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Sheldon Cohen. Photo: Jess Block-Nerren/Felten Media Services
Sheldon Cohen. Photo: Jess Block-Nerren/Felten Media Services

A celebration in honor of the life of Sheldon Cohen—beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, attorney, city servant and friend to many—will be held at Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano on Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. Cohen passed away suddenly on Dec. 15.

“He was incredibly loving, caring, dedicated, generous and loyal,” Cohen’s family said in a statement. “He was the life of the party, always telling jokes and making people laugh and smile. He was a proud resident of San Juan Capistrano, serving his community on the planning commission, open space committee and other various committees for many years. He was also a distinguished attorney and practiced law for over 30 years.”

Cohen’s family said he “loved life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, taking road trips, hiking at Zion National Park, barbecuing and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils.”

“He made an impact on everyone that knew him,” his family said. “He will be forever loved and missed.”

Reata Park was built and funded due in part to Cohen’s hard work and dedication to the city as a member of the Open Space Committee. All are welcome to attend the Jan. 30 celebration and are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Cohen.

Reata Park is located at 28633 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. There will be a gathering immediately following the celebration at Sarducci’s Restaurant, located at 26701 Verdugo Street in San Juan Capistrano, for anyone who wishes to attend.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation in Cohen’s memory: San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation, 31103 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite D-2133, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.

Cohen is survived by his wife Lois, daughters Meredith and Allison, grandchildren Kai, Owen and Mischa, and sister Barbara.

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