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Alan 'The Original Florist' Cohen, Notable Brick Resident, Dies

Alan H. Cohen, also known as "Mr. Alan the Original Florist", 72, of Brick passed away on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at home.

He was born in Bronx, NY and grew up in Lakewood, where he graduated from Lakewood High School before moving to Brick.

He was a florist for over 50 years and a Brick municipal employee for over 25 years. Alan was one of the founders of the Brick Hospital Association, setting up annual fairs to fund-raise for the hospital.

Cohen was also a member of the Jaycee's and the Brick Democratic Club, as well as a commissioner for the Brick MUA. He was known as the number one Brick Dragon Football Fan – some say he bled green.

He also helped start Brick Summerfest.

Predeceased by his parents Edward and Shirley Cohen, Cohen is survived by his brother Robert Cohen, Freehold, many cousins and a multitude of friends.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5-8pm with a 7:30pm Service at The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River, NJ. Burial will take place on Thursday April 17, 2014 10am at Beth Olam Memorial Park, Lakewood, NJ. Condolences may be made by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. G. April 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Not a rightwinger, Vic.
Robert Talty April 16, 2014 at 07:16 AM
If people have problems w people, say or discuss ur gripes when the person is alive. No one is perfect!!
penny April 16, 2014 at 07:28 AM
I will always remember Alan for the generous, kind man he was. He donated whenever asked of him, and would help anyone. Ms. Maloney, you are right, Heaven will be a more beautiful place with Alan designing the gardens there. He was an extremely talented man with a very big heart. RIP Alan.
disgusted homeowner April 16, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Mrs. G, hold your tongue and don't badmouth the dead. Alan did alot to help get the Brick Hospital on track to be built going back to the 1970's with fundraising, etc. Give him some credit....
Janet C Suriano April 22, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I am truly sorry to hear of Alan's death, I was away and just found out. I was the cheerleading coach for Brick High School back in the 90's and Alan was truly our number one fan. He was very generous to the girls always donated beautiful center pieces for our banquets. I will always treasure his memory. He will truly be missed.

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