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Barry Seymour Cohen, 53, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 20, 2014. He was 53 years old. A funeral service was held at the Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger officiating.

Barry was born in Miami, Florida on May 28, 1961. Son of Dr. Raymond Cohen (deceased) and Miriam Cohen-Shader, he was the third of four children. He graduated from Coral Gables High School and went on to complete the Disney Culinary Program. For more than 20 years, Barry worked as a certified chef throughout Walt Disney World earning an honorary gold ring for his loyalty and service. He reveled in treating family and friends to a magical day at the theme parks.

While working for Disney, Barry met Amanda Wolfe and they married in 1995. During their years together, the light of their lives was born in 1998, daughter Natalya Rachel Cohen. As a father, Barry was the epitome of devotion, pride, kindness, caring, warmth and humor. Barry was also this way with everyone else in his life. He enjoyed many of life’s simple pleasures, including competitive bowling, sipping espressos, seeing his friends at the JCC Fitness Center and rooting for his favorite football teams.

Barry is survived by his daughter, Natalya Rachel Cohen; mother, Miriam Cohen-Shader (Stanley); sisters, Loren London (Robert), Robin Cohen (Alan) and Shea Cohen; his nieces and nephews, Andra and Brent London, Ross and Jordan Cohen and Matthew and Danna Cohen. Barry was preceded in death by his beloved father and best friend, Raymond Cohen.

Barry’s accepting and warm spirit will be missed. May his memory inspire others to lend a hand to those in need of compassion, kindness or opportunity. Memorial contributions may be given to R.A.I.S.E. (Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees), by contacting Marisa West at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando: 407-645-5933, ext. 236 or mwest@jfgo.org. The RAISE program was inspired by Barry and created to help individuals with disabilities obtain employment opportunities. The family of Barry wishes to thank all those who have lovingly reached out in support.


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