Robert W. Helfrich
Pyne Keohane Funeral Home - Hingham
21 Emerald Street
Hingham, MA
Robert William Helfrich of Hingham, passed away on January 21, 2014 at Harbor House in Hingham at the age of 83. He was born in East Liverpool, OH to Russell and Elva Helfrich and spent his earlier years there. Mr. Helfrich was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Vice President for Student Development at Eastern Nazarene College and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Curry College, Gordon College and Quincy College. He retired from Eastern Nazarene College in 1982 and entered private practice in psychology until 1995. In 1995 he became a program director for the Quincy Health Department where he served until fully retiring in 2002. For many years he was an ordained minister in the Churches of the Nazarene and pastored churchs in OH, CT, MA and MI. Mr. Helfrich was a veteran of the Korean War serving his country in the U.S. Army from 1949 until 1953 when he was honorably discharged as Batallion Sergeant Major. A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and Boston University, he did post graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 30 years Theodora Thompson Helfrich of Hingham, three sons Gary and his wife Wendy of Quincy, Stephen of Nashua, NH, Michael and his wife Kim of Quincy, his foster daughter Uyen Le Kry and her husband Chinam Kry of CA, his six loving grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Helfrich, Aleashia and Kaylee Helfrich, Ashlee Helfrich and Elinor Kry, his sister Joanna Hackathorn and her husband Ron of Alabama, his sister -in- law Lois Helfrich of Ohio and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his beloved daughters Marsha Helfrich and Kaye Helfrich Petersen and by his brother Rev. Russell Helfrich of Ohio. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 11am at North Street Community Church of the Nazarene, 235 North Street, Hingham. Visiting hours will held on Friday, January 24 from 4-8pm in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street, ( Off Central St. ) Hingham. Burial in Massa- chusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Monday, Jan. 27 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Helfrich may be made to the Psychology and/ or Religion Departments at Eastern Nazarene College, for student scholarships, 23 East Elm Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170. See for directions and online condolences.

Published by The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 23, 2014.
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Teddy, our hearts and prayers go out to you in your sorrow. Bob and I were best friends at ENC and for many years after graduation. He was loved by our family and highly respected as a gentle Christian gentleman. God loves you and so do we. Jack & Joyce Shankel
January 25, 2014
A. Ted, You And The Rest Of The Family Will Be In Our Prayers For Peace And Comfort.
Mandi Melton
January 25, 2014
Jennifer Mattingly
January 25, 2014
Dean Helfrich had a funny sense of humor. As a RA @ ENC I got to know him my Jr. & Sr. years. We had many laughs and I appreciated him & his concern for me & other students. Prayers to his family during this time of loss.
Carol Riedel Lopinski
January 24, 2014
Dr. Helfrich was one of my major ENC...he was a wonderful teacher...shared his own stories from his heart... he did make a difference in my was great to be taught by someone that practiced what he preached...he certainly had a happy welcome into heaven....God bless his dear family....
Jane Newbert-Avila
January 24, 2014
Bob and I were students together at E.N.C. in Wollaston. We were good friends and had a greast rapport. I send love and prayers of comfort to the family. Dr. Al Everton, Reading,MA
January 24, 2014
I will forever be thankful for Dr. Helfrich. He understood his students. I may have never made it through ENC without him.
Art Magnuson
January 24, 2014
Robert was a close and wonderful friend during my years at ENC, 1970-76. As the Athletic Director and Basketball Coach, he was my mentor in many situations. I'll always remember him.
January 24, 2014
Sorry for your loss!
I always enjoyed seeing him at the
bank. A sweet man.

Take care, Emily
January 24, 2014
Thoughts and prayers for all the Helfrich family. Mr. Helfrich influenced so many of us at ENC in so many positive ways. Grateful that God put him in our path!
Denise Ahart
January 23, 2014
Dear Teddy,
Heartfelt condolences on loosing Bob, your beloved husband. He was so distinguished! May pleasant memories of Bob and your life together bring you some comfort at this sad time. With love and prayers.... BHS friend, Aurelia
January 23, 2014
My sympathies to all. I was a student of Dr. Helfrich many years ago at ENC, and respected and appreciated him greatly.
Ann Finnie
January 23, 2014
Teddy, Gary, Steve, Michael, and Uyen,
Bob was a remarkable man! He was an inspiring example to his students and a true friend to his colleagues. Bob certainly taught many of us the importance of "weathering the storm" and remaining steadfast in our beliefs. He was kind, compassionate, forgiving, intelligent, and full of life. He was a mentor and a friend and he will be missed.
Nancy Mullen
January 23, 2014
Dear Gary and Wendy -
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May your memories of him bring you peace.
Kim Shepherd
January 23, 2014
Hi Theodora,
I never met Robert but I'm sure he was a good man. I'm so sorry.
Francesco Davoli
January 23, 2014
He was an admired friend and colleague of Eastern Nazarene College. His influence lives on.
Norene Pfautz Fiacco
January 23, 2014
Bob Helfrich was my pastor during what I thought were hard years while I studied at the University of Michigan. But my worries seemed insignificant as I witnessed the loss of his daughter Marsha in a car accident in front of me while Bob lay in the hospital recovering from a heart attack. A few years later I had the privilege of working in the same college where he worked. I watched as he picked up the pieces and made a difference in the lives of others. God made something beautiful of his life.
Kenneth Bryant
January 23, 2014
He was a great man that taught me alot in my years at ENC. I thank God for his influence on my life.
James Cox
January 23, 2014
Bob Helfrich was a life-changing person for me. He was my first mentor, then a colleague and friend. Bob taught me to believe in the potential of every young person to reflect the image of their Creator, as he spoke words of love and grace into my life. What I knew about the human and compassionate side of student development I learned from Bob. Most importantly, I learned that even if you are the only one speaking grace into a situation where everyone else is speaking judgment - you should still speak grace.
Mike Schutz
January 23, 2014
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