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SYDNEY COHAN (SYD) Obituary pic


Born: Mar 07, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 07, 2020

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Sydney Cohan passed away peacefully at the Misericordia Hospital on November 7, 2020, after a short but tough battle with a rare type of Lymphoma.
Born to Rae and Philip Cohan on March 7, 1931, Syd's early years were spent in Dauphin and Russell, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba Law School, was called to the Bar in 1957 and joined Walsh Micay and Company. Subsequently he was associated with Ed Kimelman and Bob Kopstein, after which he practised as a sole practitioner till age 84. Syd also served as a part-time Provincial Court Judge for 20 years, during which time he presided in Winnipeg and throughout the Province. He enjoyed his visits to northern fly-in communities, which included walking away from one crash landing.
Syd had an active interest in amateur sport as board member, official and competition judge, supporting his daughters and other youth in their amateur swim careers. He was a Past President of the Manitoba Section of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association and has also served on the National Board. He was Chairman of the Manitoba Council of Fitness and Amateur Sport and was a board member of Sport Manitoba. Syd also represented amateur sport as a Director of the Manitoba Lotteries Distributors Inc. when amateur sport was a funding recipient.
Syd's greatest involvement (and love) has been with golf. He was past President of the Manitoba Golf Association and was a founding member of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. He also worked as a Rules Official at amateur golf tournaments for years. He had the honour of being the non-playing captain of the Manitoba Willingdon Cup team which won the Canadian Amateur championship at Crow Bush Cove, P.E.I. Syd played some 150 courses during his golfing life. He was a longtime member of Glendale Golf and Country Club, and has the proud record of four Holes in One! Another love of Syd's was music, especially jazz; he had a natural ability and ear to play almost any instrument. The game of bridge was his final love and after retirement he spent many hours at the bridge table.
Syd was a caring man who valued family and community and he knew how to bring a smile to people's faces.
Syd is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anne M., and his daughter Cheryl (Noah); stepsons, Greg and Neil (Collette); and grandchildren, Holly, Michelle, Scott, Leah, Micah and Brina (Bee). He also leaves to mourn Leanna, a special young lady residing at St. Amant Health and Transition Services. No one could make her laugh as he did! He is also survived by his former wife Anne and a brother Jack. He was predeceased by his daughter Maureen and by his stepson Kelly.
Syd was a member of Congregation Etz Chayim for many years and was laid to rest at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park.
In memory of Syd, gifts may be made to the Cohan Family Memorial Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3, phone 204-944-9474, or to the St. Amant Foundation at 440 River Rd., Winnipeg.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Judge Cohan. He was a true gentleman who loved golf and did so much good for the sport. He will be missed. - Posted by: Gertie Barron (friend from court system and golf) on: Dec 07, 2020

  • Mike and I were so sorry to read of Syd's passing. He was a true gentleman. Our condolences. Lori O'Neil and Mike Mackenzie - Posted by: Lori O'Neil (friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Mr. Cohan was a remarkable volunteer who donated many years service to the amateur golf community. We are saddened to hear of his passing and wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Cohan and the entire Cohan family. - Posted by: Jared Ladobruk (Executive Director at Golf Manitoba) on: Nov 19, 2020

  • My condolences and heartfelt sympathy. I worked with Syd as his legal assistant for 3 years before I went to nursing school. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Linda Buckmaster (Former Colleague ) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • My condolences to the Cohan family. I appeared in court with Judge Cohan frequently for several years in northern Manitoba as a young Crown Attorney (in fact, I was on the very flight referred to in his obituary, when our plane crashed at Berens River (I think), and walked away from it as did His Honour. You were right to refer to it as a crash, by the way, because it most assuredly was, notwithstanding the province's insistence on referring to it subsequently in the media as a 'hard landing'! Judge Cohan was invariably fair, and it was a real pleasure appearing in front of him. He was able to separate his judicial role from the personal very well, and he couldn't have been a nicer gentleman to get along with outside of the courtroom, when the court party had to associate with one another on the overnight trips. I learned a lot from those experiences, and we enjoyed a very friendly relationship for many years after he had retired from the bench. - Posted by: John Peden (Crown Attorney who appeared before Judge Cohan with some regularity many years ago) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • My condolences to the Cohan Family. I had the honour and great fortune to work with Syd when he volunteered in amateur sport with Golf Manitoba and Sport Manitoba. He was a passionate, dedicated volunteer and a truly fine gentleman. Jeff Hnatiuk - Posted by: Jeff Hnatiuk (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • I only knew Syd for the past 3 years as both a bridge partner and opponent. I really enjoyed the hands we played together. - Posted by: Jim Snell (Bridge Partner and Opponent) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • Our sympathies Anne. We will always remember Syd’s love of golf and his great sense of humour. - Posted by: Brenda and Dave Morison (Friends) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Our most heartfelt condolences to Ann & All the Family. Syd.... May You Rest In Peace - Posted by: Paolo & Rosa Pesce (Long time client) on: Nov 14, 2020

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