500 mourn ‘happy’ Andrew

FAMILY: Andrew with Hannah and children Brody and Orly

MORE than five hundred mourners attended the funeral of a 41-year-old accountant who suffered a fatal heart attack while running with a friend.

Father-of-two Andrew Cohen, of Hale, was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital but never regained consciousness.

A former Manchester Grammar School pupil, he read history at Birmingham University.

Lifelong friend Jason Stein told the Jewish Telegraph: “We will miss him every day and we know that his personality will live on.

“He’ll be with us every step of the way kicking every ball, heading every header and cheering every goal.”

Andrew was a familiar face at Old Trafford home, watching Manchester United, as well as following the team across Europe with Mr Stein and friends.

Three generations of his family were all season ticket holders.

The club told the Jewish Telegraph it would be writing to the family.

Mr Stein continued: “From celebrating with him in Madrid and Stockholm to moaning in Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Andrew — or Coco as we all knew him — loved watching Manchester United.

“But more than just watching them play he loved doing so in the company of his friends and family, especially his amazing football mad son Brody.

“Most of the time, being surrounded by his nearest and dearest was as important to Andrew as the result and a good meal could paper over even the worst result.”

He added: “Andrew would spend hours sorting tickets, making arrangements and planning trips for us all to go on.

“He was the centre of our world and what Coco said was always what would happen.”

Andrew’s father Michael Cohen said: “He was a joker, a very happy boy and had a very warm personality.

“He was family orientated with his brother and sister, and was always at the centre of his various friend groups of all ages.

“That was his gift — he was able to connect with older and younger generations as if they were all the same.

“A friend of mine was a friend of his, and his younger son was also a friend — he was friends with every generation.”

Mr Cohen added that his son helped 2,500 young boys play football every week by running the Salford City Boys Football League.

He said: “He really did enjoy his football.”

At South Manchester Sports Club, he took on many voluntary roles.

Chairman Jonathan Davis said: “Andrew is irreplaceable.

“He was our accountant, treasurer and even ran his son’s juniors team. He loved what he did.

“He didn’t realise how good he was. To say he will leave a massive hole is an understatement. We are all devastated.”

All South Manchester Sports Club’s matches were called off on Sunday as a mark of respect.

Andrew is survived by wife Hannah, children Orly and Brody, parents Sally and Michael and siblings Victoria and James.

Rabbi Amir Ellituv officiated at the funeral at Southern Cemetery.

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