Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Renee E. Cohen

August 15, 1928December 24, 2019

COHEN, RENEE E., 91, formerly of Providence and Newport Rhode Island, and Palm Beach, FL died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Earle Cohen.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Gisela (Kornreich) Ehrick. Renee graduated from Brooklyn Friends School and Barnard College. For the past 20 years, Renee was a successful realtor in Newport, RI. Prior to that, she partnered with her late husband in a myriad of entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits including Artists International, a Providence-based performing arts company, the Millstone Restaurant in North Attleboro, MA, and the Hotel Viking in Newport. She particularly enjoyed volunteering to teach children math and sciences.

A consummate athlete, Renee was at an early age an accomplished equestrian, figure skater, and downhill skier. Her greatest passions were tennis and golf which she continued to play nearly every day through her late 80s. Particularly in tennis, she had unfettered love for the game, and was always encouraging to new players.

Renee enjoyed a robust social life and was blessed with wonderful friends. Before the age of mobile phones she told her friends to call her before 8 am or after11pm, if they wanted to reach her. She loved a good cocktail party, the philharmonic, traveling, and was always good for the go. She took her first nap at age 90. Hers was a life well-lived.

She is survived by her children Wendy Handler (Larry), Eric Cohen (Betsy), Jon Cohen (Nancy Donahoe), and Douglas Cohen; six grandchildren Michael (Lauren Elizabeth) and Josh Cohen (Allison) Jeffrey and Danielle Handler, and Will and Cha Cha Cohen; and two great-grandchildren, Beau and Wells Cohen. The family would like to thank Renee’s caregivers, Teona Kovziridze, Melissa Simmons, Ezra Health, and Good Shepherd Community Care for their devoted care and kindness.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 27th at 11:00AM at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave, Providence with burial following at Sons of Israel and David Cemetery, Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Potter League, Middletown, RI https://www.potterleague.org/support/ or Good Shepherd Community Care, 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA. Shiva will be private.


  • Funeral Service Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Burial Friday, December 27, 2019


Renee E. Cohen

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Kim Shore

January 7, 2020

Renee was a good friend to my Mom. They played tennis together for a lot of years. I met Renee as a young teenager when she and my mom picked me up (in Renee's car) from an equestrian event in Portsmouth - I can't even remember the circumstances - but I recall she was lovely and engaging and drove across a pasture in her car to get me (and my saddle) back home. She was generous and unassuming. Years later she graciously nodded to the staff when I had my wedding reception at the Viking.

My fondest memories of Renee are of my Mom calling me and saying "I just played tennis with Renee and we won." Renee was was a great lady.

Shawn Reynolds

December 27, 2019

Just a note to say so sorry for your loss.

Sharelynn (Share) Williams

December 26, 2019

To Renee and family,
Learning of Renee's death was a sad time for me,
especially as I had planned to drive to Palm Beach
from Sarasota after Christmas. I will miss her but have
nice memories to remember.
We played tennis together on the grass courts, in clinics and her clay courts at Bonniecrest. We also enjoyed talking and laughing at social gatherings such as parties, Libations, lunching, and sitting together on her Bonniecrest sofa. She taught me to use whipped cream in coffee and how to have fun with the froth. It was always good times. She liked to dress up which was fun too.
I'll miss her friendship and generous spirit. Renee, you were a nice, very special lady. May the sun continue to shine on you.

Eileen Brown

December 25, 2019

To Renee’s family,
I was very sorry to read about the death of Renee, a friend of mine for almost
40 years.
We played a lot of tennis in those days, mostly at The Pop Flack Courts at
Aquidneck Park in Newport. Renee usually had her 2 sons there, Jon and Doug.
Please accept my deepest sympathy at this most difficult time.
My prayers and thoughts are with the Cohen Family.
May she Rest In Peace.
Eileen Brown

Steven and Kathy Lewis

December 25, 2019

Your mom was a wonderful person . I remember her from 45 years ago from playing Tennis at Moses Brown . We connected again in Newport at Bonniecrest. She was always so warm and friendly especially one winter when we lived as neighbors and she treated us to dinner at the hotel . I am sure she will be missed by all of you .
With sympathy always ,
Steven and Kathy Lewis

Joseph McDevitt

December 25, 2019

Dear Cohen Family,

Saddened to hear of your mother passing... many happy and fun memories with all of you, especially your mom and dad. Whether by the pool at 265 Oaklawn, out skating/skiing, in your basement, or going out for a pizza, generosity and kindness were always abound. On behalf of the McDevitt family, our sympathies for your loss.

Joe McDevitt Jr.