Friends and colleagues of long-time Rockland County employee Irwin Cohen held a memorial dedication in his honor this afternoon at the county government complex in Ramapo.
Cohen, who died at age 46 on Sept. 4, worked for the county for nearly 30 years, most of which were with the planning and public transportation departments, said Susan Meyer, the spokeswoman for both departments. Cohen had served as the Rockland’s Travel Demand Management Coordinator since 1994, and was well-known and well-respected in the transportation industry throughout the entire region, Meyer said. (He also kept a bowl of candy on his office desk that he graciously offered to visitors — even reporters).
The ceremony, held at Building T at the Robert L. Yeager Health Center, included the dedication of two Red Bud trees planted on the grounds in Cohen’s memory, along with an engraved bench in a seating area between the trees.
Donations were collected from co-workers, colleagues and friends to pay for the memorial, and the remaining funds are being donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The photos above were provided by Susan Meyer and Arlene Miller, deputy commissioner of the Rockland County Planning Department.
Here are a couple of photos of Cohen from The Journal News archives.