Raymond Cohen Obituary

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Raymond W Cohen

January 4, 1921 - July 9, 2014
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Raymond William Cohen, 93, passed away on July 9, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL. A native of Jacksonville, he was born in 1921 to Joseph and Ida Cohen, and brother to Edward and Macy Cohen, and Bessie Eizenstat (all deceased). Raymond began his academic career on a music scholarship to the University of Florida and finished at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. He later studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City. At age 21, he was drafted into the US Army Air Corp to serve in World War II, stationed in Orlando, FL, where he met his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Cohen, who was serving in the Women’s Army Air Corp....

Raymond William Cohen, 93, passed away on July 9, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL. A native of Jacksonville, he was born in 1921 to Joseph and Ida Cohen, and brother to Edward and Macy Cohen, and Bessie Eizenstat (all deceased).



Raymond began his academic career on a music scholarship to the University of Florida and finished at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. He later studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City. At age 21, he was drafted into the US Army Air Corp to serve in World War II, stationed in Orlando, FL, where he met his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Cohen, who was serving in the Women’s Army Air Corp. They were married by the base chaplain.



Following the war, he became an advertising manager and assistant sales promotion manager for Cohen Brothers in Jacksonville. He went on to open a toy store, The Toy Fair in San Marco, and later, Raymond Cohen Advertising, which he owned and operated for over 20 years. He continued to work until the age of 85 as an advertiser and later began writing a blog, “Ask Geezer” for the Florida Times Union website.



Raymond was a pillar of the Jacksonville Jewish community. He began singing in the Jacksonville Jewish Center choir at age 13 and continued until he was over the age of 90. In the 1960s and 70s, he sang at almost every bride’s wedding at the synagogue, as a gift to the family. Raymond was also an avid painter, and his artwork was most recently displayed in the Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville. He also shared his talents with the greater Jacksonville community, performing in local operatic productions at the Florida Theatre and Theatre Jacksonville.



He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children Jerry Cohen (Sherry), Peggy Organes (Ken), and Karen Morse (Todd); grandchildren Tavi McLeod (Grant), Michael Cohen (Michelle), David Organes, Rachel Kenneth (William), Marsha Cohen, and Benjamin, Maci, and Trudy Morse; four great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and extended family.



The funeral will be held on Friday, July 11th at 10 AM at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Crown Point Road, Mandarin. The family welcomes donations to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.



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"Though earthly life must end for us all and Ray had a long and good one, I'm deeply saddened that he has died.My deep condolences to Dorothy and all the..." Jay Vogeley (Jacksonville, FL)

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