Alan J. Cohen

  • Died: January 13, 2021
  • Location: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family


Age 73, of Mount Lebanon, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Beloved husband of 48 years to Marcia (Silver) Cohen. Loving father of Jeremy (Rebecca) Cohen. Cherished Papa of Isla and Kennedy Cohen. Beloved brother of Ivan (Rhelda) Cohen. Cherished uncle of Ross Cohen, Jason, Alex, and Matthew Silver, and the late Glenn Cohen. Beloved brother-in-law of Dr. Rick (Paulette) Silver. Alan was a high school educator whose career spanned 35 years with Duquesne School District and Pittsburgh Public Schools. He was an avid global traveler, having completed 38 cruises with his wife Marcia, visiting all the places he taught about in world history. He loved his family and physical activities, especially Zumba and spinning. He was a fixture at Bally's/LA Fitness for many years. He had a terrific sense of humor and lived life to its fullest. Many of his former students throughout Pittsburgh would stop him to tell him how important he was to them. He had a passion for waxing and polishing his cars, no matter the weather. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Gardner, Dr. Carl Snyderman, and Dr. Melissa Burgess for the excellent care they provided Alan. Contributions may be made to Hillman Cancer Institute, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 for sarcoma research. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Alan's Life will be held at a later date. Private Graveside Services entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, Scott Twp. (412-563-2800). www.slaterfuneral.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Marcia, Jeremy and Family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Alan. Such a great guy and a great neighbor to Clara, Joe, and Edie Rothman on Wightman Street!!

Bob/Gail Clark
Columbus, Ohio

Posted by Bob/Gail Clark - Columbus, OH - Friend   January 24, 2021

So sorry for you loss, Marcia.
Alan was such a pleasure to be around. I mean the kind of person who made people smile and laugh just being around him. He definitely brought the sunshine. I'll miss seeing him.

Posted by Kristi Tarrant - Wheeling, WV - Acquaintance   January 23, 2021

I was fortunate to have Mr. Cohen in 1973-74 for Sociology of Asia class...what and amazing teacher! Plus, he gave me the recipe for Devonshires which I still enjoy!
My deepest sympathy.

Posted by Debbie Burton - Harrisburg, PA - Student   January 18, 2021

Alan was a nice person that I knew from the gym for years. Great traveler and always funny and polite
Will miss him. Condolences to the entire family

Posted by Edward Schwarrz Schwarrz - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   January 17, 2021

Condolences to the Cohen family. I was Mr. Cohen's student at Allderdice in 2000-2001. I loved the Newscasts that we did every Friday, when a group of students would deliver the news of the week. Most of all, I loved Morning Detention, which Mr. Cohen assigned me often for being tardy. I realize Mr. Cohen did not mean for it to be fun, but I enjoyed the opportunity to grill his student teacher all about what student teaching and college were like. Now, I am a teacher myself. Lots of gratitude and best wishes for your family.

Posted by Meredith Levine - New York, NY - Student   January 17, 2021

The Cohen family is in my prayers.

Posted by Sharon. Denne Beal - Elizabeth, PA - Teacher   January 16, 2021

Mr Cohen was a great teacher and role model.

Posted by Sharon Beal - Elizabeth, PA - Teacher   January 16, 2021

Deepest Sympathy
Eloise Teichart Hornyak / Class of 75

Posted by Eloise Teichart Hornyak - Duquesne, PA - Student   January 16, 2021

I'm saddened to hear we lost Mr Cohen... was one of the cool teachers in Duquesne Senior High School. I graduated in 75' and so remember his block of teachers. Every morning he, and his buds, including Ohler,and Proksa would happily greet all students. The young teachers at that time breaking through to a new way for educational journey. I wish I could've shared with him, his success in our lives. Travel safely with God Mr Cohen...knowing you did good for all of us ✝❤

Posted by Diane A Fedor Fedor - South Park, PA - Student   January 16, 2021

Sincere condolences to Marcia and the Cohen family. We enjoyed living several houses down the street and close friends with beautiful memories. Allen was a wonderful such an amazing personality and a heart of gold. He has left amazing memories and had such a great way of making everyone feel important. He would always make you feel like family.

Posted by R. Kathryn Campbell - Friend   January 16, 2021

Oh Marcia,
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet husband. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love!
Patty Caito-Psioda

Posted by Patty Caito-Psioda - Pittsburgh, PA - Coworker   January 16, 2021

My deepest condolences to you Marcia and Jeremy. I will always remember the many years we spent together when I was in Pittsburgh. May Alan's memory be a blessing.

Posted by Shelley Most - Warrington, PA - Friend   January 15, 2021

Alan was such a wonderful human being. He was my birthday twin. I will miss our goofy conversations about needing a passport to come see me in the North Hills. My his memory be a blessing.

Posted by Wendi Randall - PITTSBURGH, PA - Friend   January 15, 2021

I shared many good times and have fond memories of my friend and neighbor. We played golf many times in those early years in Lebo. My children grew up with Jeremy and we all spent time together. Alan had a great sense of humor and was a good friend. I am sad to say we lost touch in later years but the memories will not fade of those early days on Driftwood Drive. He surely will be missed by all.
My deepest sympathies to Marcia and the family.

Posted by Jay Levy - BRADENTON, FL   January 15, 2021

I had Mr. Cohen for World History in 2004-2005. His innovative teaching style was original, encouraged learning, and always was appreciated by us a rather tough accomplishment for high school students.

I'll always remember how kind and intelligent and helpful he was, and how much he truly cared about his students.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by George Dorfman - Boston, MA - Student   January 15, 2021

You don't know us, Marcia, but my husband, Ed, and I were long time gym friends of Alan's. It was with EXTREME sadness that we learned of his death.

I first met Alan at "Bally's" in the late 80s or sometime in the 90s, I believe. There were a group of "regulars" who were friendly. Alan and I quickly learned that we had mutual friends -well, actually, the Paranskys are first cousins as well as friends- and we knew of the special relationship between Jeremy and Noam. When the new LAFitness was built in Bridgeville, we continued our gym friendship and my husband joined us - often spinning together. (I regret that I never saw Alan engaged in Zumba!). Alan and I always talked about family and I knew how happy he was when Jeremy returned to Pittsburgh.

There was a period of time when I did not see him at the gym and I learned through the grapevine that he had been ill. When he returned, Ed and I were elated. "Alan's Back!!!!"

Alan was such a kind, sweet spirit. He was such a pleasure to be around. He will be in our hearts every time we walk into any LAFitness.

"Life is eternal and Love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."

With deepest sympathy,
Ilene Cohen-Leefer

Posted by Ilene Cohen-Leefer - Upper St. Clair, PA - Friend   January 15, 2021

Uncle Alan was always there for daughters' triumphs - recitals, breakfast with someone special, birthdays and holidays. His laughter is what we will remember the most along with his great stories. Our daughters remember fondly Alan fixing their bikes, shooting hoops, chalking in the driveway and always ready with a warm hug. Will miss him terribly.

Posted by Carol Rossetti - Pittsburgh, PA - Neighbor   January 15, 2021

Candle

In loving memory of a good man. May he rest in peace. Amen

Posted by Patricia Verba - Pittsburgh, PA - friend   January 15, 2021

Dear Marcia and Family,
So sad to hear this news. Alan was a true mensch. May his name always be for a blessing

Posted by Harold Marcus - Bala Cynwyd, PA - friend   January 15, 2021

My heart is broken. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Alan's passing. My teacher at Duquesne Senior High School from 1972-1976 and my dear friend for an additional 45 years. I have enjoyed the close relationship that I had with the Cohen family over the years. My heartfelt and deepest sympathies to Marcia, Jeremy, Rebecca, Isla, Kennedy and the entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Alan! You will be sorely missed and remembered with much love.

Posted by Lori Achtzehn - White Oak, PA - Family Friend   January 15, 2021

I am sending my deepest sympathy on the passing of Alan. What a special man.

Posted by Eileen Stein - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   January 14, 2021

Mr Cohen was my teacher I believe in 1979 at Duquesne Senior High School. What a nice, kind human he was.

Posted by Melissa Ramsey - West Mifflin, PA - Student   January 14, 2021

It was such a pleasure to know Alan during these past few years. He was such an inspirational person. Loved his sense of humor. He will be missed!

Posted by Charlie and Piligain - Melbourne, FL - Friend   January 14, 2021

Marcia i was so sad to see this i would ask about you two at bingo all the time I will keep you in my prayers i missed hearing about those great trips and those grandbabies

Posted by Kathy Lloyd - PITTSBURGH, PA - Friend   January 14, 2021