A veteran of the Vietnam War who also retired from the MTA and was an auxilary police officer, Cohen was a regular at press conference and public events in the borough, where he would take photos and converse with other photographers, reporters and officials. He was known for telling people his job “didn’t feel like work.”
Cohen spent more than a decade taking photos for the Queens Tribune and Press of Southeast Queens newspapers, and his photos would regularly grace the covers of both papers.
He is survived by two daughters, Rachel and Denise, and a brother, Barry.
Elected officials were among those responding to Cohen’s death this week. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) all issued condolences on Twitter.
Cohen’s funeral is to be held this Friday at 10 a.m. at Sinai Chapels, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway in Fresh Meadows. Burial will follow at Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd., Calverton, LI.