Lantana, Fla. – Allan Jay Cokin, of West Palm Beach, Florida died on January 1, 2014. He was the son of the late Louis Cokin and Elise Cokin Broming. He was a world class, professional bridge expert, highly respected and liked by his colleagues.
He is survived by his sisters, Elaine Guzzardi and Jeri Broming (Charles) as well as stepchildren Matt Zealy (April), Marshall Zealy, Michael Zealy and Meredith Ostrow and grandchildren Hunter and Colton Zealy.
He is also survived by nieces Lenore Wait (Chris), Emma Broming, Lilly Broming, Madeline Broming and Rachel Guzzardi and by nephew Sam Guzzardi.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Philip Kates died December 30. He was the husband of Dorothy (Levow) Kates for 63 years. Born in Portland, Maine, he was a son of the late Samuel and Bella (Cope) Kates.
He was a graduate of the University of Maine and had worked in the New Bedford area for many years in retail. He was a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation and was a Shriner and a Mason.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Sheryl Kates of Newton, Todd Kates of Newton and Steven Kates and his wife Susan of Needham; his sister Beryl Zecker of Framingham; his grandchildren, Heather and Brooke Porder, Vitaliy Kates and Adam and Sara Kates; and several nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, 200 Hawthorne St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or to United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston, Inc., 71 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.
CRANSTON – Leo Kaufman died January 9 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. Born in Providence, a son of the late Morris and Gertrude (Broomfield) Kaufman, he had lived in Warwick, then Florida for 41 years, before moving to Cranston in 2009.
He served as a Navy Seabee during WW-II, stationed in Okinawa and China, and was a member of the Seabee Veterans of America. On September 28, 2013, he was among the largest contingent of veterans to be flown on The Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial.
He is survived by his daughter, Meredith Kaufman Ricci, his grandsons, David G. and Michael J. Ricci, his son-in-law, John M. Ricci, his brother, Melvin Kaufman, his sister-in-law, Francine Kaufman and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his seven siblings.
Contributions may be made to Seabee Veterans of America, 189 School Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
BURBANK, Calif. – Alvin Maurice Krasner died December 19. Born in Providence, July 7, 1928 to the late Jacob and Lillian Krasner, he was one of five children. He was married to the late Irma Krasner and was the father of the late James Howard Krasner. He is survived by his son Sheldon and two grandchildren. He spent many loving years with his partner, Arlene Kelman.
He was a Navy Pilot in World War II. He received a Ph. D. in the field of hypnotherapy. He was a member of the Masons, The Civil Air Patrol and was a recreational pilot. He founded The American Institute of Hypnotherapy, and a Ph.D. program. He authored “The Wizard Within,” still used as a textbook.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.