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Memorable Manitobans: Sydney “Syd” Cohan (1931-2020)

Lawyer, judge, community activist.

Born on 7 March 1931, son of Philip Cohan and Rae ?, his childhood was spent at Dauphin and Russell. He attended the University of Manitoba Law School and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1957. He practiced with Walsh Micay and Company, later with Ed Kimelman and Bob Kopstein, and later as a sole practitioner until the age of 84. He also served as a part-time Provincial Court Judge from 1976 to 1998.

He was married twice and had two daughters and three stepsons. He served as President of the Manitoba Section of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association, and a member of its national board. He was Chairman of the Manitoba Council of Fitness and Amateur Sport and was a board member of Sport Manitoba. He represented amateur sport on the board of the Manitoba Lotteries Distributors Inc. He was President of the Manitoba Golf Association and a founding member of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. He was a member of the Glendale Golf and Country Club, and Congregation Etz Chayim.

He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 7 November 2020 and was buried in the Rosh Pina Memorial Park.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2020

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