Sheldon H. Cohen

Sheldon H. Cohen

June 22, 1949 - December 15, 2015

Sheldon H. Cohen

June 22, 1949 - December 15, 2015


Sheldon Cohen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

He was incredibly loving, caring, dedicated, generous and loyal. He was the life of the party, always telling jokes and making people laugh and smile. He was a proud resident of San Juan Capistrano, serving his community on the planning commission, open space committee and other various committees for many years. He was also a distinguished attorney and practiced law for over 30 years.

He loved life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, taking road trips, hiking at Zion National Park, barbecuing, and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils to name a few.

He made an impact on everyone that knew him. He will be forever loved and missed.

Sheldon is survived by his wife Lois, daughters Meredith and Allison, grandchildren Kai, Owen and Mischa and sister Barbara.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the:

San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation
Sheldon Cohen Memorial Fund
31103 Rancho Viejo Rd. Suite D-2133
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Please join us as we come together in honor of the life of Sheldon Cohen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, attorney, city servant and friend to many. Sheldon passed away suddenly on December 15th, 2015.

A Celebration will be held at Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano, at 1pm on January 30th, 2016. The park was built and funded due in part to Sheldon’s hard work and dedication to the city as a member of the city’s Open Space Committee. All are welcome, and are encouraged to share their favorite memories of Sheldon. If anyone has photos for inclusion in the slideshow, please post them to this event page by 1/20 or email to

There will be a gathering immediately following the Celebration, at Sarducci’s Restaurant at the Capistrano Depot, for anyone who wishes to attend.

Addresses for both locations are:

Reata Park
28633 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Sarducci’s Restaurant
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the San Juan Capistrano Space Foundation in Sheldon Cohen’s memory.

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11 responses to Sheldon H. Cohen

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  1. I remember Sheldon showing up at all of Allison’s games rooting her on and all her friends including me. He loved his Jack and hanging out with friends and family as often as possible. He forgave me for choosing his rival college University of Arizona :). He is such a kind man. Meg Lamoreaux

  2. The first time I met Sheldon, I was in California celebrating my 31st birthday. Lois and Sheldon were dating then. Lois and I had been (and still are) friends since we were 8. Sheldon came into the apartment all upset. It was Good Friday and he had been in court. The person he was defending had been adamant for weeks, that he was innocent. That day in court, he told the court that since it was Good Friday, he could not tell a lie and he was guilty. Sheldon felt so used but we privately thought it was an amusing story. That weekend, he and Lois took me to Las Vegas for a birthday celebration. We gambled for 36 hours and then came home. We had a great time. It was a wonderful introduction to Sheldon and his view of life. I came into contact with Sheldon a number of times as he and Lois made trips back to Lewisburg, PA– Lois’s hometown–for various reasons (or just to visit). His view of life stayed the same over the years; a little wry, somewhat sarcastic, but always totally in love with his wife and daughters. Never question that Sheldon Cohen’s family was the love of his life. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

  3. Justine Shaw says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have a photo, but have a vivid memory of Sheldon 20 plus years ago at Ambuehl. He played the role of Father Serra impeccably.
    He will be missed greatly by the community of San Juan that he served so well for 30 years.

  4. Merideth, and Allison paralleled my two oldest, Kensey and Breana, through elementary, junior high, high school, and UCLA. Whitney was also in the mix through softball! This association brought the Cohen family into our lives for close to thirty years.

    Sheldon was a loving husband, loving parent, professional, and a civic minded citizen. He exhibited great judgement, energy, and wit. He just “had it”, what a success in every sense.

    He loved baseball and played most Sundays in the park over the years. We coached together in Bobby Sox Softball and loved Cook Park, especially on Saturdays. We have been honored to have known him.

    Life goes on, sometimes we forget just why, What a guy, he will be missed.


    Bob Teubner

  5. Laura Anson says:

    I have lots of memories of Sheldon, but one that always makes me smile is the story of Happy, the turtle. Sheldon and I worked for the same law firm and had offices next door to each other. One day he came to work and seemed very downcast, which was so unlike him. When I asked what was wrong, he told me that Happy, the Cohen’s pet turtle, had escaped from the yard and couldn’t be found. He was really upset about this since the family had owned this turtle for years. Sheldon and Lois looked all over for the turtle for weeks, but Happy did not turn up. One day Sheldon showed up for work literally beaming and told me, “Happy is back!!” A neighbor had found Happy and returned him to the Cohens. I will never forget how ecstatic Sheldon was over getting that turtle back.

    I will forever miss joking around with Sheldon, and his wit, sarcasm, intelligence and overall warmth and good character. There really are no words that capture what a great guy he was. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Cohen family.

    Laura Anson

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