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NORTH ADAMS Helen (Cohen) Aitken of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Williamstown, Massachusetts, passed away March 28, 2016. Born in North Adams, Massachusetts, Helen found her professional niche early in life. She began her long career in the restaurant and catering industry at Le Country Restaurant. From there, she worked at the Mill on the Floss, where she became dining room manager. Helen then continued her career at Williams College. She began as manager of the college's Faculty Club and later promoted to Associate Director of Dining Services. In 2002, she left Williams in order to fulfill her long-time dream of having her own restaurant. She opened Helen's Place, a popular and successful eatery and catering company located on Spring St. in Williamstown. She operated Helen's Place until her retirement in 2010. In addition to her dedication to her children and her many career successes, Helen was a non-traditional student; she earned her Bachelor's degree from Southern Vermont College in 1995. She was also dedicated to helping the community at large by volunteering for a variety organizations, including Hospice of Northern Berkshire; Habitat for Humanity; Santa Fund; and Williamstown Visiting Nurses Association. She is survived by her 4 children: James Aitken, Rebecca Lough, Stephen Aitken, Sarah Aitken; 3 grandchildren: Trevor Lough, Grant Aitken, and Quinn Aitken; and 2 brothers: Donald Cohen and Jason Cohen. Private burial will take place in Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery in Clarksburg, MA. There are no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held later this spring. The Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, Ma. is in charge of arrangements. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 30, 2016
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