June 30, 1939 – June 10, 2019
— Eugene Cahen, 79, surrounded by loving friends and family, passed away on June 10th, 2019 at McGregor Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio following a brief illness.
He leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Marty and Susan; his niece Cherie Gold, her children Jarrad and Jillian; his nephew Farley, his wife Kasey and their children Oliver and Benjamin; his nephew Todd and his wife Sue; sister-in-law Liana; Jeanne Glazer, his aunt; and many close friends.
Born and raised in Cleveland, the son of Ted and Rose, brother to Marty and George, he was a lifelong resident of Cleveland and resided in the Shaker Square area for more than 50 years.
In his early years, Mr. Cahen worked the soda fountain at Ashwood Drug and apprenticed at Ben-San Jewelers learning the family jewelry trade. After graduating from John Adams High School in 1957, he attended Case Western Reserve University, graduating in 1961. During that time, he worked for his beloved uncle Sam Glazer in his real estate development company. He went on to receive his law degree from Western Reserve University School of Law.
After graduating, he accepted the position of primary legal counsel at Gray Drug, heading up lease negotiations and acquisitions for over 100 locations throughout Ohio. He, along with his younger brother George, owned and operated Treatment and Fragrance in Pavillion shopping mall in Beachwood. He not only took great pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time there.
Eugene had a passion for collecting antiques, pottery and many various objects d’ art. His collection numbered in the thousands of beautiful and unique pieces. Eugene was always very kind and generous by gifting his friends and family with cherished treasures throughout the years. An avid horticulturist, Mr. Cahen’s home was a virtual greenhouse. He very much enjoyed gardening and grew a multitude of fruits and vegetables on his outdoor deck where he and friends spent much time.
Eugene loved animals and over the years, he owned a number of birds. His most beloved parrot, Baby, was a constant companion for decades.
A graveside funeral service will take place at Lincoln Cemetery, Cedar-Sinai section located at W. 54th St. and Theota in Parma, Ohio on Wednesday, June 12th at 11am.
Following the service, friends and family are welcome to gather and celebrate Eugene’s life at the home of his friends Jessica and Richard Gurbst, located at 2099 Lamberton Rd., Cleveland Hts, 44118.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice in Eugene’s name.
- Graveside Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
June 13, 2019
Yesterday we laid to rest my sweet and loving uncle E. The day was perfect and as in life, he was surrounded by the people who loved him and whom he loved dearly.
Thank you so much to everyone that attended yesterday and those who helped Eugene in recent weeks and months.
I love you all so much.
June 13, 2019
My condolences to Eugenes Family.....He was one of a kind with his wicked sense of humor and loyalty to his family and friends.....
Kathy and Roberto Leoni
June 12, 2019
I am deeply saddened to have read about the passing of Eugene, my thoughts go out to the entire Cahen family at this most difficult time. I got to meet Eugene through Todd in about 1978 and recall going to his place in Shaker Square. I was amazed at the amount of antiques and plants he had inside and on his balcony, it was like a mini museum of stuff. He then asked me if I liked vodka, so being underage to drink I said sure! He proceeded to open his freezer to a collection of various types of his favorite elixirs. I took a shot and it was great! I now store all my vodka in the freezer thanks to Eugene, he got me hooked on having my vodka straight from the freezer. I hope that puts a smile on everyone's face during such a sad time for those who had the pleasure of knowing him over the years.
RIP Eugene, you will be missed by all who knew you and loved you!