Name: William D. Cohan
Born: September 11, 1923
Died: June 5, 2019 (95)
SMC Member: December 10, 1996 (22)
William Daniel “Bill” Cohan, 95, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C. Born Sept. 11, 1923, in Detroit, Bill attended Holy Redeemer and University of Detroit High School. Before graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. He served in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945 and was given an honorable discharge in 1945 with the rank of master technical sergeant. On the GI Bill, he then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in taxation from New York University. He practiced estate and trust law more than five decades. He also served as a board member of Art Centre Osteopathic Hospital in Detroit.
Bill lived most of his life in Grosse Pointe. He was a longtime member of the Detroit Athletic Club and Country Club of Detroit, as well as a member and commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club. He enjoyed sailing (15 Mackinac races), playing squash, golf (Michigan Seniors), reading and spending time with family and friends. He had a truly remarkable memory for the people and events that touched his life and he was never more energized than by simply enjoying the company of others. Bill and his wife, Mary, moved to Wilmington in 2009 to live with their youngest daughter, Christa.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Helen Cohan; brothers, Dan and George and sister, Barbara. He was the devoted husband for more than 70 years of Mary Grace Cohan, who also predeceased him.
He is survived and beloved by his six children, Dan Cohan (Cathy), Pat Cohan (Pam), Marty Cohan (Patti), Mary Kay Crescimanno (Mike), Ann Orders (Mark) and Christa Cullen (Lee Murray); 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
To honor their father’s wishes, a private family memorial service will be held. Donations may be made to St. Paul on the Lake Education Fund, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Manresa Retreat House at manresa-sj.org