Remembering Ira

To The Editor:

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of the Tribune’s premier photographer Ira Cohen. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation was so fortunate, for he attended all of our Spring Dinner Dances and our “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festivals,” taking unbelievable pictures for your newspaper. At our dinner dance on June 1, 2013, in spite of a monsoon rainstorm, he was there. During our Dinner Dance Ceremony, due to the proximity of Memorial Day, we always ask all of our veterans to come forward and introduce themselves. At that time, Ira stated he was a Vietnam veteran. We invited him to come up and be acknowledged.

Then we saluted all of our veterans, our heroes, and thanked them for their service. All these years and we didn’t know that this personable professional and excellent photographer was also a Vietnam veteran and a hero. Ira will be missed.

Maria Thomson,
Executive Director,
Greater Woodhaven