Tuesday, 3 September 2019

‘A splendid fellow’ Lionel F. Cohen 1926-2019

Away from the Israel/Palestine beat this month. My father passed away last week and I thought I'd share the eulogy I gave at his funeral and some further thoughts about his life.

Here's an extract:

"Inevitably, the death of a parent takes you to a place of deep reflection. How can you measure their life and draw meaning from more than 90 years of events and relationships? What made them the person they were? How did they touch the lives of others? And what thinking and behaviour have become your inheritance? Every life is unique and special however ordinary it may have looked from the outside. My father led an outwardly unremarkable life but lived through remarkable times as both a European Jew and British citizen. As an adult, I came to love and respect the way he had lived his life more and more. My father was dignified, responsible and caring. What better role model could I have had."

Read the full post at Patheos 

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