Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet
NameDavid COHEN
Birth1863, Australia356
Death1942, Woollongong, NSW, Australia
FatherGeorge Judah COHEN (1820-1889)
MotherRosetta SOLOMON (1831-1907)
Notes for David COHEN
Married Maud Dean and had two children Gladys and Nea. I have taken his date of death from NSW BDM. Hope that it is the correct one. Not found in Rookwood.

David Williams writes:
“David Cohen was in later years a publican in Wollongong, Australia and his daughter Nea continued running The Royal Hotel in Wollongong after his death.1248

Obituary reproduced from The South Coast Times, 1942.1248


The South Coast Times

Late Mr. Dave Cohen

Good Citizen Passes

Dave Cohen is dead!

When that announcement was made at Wollongong shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday last, sincere expressions of regret were heard on all sides.
On Saturday morning he was out and about as usual and although during recent months his health had not been robust, he was always in happy mood and had a cheerful word for each of his host of friends, and acquaintances. His wit and humor were infectious.
Between one and two p.m. he had a seizure, and the end came with great suddenness at his home - the Royal Hotel.
Profound sympathy is expressed for his two daughters -Gladys (Mrs D. Todd) and Nea (Mrs Bembow) and their children. Also for his brothers, Harry and Bert.
The late Mr. Cohen was born at Tamworth 78 years ago - he would have been 79 years of age next April.
His wife pre-deceased him by 11 years.
Before coming to Wollongong 16 years ago he conducted hotels at Tamworth, Penrith and Woollahra.
On arrival at Wollongong, he took over the license of the Freemasons' Hotel, and it was not long before the hotel became a popular redezvous.
After five years at the Freemasons' Hotel (now Flinders Inn) he secured the license of the Royal Hotel, and has conducted same with outstanding success for the last eleven years, thanks to the help and co-operation of his daughter (Mrs. Bembow) and his brother Bert. The hotel staff has always been well selected and that in itself has been a factor in the premises becoming a popular house of call.
Dave Cohen was generally recognised as being the most honorable and generous hotelkeeper extant, and there are many resident in this municipality who will miss his generous actions.
It can be said that he progressed with the town and devoted much of the results of his labor to its public advancement, and while making a success of his own life and his business, he still found time to help his fellow man in the furtherance of community needs.
Most enduring monument - seen now in more ample perspective - is his work for the local band (of which he was patron) for all other bands, Rugby and Soccer football clubs, surf and cricket clubs, and many other Wollongong and district organisations. Into all of these activities he flung himself tirelessly but unobtrusively, with the result that he leaves behind him an honored and fruitful career.

The Funeral

The funeral which left his late home on Sunday afternoon for the Church of England cemetery was one of the most impressive seen in years.
While awaiting the casket being placed in the hearse the Steelworks Band, under the baton of Mr. J. Tougher rendered that beautiful hymn " Lead Kindly Light." The footpaths in the vicinity were thronged with residents and as the solemn notes of the band playing The Dead March sounded, it was noticed that many eyes were dimmed.
The cortege was a lengthy one - over 50 motor vehicles crowded with sympathisers being in attendance. Military men in the street stood to attention and saluted.
Hundreds of beautiful wreaths composed of delicately-hued flowers artistically arranged were just another of the many silent tributes to the great respect in which the deceased and hs family are held, while in the lengthy cortege all sections of the community were represented.
The Mayor (Ald. Pryor) and the Town Clerk (Mr. R. B. Bell) represented Wollongong Council, together with other representatives of Wollongong, North Illawarra and Central Illawarra Councils.
Members of Surf Clubs, cricket and football clubs were present in strong force, and most of the hotels throughout the district were represented.
After the Steelworks Band, came 30 members of the I.O.O.F. of which deceased was a member.
He was also a member of the Masonic Order and the Buffaloes.
There were six pall bearers - Messrs A. Lee and J. Wells (Masonic), W.Jones J. Jones (I.O.O.F.) N. Shelton (Surf Clubs) and J. Beaton (hotelkeepers).
Rev. R. C. M. Long, Rector of St. Michael's, officiated at the home, and also at the graveside.
Bro. W. Jones read the Oddfellows' service. A member of the Wollongong Scottish Pipe Band sounded "The Lament" and the Band rendered a hymn tune.
The funeral arrangements were in the hands of H. Parsons, of Keira Street, Wollongong.
Last Modified 16 Oct 2009Created 21 Mar 2024 by Jim Falk