Marc P. Cohen, known to all as Marc, passed away in Manchester, CT on June 17th, 2023, just one day after his 45th birthday. Born in Rockville, CT on June 16th, 1978, Marc, the man, the myth, the legend - he lived life to the fullest and left an indelible mark on everyone he met.
Marc was a man who understood the value of family and the importance of strong relationships. He is survived by his mother Gloria Coles of Stafford Springs, CT and he was predeceased by his father, Charles M. Cohen of Somers CT. He is also survived by his older brother Glenn and wife Kelley of Greenville, SC, younger sister Loni and boyfriend Chris of Storrs Mansfield, CT. Marc was inseparable from his childhood best friend, Jason McMeans, and the two shared countless adventures and memories together. He was a beloved son, brother, cousin, and friend to many. His presence at family gatherings and events will be deeply missed.
Marc visited his Mother 2-3 times a week to share a beloved oolong tea. He loved his pets Bandit, Titus, and Stewie. Marc bonded with the most distrusting animals with ease as they understood his kindness. He was always there for his Nana, playing Yahtzee and Australian rummy. Marc was a lifelong member of the Reddington Rock Riding club. He loved to ride Tyro, a horse the family kept in his childhood. Marc had a passion for his grandfather’s Bonneville and proudly took care of the car to ensure that it passed to future generations in the best condition possible. Marc felt at home in the garage or in the hangar with Dad. He loved to compare the performance, specs, or original finishes of classic cars. He bonded with his father by sharing that mutual interest, even attending the Skip Barber racing school with him.
Though Marc's formal education came from SUNY chef school and his attendance at Ellington High School, his true education came from the world around him and the people he met along the way. He was a lifelong learner and an avid conversationalist, always eager to engage with others and learn from their experiences. His interests were diverse and wide-ranging, including his passion for beer, cars, and music.
As an avid beer critic, Marc could always be counted on for an informed opinion on the latest microbrews and a willingness to share his knowledge with others. He was a gear head who loved car races and could often be found talking about trucks and audio gear with friends and fellow enthusiasts. A true music fan, Marc never said "no" to a concert, brewery, or sporting event, and his presence at these events brought joy to those around him.
Marc's love for people extended beyond his family and friends to the wider community. He cherished the relationships he formed with the people from Great Harvest Bakery, and he was always ready for a game of poker or a night spent hanging with his chosen family, which included anyone he met along the way. Marc was known for his wit and his ability to make people laugh, and his humor brought light and warmth to every room he entered.
Let us remember Marc not just for the life he lived, but for the lessons he taught us along the way. His unwavering love for his family and friends showed us the importance of nurturing and cherishing the relationships in our lives. His willingness to explore new interests and engage with new people taught us the value of remaining open to new experiences and the growth that can come from stepping outside our comfort zones. His humor and laughter reminded us that life is meant to be enjoyed and that we should never take ourselves too seriously.
In the words of Marc’s girlfriend, Faith, “Marc was a kind and responsible man, always willing to lend a helping hand to those around him. His warm smile and gentle nature were infectious, and he had a way of making everyone feel at ease in his presence.”
As we celebrate Marc's life and the impact he had on those around him, let us strive to carry his legacy forward in our own lives. Let us be inspired to love fiercely and unconditionally, to embrace new experiences and new people, and to find joy and laughter in every moment. In doing so, we will honor the memory of Marc P. Cohen and ensure that his spirit continues to touch the lives of those around us.
In conclusion, Marc's life was a testament to the power of love, laughter, and adventure. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all those who were fortunate enough to know him. Rest in peace, Marc P. Cohen – your life was a true inspiration, and you will be dearly missed. Cheers!
Calling Hours will be held at Manchester Funeral Home, on Saturday, July 8th from 9am till 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Marc's memory www.holeinthewallgang.org.