Helen Heinsohn passes away

Before the Celtics broke practice at HealthPoint today, coach Doc Rivers gathered the team at midcourt and offered a tribute to Helen J. (Weiss) Heinsohn, the wife of Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, who died yesterday in Newton after a six-year battle with cancer.

“She’s just a courageous lady and will be sincerely missed,” Rivers said.

Helen Heinsohn’s funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home in Needham, while the funeral mass will be held at nearby St. Bartholomew’s Church in Needham at noon. Friends and family are invited, but can also visit this evening from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Heinsohn will take a break from his normal duties with Comcast SportsNet, taking the next two games off while Donny Marshall steps in on color commentary.

This story about the Heinsohns’ loving relationship and Helen’s fight with cancer appeared the Boston Globe Magazine in January, 2001.