Albert H. “Big Al” Cohen, 89, of Frederick, Md., died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at his residence.
He was the husband of the late Etta Fleisher Cohen, who died March 29, 2008.
Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Frederick, a son of the late James Robert Cohen and Rose Harrison Cohen, he grew up in Hagerstown and graduated from Hagerstown High School, then moved back to Frederick. He then served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942 to 1946, as a captain in the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Corps of Engineers, where his courage earned him a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. In 1947, he became a professional engineer and returned to Frederick and founded Frederick Construction Co. Inc., which erected many local industrial and commercial facilities, such as schools. He was instrumental in the building of the Capital Centre arena in Landover, Md. He was also serving on the board of the Capital Centre, the Washington Bullets and Wizards, the Washington Capitals and the board of the Verizon Center. Upon retirement from Frederick Construction in 1982, he partnered with his son, Randy, in Hickory Plains Farm, a multiple-stakes-winning racing and thoroughbred broodmare operation in Monrovia, Md.
Albert was the last of his immediate family.
He is survived by a son, Randy Cohen, and wife, Susan, of Ijamsville, Md.; and a granddaughter, Alyse Cohen, who is presently doing her graduate studies in London, U.K.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Robert E. Dailey & Son Funeral Homes, P.A., 1201 N. Market St., Frederick. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon, at Beth Shalom Community Center, 1011 N. Market St., Frederick, with Rabbi Morris Kosman officiating.
Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Cohen’s name to the Al and Etta Charitable Foundation, 3800 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 for the Hilgenberg Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center.
Online condolences may be made at www.daileyfuneralhomes.com.