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

  1. Doug Howard says:

    Throughout most of the 1960’s, Sheldon was my best friend. We went to junior and senior high school together and palled around the Northridge neighborhood. We always rode in style to high school with Barbara as the chauffeur. There are too many stories and memories of our adolescence to count but most of them put a smile on my face to this day. I’m sorry we didn’t stay in touch as well as we should have over these past 50+ years. My heartfelt wishes of peace and strength go out to Sheldon’s family. Rest in peace my friend.

    Doug Howard

  2. Larry Kramer says:

    During my time on the City Council it was always a pleasure for Sheldon to be serving on the Planning Commission. He filled the position with integrity and intelligence. I was proud of the work that we did on the Open Space Committee. Our goals for open space were in alignment and I think the Committee did wonderful work thanks to the hard work of people who love San Juan Capstrano like Sheldon. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Larry Kramer

  3. Robert Beck says:

    I am truly sorry I missed the event. I have known Sheldon for most of his 30+ years as an attorney. Worked with him on several matters and always considered him a great friend and colleague.
    I was recovering from a bad case of the flu and just had to stay home and rest.
    I will truly miss his him.

  4. Chris Mercer says:

    I first met Sheldon when he and Paul Brennan were law partners in Orange County. I worked more closely with Paul but over more than 30 years I was able to get to know Sheldon as well. I last saw Sheldon at the reception held for Paul and his new wife Patti at Paul’s daughter’s home in San Juan Capistrano. Even though we had not seen one another for several years Sheldon and I were able to catch up quickly and, now more than ever, I value the time I was able to share with Sheldon that day. My thoughts go out to his family and all those who were able to call Sheldon a friend. Chris Mercer

  5. I’m so sad to see Sheldon has passed away. I too grew up with Sheldon in “The Valley”. We have our 50 year high school reunion next month. Thanks to Sheldon’s ride to school, I was able to attend Chatsworth High for which I am grateful.

    My heart goes out to his family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sheldon was always caring and fun. I’m sure he was a wonderful husband, dad and granddad. God bless you all.

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