Cohen was provincial judge

Sault Star File Photo Justice Wayne Cohen speaks with Justice Andrew Buttazzoni during a retirement party held in Cohen's honour at Canadian Busplane Heritage Centre in June 2009.

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Ontario Court Justice Wayne Cohen served on the bench for more than 30 years.

He died last Saturday. Cohen was 85.

The Sault Ste. Marie native graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1960 and was called to the bar two years later. Cohen was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1975.

He was named a provincial judge for the District of Algoma in 1978. The Sault Collegiate Institute was “greatly honoured” by the appointment to replace Justice Harold Peterson.

I will strive to uphold the tradition of integrity set by my predecessors,” he told The Sault Star at the time.

Cohen retired in June 2009 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for judges.

His work ethic was inspiring. he was resolute and fearless, yet compassionate and caring,” said Justice Norm Douglas in an online tribute.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday at Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre.

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