvin grew up in a happy home, graduated from Bassick High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bridgeport University in Connecticut.

His professional life included successes in the retail, real estate and automobile industries. He served his community with passion in many ways, most notably as President of the Jewish Family Service in CT where he spearheaded an affordable housing development for older adults in Bridgeport.

His favorite composer was Gustav Mahler, and he shared his love of music with his wife as active members of the South Shore Music Group in Westport, CT.

Alvin loved to drive and meet new people so, along with his wife, traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. He was happy behind the wheel while his wife pointed the way to their next adventure.

And nothing gave him more pleasure than his children and grandchildren.

Services will be held graveside at Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 3. Shiva will be held at 137 Chestnut Street, Cambridge, MA from 4pm to 8pm on Sunday and Monday, November 3 & 4. A service celebrating Alvin’s life will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA at 2:00pm on Friday, November 29 (parking on the Riverway).Donations may be made to Temple Israel of Boston or to the charity of your choice.



Martin Silverman

Martin Silverman- of Hull,October 28, 2019. At Martin’s request, there will be no services. So go out and enjoy the day!

Helen (Canner) Levine

Helen (Canner) Levine of Stoughton, on October 30, 2019. Beloved wife of late Melvin Levine. Devoted mother of Steven & Hilda Levine of Newton, Paul & Raisa Levine of Stoughton and David Levine of Tampa, Florida. Cherished grandmother of Marc & Meri Levine, Jaime & Daniel Regan, Joshua & Sara Levine, Rachel Levine, Jenna & Mathew Captline and Daniel Levine. Loving great-grandmother of Gabriel, Emma, Alexis, Casey, Claire and Benjamin. Beloved sister of the late E. Louis Canner, Maurice Canner, Marjorie Rohtstein and Bernard Canner. Services at the S. Philip Gopen Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM with interment immediately following at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance at her late residence immediately following burial until 6:00PM. Shiva will continue on Saturday from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


Mildred Goodman


Mildred R. Goodman- on October 29, 2019, age 96, of Wellesley, beloved wife of the late Russell.  Loving mother of Lynne and her husband Bob Gaynor and the late David and his surviving wife Barbara Goodman. David passed away suddenly on February 6 this year, only 5 days after his mothers 96th birthday party. Adored Grammy of Emily and Rachel Goodman, Sam Gaynor and Danny Gaynor and his fiancee Cara Perellis.  Also survived by sister-in-law Marilyn Brown, step-grandchildren Brian and Sam Batt, 3 nieces and a nephew.  Daughter of the late Bessie and Max Rosenberg, sister of the late Malcolm Rosenberg (Laurelle). A special thanks to Mildred’s devoted caregivers, Evette and Carolyn Williams. Mildred loved toasted corn muffins, all things Estee Lauder, a crisp pressed blouse, a good foxtrot, cruises, men in blue blazers and family time.

Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon (please assemble at the rear of the administration building),on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:45 am.  Following the service memorial observance will be at the home of Lynne & Bob Gaynor until 7:00 pm. Donations in Mildred’s memory to  Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA  02459.


Claire Y. Tsiang

Tsiang, Claire Y., of Newton, October 27, 2019. Beloved wife of Donald C., loving mother of Tina Harding and her husband Scott of Milford, Ted and Todd, both of Newton.

Claire grew up in Brookline with her siblings, Charlie Yip, Madeleine Wong, Ruby Louie and James Yip. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 2:30-4:30 pm at the  Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St., Newton, MA.



Barry H. Friedman

Barry H. Friedman (82) – Peabody, MA; formerly Westwood, MA

Everyone loved Barry.  Friends of over 70 years or a sausage vendor at Fenway he just met.  Across the globe: colleagues in Japan and Korea and Holland, Rotarians in the UK, hotel managers in Bali, a tailor in Hong Kong – each shared stories, jokes and the best local restaurants.  He was an entrepreneur, an engineer, a salesman – a founder of Copley Controls. Decades of service with Rotary International and, more recently, Founder and President of Gift of Life New England – which saved dozens of children with life-saving heart surgery.

Barry was born and grew up in Brookline, MA.  He attended Brookline High, UMass Amherst, and received two Masters degrees from Northeastern.  He lived most of his life (over 50 years) in Westwood, MA. Winning town tennis tournaments and the head of the committee building the town’s new cemetery.  He was an active member of Temple Beth David and enjoyed regular Sunday breakfasts at Ann’s Diner. Barry traveled the world (all 7 continents and over 50 countries), but always found a way to enjoy the Patriots and Red Sox games in real-time – regardless of the time-zone.

By far his greatest love and pride was his family.  Loving and devoted husband of 54 years to Barbara (of Peabody, MA, formerly Westwood, MA and Montgomery, AL)  Father to Paul (Hillsborough, CA) and Jeffrey (North Reading, MA.) Adoring grandfather to Jonathan, Ben and Eliza.  Brother to Linda and Rachel.

Services in the chapel at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Following interment shiva will be at the home of Jeffrey Friedman until 7 pm, and Wednesday 2-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry’s memory may be made to Dana Farber, P.O. Box 829168, Boston, MA 02284.

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