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Lewis Cohen

Lewis Cohen, 70, of Haverford and Philadelphia, PA, passed away on August 18th, 2023. Lew was born in The Bronx, NY, on March 24th, 1953, to Max and Ann Cohen. Lew was predeceased by his brother Ira Cohen and is survived by his brother Neil (Carmela) Cohen. Lew, a loving father and grandfather, is survived by his children, Kerith (Skip) Hettel and Matthew (Genna) Cohen and their mother Lynn Cohen, along with his grandchildren of whom he was particularly proud, Arya (10) and Grant (8) Hettel. Lew is also survived by his friend and partner, Carol Katin.

After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science (’70) and the State University of New York at Albany (’74), Lew went on to get his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at George Washington University (’76) and PhD in Urban & Environmental Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (’79). Always an independent person, Lew ultimately decided to work as an Energy Consultant for “the one boss he could put up with” – himself. He brought his depth of expertise towards assisting clients in the hospital, university, and municipality spaces procure energy, with a personal passion for the potential of renewable and environmentally friendly sources.

Lew was a firm believer in living life to the fullest, focusing on the good times, and finding humor in any situation – and had the story-telling skills to make the most of any occasion! Few days went by where Lew could not be found at a great restaurant, a Sixers game, a concert, or a play, as well as on the basketball court with opponents half his age (including, as he would proudly recount, the late great Kobe Bryant). In addition to having lived all along the east coast – from New York City, to Albany, to Washington DC, to Boston, and ultimately to spending the last 35 years of his life in Philadelphia - he was always eager to plan his next vacation, with a special appreciation for spending time in Saratoga Springs.

One piece of advice that we can confidently say Lew would leave us all with is to lead a life full of enjoying fun experiences with great people – savoring the good times and making fantastic memories with the many friends, relatives, and newcomers you come across!

Details of the celebration of Lew’s life are the following:

Platt Memorial Chapel in Cherry Hill, NJ

Sunday August 27th

Respects 11:30-12pm, service 12-12:45pm

Details on the website:

Further celebration of Lew’s amazing life will occur afterwards at his daughter’s house in Voorhees in true Lew fashion - with good food, drinks, and stories!

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations to Planned Parenthood, The National Parks Conservation Association, or The Bronx High School of Science are suggested.

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