Lyon Cohen – Leonard Cohen’s Grandfather
Lyon Cohen (born May 11, 1867; died 1937), Leonard Cohen’s paternal grandfather, was the eldest son of Lazarus Cohen, who came to Canada from Lithuania in 1869, and the father of four children, the oldest of whom, Nathan Bernard Cohen, was the father of Leonard Cohen.
Born in 1868, Lyon Cohen was a businessman and a philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Jewish Times, the first Anglo-Jewish periodical in Canada; treasurer of the Montreal Reform Club; former President of Jewish Colonization Association in Canada, Baron de Hirsch Institute, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Canadian Jewish Congress 1919, Montreal Va’ad Ha’ir; organized Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. He died in 1937