May 5, 1925 – Sep 8, 2014
George Cohen adored two things more than anything in life—his family and a really good sandwich. He called them “hoagies” because he was from Philly. Born in 1925 to Russian Immigrant parents, he lived 89 ½ really fantastic years. He loved a good time and would regale everyone with his racy stories of his jaunts to Cuba back in the day and hob-knobbing with gangsters in the clubs of Miami Beach and Vegas where for years, he tended bar.
In his later years he spent his time listening to jazz music, drinking massive amounts of espresso, and religiously watching the Today show to see what his crush Savannah was up to. Even in his 80’s he still loved a good stiff drink and his corned beef sandwiches massive, and piled sky high. An incredibly fun guy, he was also super generous, supremely open-minded, and always gave people the benefit of the doubt.
He was so proud of his kids and incredibly supportive of them. He treated his son’s South African partner as though he was his own. And when his daughter moved to the Netherlands to follow her Dutch boyfriend, he laughed and asked “What’s up with my kids falling for all these foreigners?” Adding that as long as they were happy, he was happy.
He passed on September 8th in Seattle where he lived for the last 13 years. He is survived by his son Jeff and his spouse Brendan, his daughter Candi and her boyfriend Jan, his fabulous sister Doris and his extended family in Florida: Ronni, Shelley, Amy, Lauren, and Craig.
He is missed immensely but wherever he is, chances are strong that he’s got a drink in his hand and is charming the heck out of someone.
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