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Philip Cohen


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Philip M. Cohen

1929 - 2016 Phil died on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at home in Pittsfield MA after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Born to the late Pauline and Harris Cohen, he grew up in Brooklyn NY. He attended local schools, graduating from James Madison HS in 1948. He earned his BA from New York University in 1951 and MS (Chemistry) from the University of Michigan in 1952. Phil began his career as a research chemist for DuPont in Wilmington Del. He later was founder and President of Premier Vacuum Process Corp. in Queens NY. After selling this business 21 years later, he became Vice-President and General Manager of Bee Chemical Co. in Fairfield NJ. He later founded and was President of Webtronics, Inc. of Fairfield NJ, manufacturers of plastic film slitting, coating, and laminating equipment. Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years Liliana, four daughters Martha Stine, Amy Cohen, Susan Hirsch, and Patricia Putney, his ex-wife Harriet Newman Cohen, nine grandchildren, his sister Norma Barasch, two nieces, two step-sons Robert and Andrew Romano, and four step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandson Benjamin Ziegelbaum. Phil was an ardent classical pianist and loved playing chamber music with his friends in the Berkshires and at the Northampton Community Music Center where he was also a member of the Piano Connection group which he dearly loved. Phil was also an enthusiastic tennis player for most of his life, and in recent years, delighted in biking the Ashuwillticook Trail up to Adams and back. Phil loved to ski in Aspen while Liliana worked as a volunteer in the thrift shop and at the local hospital. They spent every winter for the past 30 years in Aspen where they made many dear friends in the town for which they had much affection. Phil and Liliana were 20 year Tanglewood volunteers and were recognized for their many years of service by the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers. They also attended almost every concert each summer. At Phil's request there are no services or calling hours. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc. Please visit the funeral home website at www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 6, 2016
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