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Robert A. (Bob) Cohen
Cohen, Robert A. (Bob). Passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Beloved husband of Debra Joy Eklove. Devoted father of Paul Cohen, Julie and Corey Chandler. Adoring grandfather of Hudson Davis and Smith Beckett Chandler. Brother of Michael Cohen and Stephen Cohen both of California. Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Toronto to begin a business in the staffing industry. His passion as a teacher was expressed through his work in schools, as an entepreneur and leader in the Staffing industry for 40 years, as a baseball coach, mentor and scout for the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office. His strength and courage, and feisty character will be sorely missed by family, many lifelong friends and colleagues. Our sincere thanks to all the doctors, nurses and caregivers who helped him during many health challenges. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. West, Thornhill. Interment to follow at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Darchei Noam section. Memorial donations may be made to the Youth Empowerment Seminars Program, c/o Bob Cohen Fund or call Krupa (416) 441-3056 or charity of your choice.

Date of Death:Saturday, November 9, 2013
Yartzheit day: 6 Kislev, 5774
Date of Funeral:Monday, November 11, 2013
Time of Funeral:11:00 AM
Location of Funeral:Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W.
Location of Burial:Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Darchei Noam Congregation section
Shiva Location:19 Four Winds Dr., Suite 107, Toronto, M3J 2S9
 (Third Highrise West of Keele). Due to constructions travel West on Finch passed Keele to Santinel, North on Sentinel East on Four Winds Dr. Shiva visits 2 to 5 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m.
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Tom Valcke   11/9/13 11:23 PM

This is one of many memorable anecdotes involving Bob, and I chose to share it because it was funny, but also telling of the type of soul Bob had. While scouting in California in the early 90's, Bob, Kevin Bly and myself were together 24/7, even sharing the hotel room at night. We began in Northern California, and finished up in LA. It was a great week, but admittedly, somewhat of a cranky week for dear Bob. He was an extremely light sleeper, and at night when I was doing my reports, I literally sat on the edge of the bathtub with my computer on the closed toilet seat, with the door closed, and a towel laid at the bottom to prevent the light from escaping, and still, I would hear Bob murmur “Are you almost finished?” We were flying home out of LAX, and checked into the nearby Hilton the night before. Kevin, an adventurous one, and I decided to go take in an LA Kings hockey game (Gretzky was still with them). Bob was beat and we had an early flight, so we all thought it would be a good idea for him to stay back, get to bed, and sleep in peace. Kevin and I justified our next endeavour by convincing ourselves that we were doing it for Bob, as the longer we stayed out, the more quality sleep he would have. We decided to go to a nearby Casino afterward the hockey game. We wound up staying there for the night, figuring we might as well not bother going to bed at all, just head back to the hotel, shower, and head to LAX, then sleep on the plane. Again, we justified that this wasn’t for our entertainment, but rather, for the love of Bob. Well, when we tip-toed into the room at about 6:00am, Bob HAD NOT SLEPT A WINK!!! He was steaming mad at us, pacing back and forth all night, upset that we hadn’t called, worried that we had gotten into harm’s way – he was a true Mother Hen. We didn’t laugh about it much that day, but many, many times since. I love you too Bob!

Reisa Bresner Feldberg   11/10/13 9:58 AM

Debra and family, I was so saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathies at this difficult time.

Sherry (Michaels) Adud and family   11/10/13 10:07 AM

I am sob sorry for you loss. Bob was a wonderful man and I am proud to have know him. My condolences go out to you all.

Richard and Judith Shapero   11/10/13 10:13 AM

Our hearts and wishes go with you during this most emotional time. We hope the memories of the love and wonderful times fill the emptiness of your loss.

Elaine & Howard Heitner   11/10/13 10:23 AM

Dear Debra, We are deeply saddened by to hear of Bob's passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to you, Paul and Julie. Though we cannot be there, please know that we are thinking of you in this difficult time. A loved ones passing is never easy. Allow the love of others to lift you in this time of grief. Elaine and Howard Heitner

MarjoriemRasky   11/10/13 10:36 AM

My sincere condolences to all of you. May he be at peace. May Bob's memory be for a blessing.

Marjorie Rasky   11/10/13 10:39 AM

My sincere condolences to all of you. May Bob's memory be for a blessing.

Reisa Bresner Feldberg   11/10/13 10:57 AM

Debra and family, I was so saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathies at this difficult time.

Elaine Dwek   11/10/13 11:40 AM

Dearest Family: My mother, sister and I had the privilege of working with Bob in the early 80's when he was in the Staffing business. I remember him as a wonderful person and a great mentor. We lost touch over the years but I have fond memories of Bob. My deepest sympathy.

Marita Karpinsky   11/10/13 3:24 PM

Dear Debra and family, Please accept my sincere condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. Marita

Gail Nestel   11/10/13 3:32 PM

Dear Debra, I was saddened to receive an email today saying that Bob had passed. I know you both lived with passion, wanting only good and healing for people and the world. May you continue these passions in his memory! Gail Victoria, BC

Julie Shapero Clamen & Family   11/10/13 5:18 PM

Thinking of ALL of you during this very sad and difficult time. May your memories be what brings you comfort, & the support of your friends & family help you cope with this immense loss. With heavy hearts & much love we send our deepest condolences. XOX

RUTH ABRAMS   11/10/13 6:33 PM

Dear Debra and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. May you be comforted by happy memories. Ruth Abrams

paula kuchinsky   11/10/13 6:36 PM

Debra, my condolences to you and your family. Strength to you at this most difficult time. Shalom Paula Arlene Kuchinsky

Eileen &Normie   11/10/13 7:08 PM

Dear Debra Our deepest condolences to you and your family on Bob's passing. May you all be spared further sorrows. Eileen & Normie

Michael Reiss   11/11/13 12:35 AM

Dear Deborah and family, I was saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play for Bob for a number of years with team Ontario. My fondest memory with Bob was our flight home from Brandon, Manitoba - after winning Gold at the Canadian National Champions. It was a memory I will never forget - one of the greatest achievements in my baseball career. I remember sitting with Bob and talking about the experience. I remember the big smile on his face and him talking about how proud he was of the program, the players and the staff for overcoming tough odds and winning the tournament. He made a tremendous impact on me and my career as a baseball player and I am sure many others. I feel very luck to have had the opportunity to play under his leadership. He was charismatic, charming and was passionate about developing Canadian baseball talent. As a jewish kid from Thornhill, with big dreams of playing pro baseball - Bob's encouragement and support created the path for me to achieve my goals. Bob will truly be missed but his impact on the community has been simply tremendous. I am very proud to have known him and to have had him as my coach.

The Cincinatus Family   11/11/13 7:22 AM

Debra, Paul and Julie, Our condolences on your loss. We will miss Bob's presence at family gatherings. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Phyllis, Michael, Aaron, Elana and Deena

Linda and Mark Steinman   11/11/13 7:56 AM

Dearest Debra and Family An interesting man and a brave man, your Bob. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and love are with you at this sad time. Linda and Mark

Hedia   11/11/13 8:18 AM

Debra, my deepest condolences to you and your family. May Bob rest in peace and may angels carry him over their shoulders from now on. Sending you love and light. _/\_

Larry and Mary Fruitman   11/11/13 9:04 AM

Dear Debra, Larry and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this this sad time.

Kathie Caple   11/11/13 9:25 AM

From our hearts to yours Debra, our condolences. Bob will be greatly missed. love, Kathie and Nick Caple

Judy and Jerrold Howard   11/11/13 10:53 AM

Debra, Our sincerest condolences to you and the family at this sad time. May you know no further sorrow.

Leslie Comar Tudela   11/11/13 12:34 PM

I so wish I could be in Toronto today to show my respect to Debra, his family and of course to Bob who will always hold such a special place in my heart. He was always everyone's champion and so encouraging, a terrific mentor and a good friend who always spoke the truth. My thoughts go out to his wonderful family whom he was so proud of and spoke of so often with great love

Sam Gruenbaum   11/11/13 1:16 PM

All of us at BTHR Solutions (BeneTemps) in Boston who knew Bob are saddened by this loss. Our industry will miss his presence and all who knew him will remember his contributions. He was always a pleasure to deal with and provided valuable guidance on many levels. A real "mensch" in all ways. Sam Gruenbaum

Peter Yessne   11/11/13 1:59 PM

My heartfelt sympathies to all of Bob's family. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Bob's honest warmth, sharp business acumen and strong personal integrity combined to make him a sought after trusted advisor in the staffing industry. For two decades he was a good personal friend as well as a loyal and thoughtful business colleague. I know there are many in our industry whose lives and families have benefited very substantially from his advice and good services. I admired his perseverence to do good in spite of many medical complications. I will miss him, as will all in the staffing industry who had the pleasure of his company. Thank you for sharing him with us!

Teme Kernerman   11/11/13 2:26 PM

To Debra and family Thinking of you at this most difficult time and extending my sincerest sympathy and condolences in the loss of your husband. May you and your family find comfort in the care and love that surrounds you. Teme Kernerman.

Saul and Linda Paton   11/11/13 3:30 PM

Dear Debra Our sincere sympathies on the passing of your dear Bob. May his memory be for a blessing to you and all his family. We wish you strength. Saul and Linda

Drew Lindsay   11/11/13 5:58 PM

I was very sorry to hear of Bob's passing and want to send my warm wishes and condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. I will always have fond memories from nearly 20 years ago when Bob was my baseball coach. He was a good man and will surely be missed!

Donna and Cal Goldman   11/11/13 6:14 PM

Heartfelt condolences to Debra and the entire family. Bob's kindness and strength of character will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful person and a friend to all.

Marilyn Houston   11/12/13 10:08 AM

Sincere condolences to all of Bob's family. We were business associates for more than 30 years and Bob was always someone to turn to for advice and counsel. His commitment to our industry and knowledge of it will be sorely missed. Marilyn Houston Houston Recruiting Services Winnipeg, MB

Gayle Wagman   11/12/13 10:36 AM

We will miss Bob's wonderful warm presence in our office. We loved everything about him, especially his voice. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time. Bob was such a special person. We were all so priviledged to know Bob and take care of him.

Dorothy Lichtblau   11/12/13 11:19 AM

Dear Debra, My profound sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Bob. May your memory of him and your life together be a blessing Love and warm wishes, Dorothy

Jean Yashinsky   11/12/13 12:31 PM

Dear Debra: So sorry for your loss. May dear G-d be with you and comfort you and give you the strength to continue as He sees fit. Sorrowfully, Jean (Bonnie's friend)

Brian Feldman   11/12/13 12:31 PM

I am deeply saddened by Bob’s passing. I shall remember him as a fine gentle man. Debra, may you be comforted by fond memories. My thoughts are with you.

Marcy Bacher   11/12/13 4:42 PM

Debra and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You were very blessed to have shared your life with such a wonderful man. May your memories keep you strong during this difficult time. With love from Marcy and Izzy

Ora and Barry Beloff   11/13/13 6:58 AM

A great, loving friend and wonderful companion, with a truly guteh neshumah. A doting and proud Father and Grandfather, and most devoted and loving husband to Debra. Bob was a man of courage who also, possessed a sense of boyish wonder at the world. Relationships were at the core of his being and giving of himself to others was always a first thought. Rest in peace, will always remain a mensch among menschen. Know that you did 'real good' in your life and that you will always be loved and missed.

Robin Mee   11/13/13 11:18 AM

Bob Cohen made a huge committment to the Staffing Industry, and has many friends and colleagues. He will be missed.

RonniLyn Pustil   11/13/13 6:46 PM

Debra Joy, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you love and peace in this difficult time. xo

Paul F. Gillissie   11/17/13 10:38 AM

Dearest Debra & Family; My deepest condolences for your loss. Bob was an industry leader- and a friend. I have a fond memory of Bob and I- many, many years ago on vacation- walking on a beach down south. We were talking business, as usual. We ended our discussion with a drink and a 'stirring' rendition of "Moon River". Knowing Bob was truly a joy and a privilege. My thoughts and prayers are to you and your children.

Donna Hoppenheim   11/18/13 1:07 PM

Debra –I offer my condolences to you and your family. It was heart-warming to see you at Kiddush surrounded by concerned congregants-friends. May you derive comfort from your DN “family” now and in the months ahead. Donna

Howie Birnie   11/18/13 7:59 PM

Debra: I just learned of Bob's passing from Tom Valcke. Personally and on behalf of Leaside and Toronto Baseball, our sincerest condolences. Bob was a highly valued and respected colleague. The player with whom he came in contact were fortunate to have experienced his leadership and humanity. Howie

Gary and Karin French   12/10/13 5:05 PM

Our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family, especially Debra, Paul, Julie and her family, who gave Bob his cherished grandchildren. Bob was a business colleague who became a close and valued friend over the 30+ years that I knew him and came to appreciate his outstanding personal qualities. He was a man of high integrity and character, who left everyone and his industry better for knowing him. He was fair, sharing, caring and kind and offered his help to any and all who sought it. In a very competitive and secretive staffing industry, he was a beacon of knowledge and a friend to all. A baseball game with Bob was an experience. He could be munching on a hotdog and talking to three people around us and still tell me where the next pitch was going and whether it would be hit and where it would go, even as he wiped mustard from his shirt! My wife, also a staffing industry veteran, and I will miss him. Gary and Karin French (Toronto) Kelly Services, Olsten Corp., Work International, Logical Options, Drake International

Mitch Fralick   12/21/13 7:04 AM

I was very sad to get the news of Bob's passing. Bob represented my partner and me in the sale of our business that we had spent 20 years of our lives building. It is a stessful process, but Bob managed to keep everyone calm and focused. That was more than 6 years ago and we have stayed in contact since. He was a very special person with the gift of making you feel secure. I know he will be missed by the family...I will miss him as well. God Bless you Bob, I am better person because our paths crossed!


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