Robert “Bob” Philip Cohen
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Robert “Bob” Philip Cohen

COHEN: Robert “Bob” Philip Cohen, 93, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Oct. 22, 2020, with his family at his side. Bob was born in New York City, June 28, 1927, to the late Charles and Evelyn Goldman Cohen and grew up in Washington Heights, New York, New York. Upon graduating from George Washington High School one year early through the Rapid Advancement Program, he attended a two-year college, Syracuse University in New York. He then joined the U.S. Army in 1945 during WWII and became a radio operator stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge from the service in 1947, Bob attended NYU. Shortly after, he began his career in advertising for his Uncle Milton Goldman at The Shield and later worked at the National Can Corporation. He met his future wife, Effie, in Pittsburgh on a blind date. She was the love of his life, and they married in October 1956. He then worked with his father-in-law, Jerome Edlis, at the Edlis Beauty and Barber Supply Co. Bob and Effie owned and managed this company as partners side-by-side for over 50 years until their retirement. Bob had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed learning, especially history. He exercised daily, never missing a day. His love of food was evident, and he took pride in cooking healthy meals. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ethel “Effie” (Edlis) Cohen as well as his parents, brother, Leon Cohen, and sister, Geraldine Pitasky Silverstein. He is survived by his children, Melinda “Mindy” (Bob) Parson, Lynn Cohen, Gwen Cohen and Martin (Catherin) Cohen, grandchildren Sam Vogel, Charlotte Vogel, Audrianna Mira Cohen and Charles Mira Cohen, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Graveside services were held at 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2020, at Homewood Cemetery in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania. Donations in his memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of his late wife or to Chabad of the South Hills. D’Alessandro Funeral Home. https://www.dalessandroltd.com/

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