Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel

492 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON


The Honourable Justice W. Wayne Cohen

June 26, 1934August 10, 2019

COHEN: The Honourable Justice W. Wayne - Our family sadly announces the passing of Wayne – a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather.

A man of honour; a man of justice; a life well lived. Loved by family and friends. Friends are invited to visit at the Arthur Funeral Home Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522) on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to ARCH or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Members of the Masonic Lodge are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm for a service for their late Brother Wayne Cohen.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019


The Honourable Justice W. Wayne Cohen

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David Stone

August 18, 2019

Wayne was an honoured and honourable judge, and a true friend. He served his Northeast colleagues directly, and Provincial judges across Canada indirectly, in many years of service on the OCJ Board. He gave solid advice to his Presidents. Wayne knew EVERYONE, it seemed, and offered to see if Hilary Clinton would speak to our CAPCJ national meeting when I was Pres! I liked to tell the joke that ends with the Pope coming out with Wayne to the Vatican balcony to bless the crowd. The straight-man says, "Hey. Who's that up there with Wayne?".
Rest in peace, my friend!

Suzanne McDonald

August 15, 2019

Wayne was a very kind and gifted man. I am indebted to both Wayne and Joan for launching my time at the University of Western Ontario. RIP Wayne you were a gentleman and a scholar.

Hugh Stevenson

August 14, 2019

On behalf of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service I wish to extend my sincere condolences during this sad time.

Chief Hugh Stevenson
And all members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service

robert irwin

August 14, 2019

I my am praying for the whole family.
Mike and Elizabeth and Mrs Cohen. In 1969, Mike was the drummer in our band. You people where the coolest among the cool parents as we practiced our tunes in and above your garage, Hard work and a passion for what you do at the time leads to great rewards. Thanks for the opportunity, thanks for the guidance.
Still playing Music, retired and a life well traveled with the best of people.
Rob Irwin

Lee Campbell

August 14, 2019

To the Cohen Family: Please accept our sincere condolences on Judge Cohen's passing. We spent considerable time in his court over the years in our professional capacity. We found Wayne very generous of his time and appreciated his no-nonsense approach!
May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Gary Burns and Lee Campbell, (retired police officers)

Jackie Jeffery

August 13, 2019

Joan and David and family. So sorry to hear Wayne passed. Heaven gained another Angel. We all had great times in v-town. He will be missed but not forgotten. Jackie Jeffery (hugs)

Marjoh Agro

August 13, 2019

So saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. My condolences to his family.
As others have said, Wayne was one of those senior judges who was quick to welcome the young newbies and offer his insight and wisdom, most often expressed with humour. I fondly recall his story telling in our judges' association hospitality suite, often into the wee hours. His dedication to the court and our association was appreciated more than I think he realized.
God bless and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Gerald Michel

August 13, 2019

My condolences to Joan and the Cohen family.

Wayne never stopped praising you Joan for your beautiful work on the Virginiatown and Lake Superior properties, he was very proud of you.

Wayne loved being a judge. He put his whole heart into his work and always tried to do right to those unfortunates who appeared before him.

He also worked very hard as the retired judges’ Northeastern representative, seeing that retired judges received the strongest representation in all our interests coming before the judges committee.

Wayne was a real friend who always kept me informed, called me at about 8:15 a.m. every morning, saying his Regional Senior Judge had to know what was going on. Wayne never refused an assignment and sacrificed himself to be a real team player. It was such a pleasure to have him as a good friend and we always enjoyed breakfast together when we were in each other’s community. Wayne, I look forward to seeing you again some day in the spirit world.

May God bless and protect your family.

Derik Brandt

August 13, 2019

A good man who was well respected in the community. My condolences. RIP.

Sal Merenda

August 13, 2019

What a wonderful person. We shared many hours together at Association meetings and at the various conferences for Judges. He was a serious, kind person yet he had an enormous sense of humour.

I will always remember his unique kernels of wisdom such as ,
" Oats make the horse go faster" , and " pay the money", when we discussed Board strategy ( which apparently worked). A truly remarkable gentleman that I remember with a smile on each us when we were together . We will miss you, friend.