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Samuel Cohen, Longtime Salesman and Busine​ss Owner, Is Dead at 94

December 18, 2008
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Samuel Cohen, 94, a salesman whose career spanned several decades, died Oct. 24 at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was a resident at Brith Sholom House on Conshohocken Avenue, and formerly of Northeast Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, Cohen graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He sold tile door-to-door in the Baltimore area during the Depression and drove a horse-drawn milk wagon for Cooklyn Dairies during World War II.

In the 1950s, Cohen opened Coronet Floor Covering Co. in West Philadelphia, later adding a second store in Woodbury. The business soured in the early 1960s, and he went to work as a carpet and flooring salesman for the E.J. Korvette department-store chain for many years.

A lifelong Phillies fan, Cohen followed the team through good years and bad, and he had a prodigious memory for players and statistics through the ages. He could, and did, talk baseball minutiae with family members a quarter his age.

After his wife of 63 years, the former Mildred Goodman, died in 1998, Cohen moved into Brith Sholom. There he met Esther Kurman, who became his best friend and constant companion for the last eight years.

Cohen is survived by daughters Diane Driban and Faith Rose; seven grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to: the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; or the American Heart Association, 5545 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214.

 

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