Dr. Nicholas Cohen

Birth: April 9, 1938 in London, England

Death: September 15, 2010 (aged 72) in Victoria, B.C.

Obituary: (from the Victoria Times Colonist, Sept. 21, 2010)

COHEN, Dr. Nicholas 1938 2010 In London, England on September 15, 2010. Traveler, artist and scientist: a man of culture and brilliance, a man of mystery and poetry, a man of great spirit, compassion and love. His contributions to international public health were extraordinary. He was part of the team that eradicated smallpox in Ethiopia in 1976, and his research in Vitamin A led to his coordinating the WHO/UNICEF program of supplementation that reduced infant mortality and blindness for tens of thousands in Bangladesh; these are but two examples of his life’s work. He was a citizen of the entire planet, but the place he found home was Victoria, where for 11 years he brought tremendous light and blessing to our community. Undaunted by his Parkinson’s disease, he immersed himself in the culture and spirit of the city, took great pleasure in sharing his life with his children and grandchildren, and enriched the lives of all who came to know him. His four children, Yvan (Guk), Natasha (Mutang), Alexis and Louis-Felix, his wife, Nancy Jamieson, and grandchildren Noeli and Agan are determined to learn from his example, to love life as he did, to laugh and cherish friendship as he did, to savour the quirks of life and never to forget the mischievous twinkle in his eyes that drew so many wonderful people into his orbit. Funeral Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery, Cedar Hill Rd. at Fernwood. Reception and Shiva to follow at 1029 Pakington Street in Fairfield. Donations to Victoria’s Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue or Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre. Email condolences to: natasha.blanchet-cohen@concordia.ca 604411

Gravesite details: Row E – Plot 1

פּ״נ (Here lies)
Hebrew name:
Moshe b. Shloma HaCohen v’Sosi
9 Apr 1938 15 Sept 2010
ת נ צ ב ה
abbreviation for Biblical quote: “May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life

Image of the Kohen hands on the left side and a medical symbol with only one serpent is on the right.

Nancy Jamieson Cohen

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