COHEN--Robert J., 82, of West Orange, NJ, and East Orleans, MA, beloved husband of Anne Silberstein Cohen for 58 years, father of Laura and Michael, and brother of Sylvia Gangursky and Ruth Newman. Grampa Bob was determined to be the grandfather he never had, and doted on, delighted and inspired his four grandchildren Leila, Stefan, Ariel and Julian. Bob was a gregarious man and an adventuresome world traveller with a passion for archaeology, theater and the arts. Born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents Phillip and Celia, he was a graduate of Central High School, Philadelphia (Class 185), attended Temple University, earned his C.P.A., and later, at age 50 returned to academia to earn a B.A. with Honors in Humanities from NYU. He served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean war, was advertising director of Hat Corporation of America, former president of the Philadelphia Men's Apparel Association, and, as CFO and Partner of Waterman Advertising of NYC, was one of the true â€œMad Menâ€�. He founded and was President of Video Monitoring Services of America, where he was mentor, leader, â€œshrinkâ€� and inspiration to his employees. He fulfilled a lifelong dream with his beach home on Cape Cod, and was honorary â€œmayorâ€� of Pochet Beach. Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation
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Published by New York Times on Jun. 23, 2011.