Local business icon named festival patron

Corrina Baggs
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The patron for the 2009 Exploits Valley Salmon festival has over 60 years of business history in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Boyd Cohen began his career in 1948 at his family's department store on Main Street in Windsor.

In 1953 he built the first Cohen's Furniture store in the community. The first location was attached to the family's department store.

Boyd Cohen has been named the 25th patron for the Exploits Valley Salmon Festival which begins today. He is shown here looking at an old Advertiser that contains an ad from when Cohen's department store celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The patron for the 2009 Exploits Valley Salmon festival has over 60 years of business history in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Boyd Cohen began his career in 1948 at his family's department store on Main Street in Windsor.

In 1953 he built the first Cohen's Furniture store in the community. The first location was attached to the family's department store.

Since then Cohen's Home Furniture has evolved in to a major chain.

Over the years, Mr. Cohen has developed strong business ties in the community earning him a position in the Business Hall of Fame.

Today he has moved on from the furniture business and now owns and operates Grand Falls Realty Company Ltd. among other real estate companies in the central area.

When he was sent a letter from the chairman of the Salmon Festival committee he took some time to consider the role of patron before accepting.

"The family thought it was nice and thought I should do it," he said.

As a lifelong resident of Grand Falls-Windsor, he has always had an interest in the community as well as in the business community.

"I was one of the founders of the Board of Trade," said Mr. Cohen. "I was the Lion's club president at one point and I've been president of the Rotary Club."

Mr. Cohen will be greeting guests at the annual Salmon Dinner on Thursday evening.

As part of his speech he will discuss how the community is handling the recent closure of the AbitibiBowater mill.

"I'm very pleased to see Grand Falls-Windsor is handling the situation so well," said Mr. Cohen. "Because it can be difficult times and people are handling it better than most other people expected.

"I've been through four recessions. You have got to keep looking forward. Sometimes in spite of everything, things get bad. But basically if you've got the right outlook then the majority of people will do okay. This doesn't happen overnight. It happens over a period of time. The right course to take is sure, steady, and don't make too many mistakes, and don't make the same ones twice."

Mr. Cohen said that time during the Salmon Festival is always special. While most of his family has other commitments during this time, his grandson will be visiting. They don't have any specific plans as of right now for specific events, however they will take in many of the events throughout the week.

Organizations: Grand Falls Realty Company, Board of Trade, Rotary Club

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Windsor

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  • Wayne
    June 28, 2010 - 14:49

    Nice to see this honor bestowed upon such a fine individual. Knowing Boyd from my days as a cable volunteer and since out in the community he has always treated me with the utmost respect. Once again congrats on being selected as this year's Salmon Festival Patron.

  • Brian
    June 28, 2010 - 14:49

    Mr. Cohen built his first furniture store the year I was born.

    Some thirty years later I had the great pleasure of meeting and having a business relationship with this business icon. Since then I have looked upon and taken great interest in his accomplishments. His love for this town is true. His love of business is what keeps him going. His love of family is unbreakable.

    I remember one day in a conversation with him and asking when he planed on retiring. His answer was
    I think my idea of retirement might be to one day work a 40-hour week.

    It is with great pleasure that my family and I express congratulations to Mr. Cohen and his family on being chosen the Festival Patron.

  • bob
    June 28, 2010 - 14:49

    I could,nt think of a better person to do this chore. All the best to you BOYD & it,s nice to know you & yours are well. Always loved talking to you & am proud of your service to CENTRAL NFLD. over all these years. God bless. BOB WALL.

  • Wayne
    June 22, 2010 - 16:05

    Nice to see this honor bestowed upon such a fine individual. Knowing Boyd from my days as a cable volunteer and since out in the community he has always treated me with the utmost respect. Once again congrats on being selected as this year's Salmon Festival Patron.

  • Brian
    June 22, 2010 - 16:04

    Mr. Cohen built his first furniture store the year I was born.

    Some thirty years later I had the great pleasure of meeting and having a business relationship with this business icon. Since then I have looked upon and taken great interest in his accomplishments. His love for this town is true. His love of business is what keeps him going. His love of family is unbreakable.

    I remember one day in a conversation with him and asking when he planed on retiring. His answer was
    I think my idea of retirement might be to one day work a 40-hour week.

    It is with great pleasure that my family and I express congratulations to Mr. Cohen and his family on being chosen the Festival Patron.

  • bob
    June 22, 2010 - 16:04

    I could,nt think of a better person to do this chore. All the best to you BOYD & it,s nice to know you & yours are well. Always loved talking to you & am proud of your service to CENTRAL NFLD. over all these years. God bless. BOB WALL.