Wayne Alan Cohen, 66, died Jan. 18, at his home in Delray Beach, Fla.
He was born March 21, 1953, in Philadelphia, where his parents, Lorraine (Andisman) and Herbert Cohen, owned a store.
The family would later move to Atlantic City, where Wayne graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1971, three years after losing his beloved mother.
At 19, he began what would be a long and successful career with IBM, and also become a big brother to his sister, Lynda.
His father would give Alan — as he was known to his immediate family — his integrity, his strong sense of loyalty, his stubbornness and his inability to tolerate bull.
Wayne’s brilliant mind gave him success in business along with a wicked sense of humor that was honed from hours spent listening to old comedy records. It continued in the email age, when he would regularly forward funny stories.
Wayne was a lifelong bachelor, but found family in his friends. He never forgot a birthday or anniversary, and there were always specially picked surprises for those he cared about on the holidays.
One of his favorite things was to share a meal with his buddies.
His work took him all over the world, where he would revel in learning other cultures and trying every cuisine.
After retiring, Wayne continued to follow his passions, which included a love of spicy food that led to a side business selling hot sauces.
In 2006, the man who was never a big fan of children met the one who would rise above the rest, his only nephew, Brady Daniel Welsh.
Brady and Uncle Alan had a special bond that would include two-hour phone calls.
“I will miss his hilarious Christmas cards, funny stories about his mischievous childhood… but most of all I’ll miss the genuinely great person he truly was,” Brady wrote in a tribute to his uncle.
A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Emeth Shalom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
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