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 Arthur Bryant “Art” Cohan, Jr

Arthur Bryant “Art” Cohan, Jr

Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 15 Jul 2013 (aged 73)
Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 113890976 · View Source
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Son of:
Arthur Bryant Cohan Sr. (born 14 Jun 1914 NY, died in Aug 1983 Fort Myers, Lee, FL) and Lillian Ida "Peggy" Sherman (born 9 Oct 1912 Mount Vernon, NY the daughter of Alfred Charles Sherman and Lillian Gibbs, died 19 Apr 1999 Dallas, Dallas, TX).
He married first Barbara Dee Weyer; he married second Debbie Beth McClure.

1940 Pelham, Westchester, NY, 2nd Avenue
Arthur Cohan, head, 25, NY
Lillian, wife, 27, NY
Judith, daughter, 2, NY
Arthur, son, 7/12, NY

Valley Star, Saturday, 30 Mar 2013
by Allen Essex

"After a long push to get a veterans memorial built at Pendleton Park, Art Cohan checks that place of honor every day, rushing to pick up a discarded plastic cup or cigarette butt.

Cohan got involved in the Veterans Memorial Project Committee in 2008.

His 20-year career in the Marine Corps included service in 1965 at DaNang and ChuLai, Vietnam. He moved to Harlingen for a four-year stint as a drill instructor at Marine Military Academy after he retired.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., he grew up in Baltimore, Md., and Hubbard, Ohio.

His career in the Marines involved working with radar and missile systems and he won awards as an instructor.

In 1993, he was engaged to Debbie McClure when she was struck by a drunken driver, sending her to hospitals for four months with a severe head injury and other injuries, Cohan said.

Months later, they were married, but she has since struggled with memory problems, Cohan said. They made the rounds of high schools, talking to teenagers about drunken driving.

Debbie still works hard to remember names. As a kind of therapy, they began delivering the Valley Morning Star, which helps her work on memorization skills, Cohan said.

They bought her childhood home and she now feels secure, he said.

Cohan has six children from his first marriage, five boys and one girl.

Two of his sons served in the Navy, one in the Army, he said. He also has 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

As a boy, he delivered newspapers and enjoys rising early to greet the day now as he and Debbie deliver papers, he said.

As part of Debbie's rehabilitation, Cohan began researching McClure's family roots in 1994, and they have contacted 230 relatives she had never known, he said.

He became more and more involved in genealogy, working as a volunteer at the Latter Day Saints Family History Center and then with the Tip O' Texas Genealogy Center, Cohan said. He now teaches classes in genealogy.

The pre-dawn newspaper delivery schedule seems more natural than staying up late, working on genealogy projects on his computer, as he did before, Cohan said.

Nine years after they started their paper route, his wife still rides with him every morning, reminding him if she thinks he missed a customer, he said.

Cohan also is an original member of the Harlingen Tea Party, helping to organize meetings and political forums, he said."

"HARLINGEN - People who knew a couple killed in an explosion Monday in Harlingen said they want their friends to be remembered by how they lived, not how they died.

Residents along Rio Hondo Road said Art and Debbie Cohan were instrumental in the building of a veterans' memorial in Harlingen. A small crowd gathered at the memorial after they heard the news of their deaths.

"Art Cohan was one of the most unselfish and energetic workers for veterans, and communities in general," Frank Hale said. He is the committee chairman for the Veterans Memorial Project.

He said Art Cohan fought to have the memorial built in Harlingen.

"He was out here every day when it was being built, making sure everything was done right," Regina Shipp said.

Art Cohan was never shy about asking for donations for the project, his friends said.

He worked hard to make sure all veterans were remembered, Doyle Shipp said.

"He put these down with his own hands. He was out every week doing this," Shipp said of stones with veterans' names engraved on them.

"He was a Marine, not an ex or past Marine," Shipp said.

The flags at Pendleton Park were lowered in his honor."

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