Haim Goldberg

  • Died: February 5, 2017
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458

Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Haim Goldberg of Cambridge, Massachusetts passed away on February 5, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida, of complications associated with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. Goldberg was born in 1939 in Montreal, the devoted son of Eastern European immigrants, Abraham Goldberg and Gitel Cohen.
Growing up as a first generation Yiddish-speaking North American in Montreal, Mr. Goldberg was quickly recognized as an academic prodigy, achieving the highest score in Quebec on the standardized testing administered at that time. He attended McGill University on a full scholarship, earning an undergraduate degree in physics at age 19. Mr. Goldberg then received a Woodrow Wilson scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he completed his doctorate in physics at age 23.
Professor Goldberg had a highly successful career spanning more than 50 years at Northeastern University, where he focused his lecturing, research and international collaboration in the field of high-energy particle physics. His voluminous legacy of publications and his progeny of former graduate students continue to generate important discoveries.
Mr. Goldberg leaves behind his loving wife of over 50 years, Miriam of Cambridge; his son Joel and daughter-in-law Cybill of Newton; his daughter, Maya Ginns, and son-in-law Michael Ginns of Arlington; his beloved grandchildren, India-Rose, Boaz, Sebastian, Saul and Gray, and a broad network of other relatives, former colleagues and close friends.
A private graveside funeral was held at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. The family is planning a public memorial for the spring.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Haim will always be part of my life. Sometimes I imagine him nearby, see him in my mind's eye and miss him always.

Posted by Anna Ercoli Schnitzer - ANN ARBOR, MI - friend   January 30, 2019

Dear family Goldberg
I just found this site so i hope you understand the regrettable tardiness of this message. I always looked up to Chaim. His perpetual warmth, good humor and gentle demeanor were contagious. It was not merely his accomplishments which were outstanding, but the humility with which he bore them was what was most inspiring.
Since I spoke to Joel after i first read of Chaim's passing, I have taken the responsibility of saying Kaddish for him at least once a day.
"May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem" ( , HaMakom yenachem etchem betoch sha'ar aveylei Tziyon viYerushalayim).
Our most sincere condolences
Chaim, Beverley
Shimon, Joshua, Dov and Elisheva

Posted by Chaim Goldberg - Montreal, QC   October 09, 2017

Dear MIriam, While I'm glad to see that the playgroup network is still active I am very saddened by the news it brought just now. You loss of Haim, that lovely man who understood neutrinos. Along with Abby an Joelle I send my deepest sympathy to you, Joel, and Maya. May good memories crowd around to keep you company. All best wishes, Cynthia

Posted by Cynthia Lang - Tucson, AZ - Friend   May 28, 2017

Dear Miriam, I remember Haim, and you all so clearly. You were such a loving family. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Posted by Abigail Adams - Boylston, MA - Friend   May 26, 2017

Dear Miriam,
I cannot imagine the depth of your sadness. My heart goes out to you. We had just arrived on Cape when Bobby Lynch told us of Haim's passing. I recall with admiration, as Haim would devotedly wait for you on the beach to complete your morning swim, and his chats with us,asking about the well-being of our family. He was a rare individual, just as sweet as he was brilliant. Please know Gary and I are thinking of you and your beautiful family. May God hold you near and may you feel comforted at this difficult time.
With affection,
Your neighbor in Cape Cod,
Kim Belton

Posted by Kim Belton - Brookside, NJ   April 08, 2017

Sorry for the loss of your love one may the God of all comfort be with you and your family.

Posted by A friend   February 18, 2017

Dear Joel and family,
I'm very sorry to hear about your father passing away. My thoughts and prayers and go out to you and the family during this sad and difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Sonya Murphy - Beverly, MA   February 14, 2017

Dear Miriam, Joel and Maya, We were saddened to read about Haim's passing. We have fond memories of Haim and your family in St. Donat many years ago. We recall his good humour and unique chuckle, as well as the fun volleyball games held every Saturday and Sunday mornings. When he visited St Donat in the latter years, he talked so lovingly about his family. He will be sorely missed. Our sympathies to all.

Posted by Elinor & Sid Kaushansky - Montteal, QC   February 11, 2017

We were shocked and very sorry to hear of Haim's death.

Posted by Bill and Miriam Byers - Montreal   February 11, 2017

Miriam, Maya, Joel and family
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of dear Haim.
We will always remember our years together in St. Donat. Our wonderful conversations sitting on the porch sharing stories and catching up on what was going on in the family. We will remember him as a man of great warmth, humor,creativity,gentleness and and intellectual curiosity. He will truly be missed.
Carole and Michael

Posted by Carole Rubenstein Klein - Montreal, QC   February 10, 2017

Dear Miriam, Joel, Maya and family,
It was with shock and deep sadness that we learned of Haim's death this morning. We always enjoyed running into him in the neighborhood; in a few minutes, we would catch up on the events of our respective families. The last time, he was so looking forward to the time in Florida. We have wonderful memories going back to pre-school. Our hearts and love go out to you. Meta and Ken

Posted by Meta and Ken Scheublin - Cambridge, MA - Friend   February 10, 2017

It is difficult to express how we feel about Haim Goldberg. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend personally, he was also an outstanding professional in his field of physics and an individual of great integrity and substance. You who know him already know those things, I am sure, but we wanted you to know that we know them, as well, and we loved him and will always remember and think of him in those terms.

One tiny positive note for us, looking back, is that my husband Bert and I had the marvelous opportunity to spend a few very happy days with him and my sister Miriam just a few weeks ago in Sarasota FL, walking along the beautiful Siesta Beach, chatting at the dinner table in their lovely condo, strolling around Pelican Cove, eating fresh fish in a few kooky little places that we found in Sarasota, and just enjoying one another's company in a casual, friendly way.

We are thinking of him and thinking of the Goldberg family while in our sadness, we try to focus on all the happiness that he has brought to so many other people throughout the 70 plus years of his life.

He was a very special person and we will miss him very much.

Posted by Anna Ercoli Schnitzer - Ann Arbor, MI   February 10, 2017