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Herbert Cohan Obituary
Herbert B. Cohan, CPA

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - COHAN, Herbert Bennett, 92 years old, Palm Beach Gardens, FL died on August 28, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Herbert was born on June 16, 1926 in Worcester, MA, to Sophie and Joseph B. Cohan. He was a U.S. Navy World War II Veteran and a graduate of Syracuse University, Class of 1949. Herbert was a CPA and former President and Chairman of the Board of Joseph B. Cohan and Associates, Certified Public Accountants. Under his leadership the company grew to become one of the premiere accounting firms in New England. He retired in 1998 at age 72. Herbert was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, a Paul Harris Fellow in the Worcester Rotary Club and a Mason. He was also a public adjuster. A devoted philanthropist, he was Chairman of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium for 23 years, Chairman of the Worcester Housing Policy Committee and Chairman of the Israeli Bond Drive. Herbert was also Treasurer of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Treasurer of the Worcester Economic Club and the Worcester Jewish Federation. He was on the Board of Directors of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Temple Emmanuel, Hahnemann Hospital, March of Dimes, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Worcester Housing Partnership, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Worcester Jewish Federation, Red Cross, and YMCA Health Club. Herbert was also one of the founders of Temple Sinai in Worcester. After he retired, he divided his time between his residence in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and a vacation home in the Berkshires. During retirement, he was a Guardian Ad Litem and a Pro Bono Mediator in the Florida Courts. He played golf and tennis daily. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jayne Cohan, and his son and four daughters, Robert D. Cohan and his wife Phuli Cohan of Newton, MA, Linda Cohan and her husband Christian (Kim) Herter of Gloucester, MA, Debbi Overbeck and her husband Charles Overbeck of Wilmington, NC, Beth Cohan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Alyson Nathan and her husband Gregory Nathan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He has 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Judy Feldman and his brother Paul Cohan both of Long Boat Key, FL. He was predeceased by his daughter Stacy Cohan who passed away in 1977. Services will be held at the Star of David Funeral Home, 9321 Memorial Park Rd., West Palm Beach, FL.

Immediately following the interment friends and guests are invited to join the family at Frenchman's Creek Clubhouse, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cancer Center of South Florida.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2018
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