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Tuesday December 11, 2012

William B. Cohen
November 21, 1932 -
December 9, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family of William B. Cohen announces his peaceful passing on December 9th, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California with his wife Bernice by his side. He was 80 years old. William's greatest source of pride was his family, who surrounded him with love in his final days. The family would like to thank all of his caregivers who were so supportive over the last few years. William B. Cohen was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 21, 1932, the middle child of five children of Lily and Morris Cohen. He demonstrated his belief in hard work and his devotion to family at a very young age: William was just 9 when he began earning money to help support his mother and siblings. By the time he reached his early 20s, William began a lifelong role at the forefront of the recycling industry with his first business, ABC Scrap Iron and Metal. In 1961, he married Nancy Haas from Montreal, Quebec and the two started their family in Calgary. William later parlayed his early success with ABC into two even larger entities known as Scrap City and Shred-A-Can. On August 3, 1980, William married his beloved wife Bernice. In 1986, William and Bernice move to La Jolla, California where William started a new business - 20/20 Recycling. To aid the expansion of 20/20 Recycling, William and Bernice moved to Northern California in 1988. William continued his leadership in the recycling industry with ABC Recycling until William's retirement in 2002, when the Cohen's moved to Beverly Hills, California. William, whose first language was Yiddish, was a lifelong supporter of Jewish causes throughout his life. He served as President of the Shaarey Tzedek synagogue in Calgary, President of Calgary Jewish Community Council and was a leader in countless other Jewish and secular organizations and causes. William was honoured at the JNF Negev Gala Dinner in 1984 for his community involvement. In his final years, William battled Parkinson's disease, yet maintained his great dignity and optimism throughout. William will be sadly missed but always celebrated and admired by his wife Bernice, his brothers Bernard and Meyer and his sisters Ruth and Dianne. Included in his legacy are his children, Robert Cohen (Jill Leiderman), Mark Cohen (Danielle Steiner), Joel (Sandi) Cohen and his stepchildren Deborah Anschell (Howard Shiffman) and Jonathan Anschell (Abigail Goldman). William also took tremendous pride in his grandchildren: Rachel, Samara, Jonah and Sarah. Graveside service for the family was held at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills, California on Monday, December 10th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Cohen scholarship at Camp B.B. Riback in Pine Lake, Alberta where William, his children and grandchildren spent so many great summers. Memorial service to follow this January in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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