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“Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time of grieving. Please know that you are not alone in remembering a truly wonderful person that...Read More »
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“Joel was a kind man and will be greatly missed. It was my pleasure to work with him volunteering. Brinna and myself will miss him and keep him in...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Susan Brock

“A true gentleman, loving husband and father, proud grandfather and great grandfather--a life lived to the fullest. We shared some wonderful memories...Read More »
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“Joan, Kathleen, Dennis and Terri,We are deeply saddened by your loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We, as...Read More »
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“My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Cohan. He will be greatly missed. May the God of all comfort give you comfort during this difficult...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Theola Gray

Joel C. Cohan, 85, of Bolton, beloved husband of 61 years to Joan (White) Cohan, entered into eternal peace at Hartford Hospital, on Friday, April 14, 2017. Joel was born in Worcester, MA, on June 8, 1931 to the late Joseph and Beatrice (Jandron) Cohan. He was a cum laude graduate from the College of The Holy Cross in 1953, and earned his Master's Degree at Trinity College in Hartford. He proudly served our country as a United States Marine, serving from 1953 - 1955. Joel started his life long insurance career at Connecticut General Insurance Company where he met the love of his life, Joan White. They were married in 1956, moved to Enfield for five years and added three children to their lives. They moved to South Windsor and he began working at Phoenix Mutual in 1961 through 1984 as Vice President, Group Pension Sales and Pension Trust Operations. He was President of the Parish Council of St. Margaret Mary Church as well as a member of both the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1981 the Cohan Family moved to Bolton where Joel served with the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of St. Maurice Church. Joel retired in 1995 from LIMRA as a Management Consultant and ended his career as an Independent Pension Consultant in 2003. He is survived by his loving wife Joan Cohan; his son Dennis Cohan and his wife Margaret (Stapleton) of Madison; his daughters Kathleen and her husband Kevin Comeau of Shelton, Terri and her husband Jeffrey Koepper of South Windsor; his brother Robert Cohan and his wife Marilyn, of Beverly MA; grandchildren Amanda and Christopher Comeau, Joseph and Elizabeth Cohan, Jacquelyn (Koepper) and her husband Sean Hollowwa, Morgan (Koepper) and her husband Michael Panora, Stefanie (Koepper) and her husband Lucien Bolduc; his great grandchildren Charlie, Henry, Peter, and Katherine Hollowwa. Aside from his parents, Joel was predeceased by his brother John J. "Jack" Cohan. A Catholic Mass in celebration of Joel's life is being held at 11 am on Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Maurice Church, 32 Hebron Road, Bolton, CT. There are no calling hours and interment will be private. Joel will be sorely missed by those who knew him. Joan is grateful and thankful to all who offered support during his illness - family, many friends, Kathy and the staff at Option Care Infusion Services, Jackie at Hartford HealthCare and the staff at Hartford Hospital. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Joel's memory may consider performing a random act of kindness, or making a donation in Joel's memory to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, 401 Hackensack Avenue, 9th Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601. For online condolences and directions please visit