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Lawrence P. Cohen

December 23, 1939 - December 26, 2021

Lawrence P. Cohen

December 23, 1939 - December 26, 2021


Obituary For Lawrence P. Cohen

PEABODY - Lawrence P. Cohen - a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts until his retirement in January of 2005, died unexpectedly on Sunday December 26,2021. He was 82 years old.

Born in Schenectady, NY, Judge Cohen lived in Peabody since 1969. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1963, and from the Albany Law School in 1966.

After his graduation from law school, he served as a trial attorney with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1966 to 1969. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1969 through November 1970, when he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
In June of 1976, then serving as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, he was selected and appointed to become a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Massachusetts - a position he held for some twenty-nine years until his retirement in 2005.

Mr. Cohen is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 57 years, Carol (Murray) Cohen. He was the loving father of Jeffrey P. (Amy) Cohen of Armonk, NY, Timothy M. (Christina) Cohen of Lexington, MA, Jill Cohen (Richard) Gent, of Pepper Pike, OH, and the late Brian C. Cohen. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Barrie Cohen, of Ft. Myers, FL, his sister, Jane (Cohen) Frankel of Wexford, PA, and ten beloved grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Will, Ryan, Jack, John, Matthew and Emma Cohen and Brian, Brandon and Sarah Gent.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody, Monday, January 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Peabody. All attendees are required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. The funeral Mass will be streamed live at www.stjohnspeabody.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's memory to the Brian C. Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Dean College, 90 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038, or to St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St John the Baptist Church, Peabody, MA. For directions and online guestbook please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.

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  • I am so very sorry for the families loss,I knew Me Cohen thru his dental office,he was funny and kind,and one of my favorite patients.He will be missed

  • My heart goes out to Carol and the family. Larry leaves a legacy of kindness and love for his family, his work, the Federal Court in Boston and all the people who worked there no matter what capacity. On a personal note, I give Larry all the credit for his brilliance at a time that few knew how to write computer programs. He taught himself and created computer programs that enabled the Probation office to collect important sentencing data and keep the court informed on the impact certain laws had on the lives of defendants. I treasure every moment and idea that Larry shared with me. Larry was indeed a very special and humble person never seeking praise for his accomplishments.

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