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Kevin Cohen, 28, always on the go

 

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Kevin Cohen loved to watch college and pro football – he always rooted for the underdog – and his favorite hobby was playing the keyboards in his New York City apartment, where the door was always open to friends.  

 

Single, he possessed both boundless energy and a kind heart; he was the kind of guy who would call a friend’s mother, a widow, on Thanksgiving, and wish her well.  

 

“I told him (recently), ‘Kevin, why don’t you slow down a bit?’ his mother, Marcia, of Edison, recalled. “He said, ‘Mom, I believe in living life to the fullest.’”  

 

Mr. Cohen, 28, a desktop support person for eSpeed, was working on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when the first hijacked airplane crashed into it on Sept. 11. His roommate, Scott Schertzer, 28, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, eSpeed’s parent company, was also among those lost.  

 

Mr. Schertzer and Mr. Cohen attended J. P. Stevens High School in Edison together. Mr. Cohen went on to graduate from Western Oregon State College. He continued his studies in computers and became a Microsoft Certified Professional. Mr. Cohen then worked for Lucent Technologies before joining eSpeed a year and a half ago.  

 

“He worked hard and played hard,” said Neil Cohen, his brother. “The guy was always on the go. He had more energy than anyone.”  

 

“He had a great attitude,” Marcia Cohen said of her son. “Nothing got him down…He would call up and say, ‘Mom, I’m coming in and taking you out (for an anniversary or special occasion).’ It’s not like he was married and knew these things. He was single.’”  

 

Mr. Cohen loved to play and listen to music; his favorite groups were Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead. In recent months, he had started exercising in earnest, running 5-8 miles a day, and was proud of the shape he was in.  

 

Described by his mother as “always smiling, always happy-go-lucky,” Mr. Cohen wasn’t one to think much of or plan for the future.  

 

“Kevin wasn’t the type of individual who made long-range plans,” said Barry Cohen, his father. “He lived day-to-day.”  

 

Besides his parents and brother, Mr. Cohen is survived by his grandfather, Lou Nover of Manalapan.  

 

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