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Eliot Harris Cohen

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MASHPEE, Mass -- Eliot Harris Cohen died on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at Harborside Health Care in Mashpee, on Cape Cod, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Mattapan on June 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Ethel and Maurice Cohen. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1965. While at Emerson, he met and made many life-long friends.

Eliot spent several years in the 1970s and early 1980s in Bennington, Vt., working for the Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council and later at the B&R Restaurant. He left Bennington for Lake Charles, La., where he worked with oil riggers. This experience led him to write a novella, “Jewboy Roustabout.” He returned to Boston and appeared in segments of the television series, “Spencer For Hire” as an extra. Eliot moved to the Cape in the late 1980s to care for his mother and to be close to the rest of his family.

Visitors to his apartment were immediately struck by Eliot’s passion for detective novels, westerns and thrillers in addition to his collection of movies covering the same genres. He loved almost all types of music, especially the rock and roll and rhythm and blues he heard in his youth. Eliot looked upon all types of physical labor with disdain. In the mid 1970s he was a co-founder of the Irish-Armenian Sons of Zion. He was, above all, a loyal and caring friend to all in his life; an incurable romantic with a healthy dose of cynicism.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ken Kipnes; niece Lori Kipne; nephews Paul, Chuck and Geoffry Kipnes; and his nine great-nieces and -nephews. He also leaves behind many longtime friends across the country.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Cape Cod Synagogue in Hyannis. In accordance with Eliot’s wishes, his ashes will be spread on the waters off the Cape. Donations in memory of Eliot may be made to Jewish Federation of Cape Cod, P.O. Box 2568, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the American Cancer Society.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 3, 2005
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