Kimberley, South Africa


Cohen (nee Cohen), Fay

Daughter of Solomon and Thelma Cohen born 27 January 1933 Kimberley

Married Nathan Cohen of Kimberley son of Sam and Fanny Cohen on 22 July 1956 see wedding picture on wedding page.

Worked with Nathan running the Savoy Hotel in Kimberley

2 children, Sam and Sandra

Died Johannesburg, 13 November 2016 aged 83

A gentle, kind and wonderful human being.

My dearest sister Fay was the kindest person I ever knew. She never had a bad word for anyone, she only saw the good in a person and always wanted to help.
My dearest Fay, you have been part of my life since I was born. You were my loving sister who always worried about me and watched over me.

I still remember when I started nursery school how you came every day at the playtime break to see if I was alright. You gave me confidence. When you finished school and started to work, your meagre salary was always used to buy me something.

You bought me clothes and food and helped me in my married life with so many things especially when we made Aliyah and you would regularly send me parcels to Israel. You were my confidant and I cannot remember us ever arguing and together with our brother Lennie we were three siblings who were very close to each other.

You Married Nathan (Natie) Cohen of Kimberley in July 1956. Here we all are:

Back row: Lennie (Webby) Cohen (bride’s brother), Norman Jawno and Leon Maresky (pole-holders)

Front Row: Leon Cohen – groom Nathan (Natie) Cohen’s brother, and parents Sam Cohen, Fanny Cohen, Hannah (Honeybee) Feinberg, Nathan and Fay, (the groom and bride), Sarah Cohen Goodman, (bride’s sister) and bride’s parents Solomon Cohen, Thelma Cohen.

You were a capable and loving person. You worked hard, especially in the Savoy Hotel which you ran together with dedication and perfection. You were loved by all because of who you were.

You had two lovely children, Sam and Sandra. You looked after your family with care and attention. and because of who you were, they were completely devoted to you and looked after you especially when you became ill. They were always at your side. How proud you were of your lovely grandchildren; we have many happy memories of wonderful times together.

From the first time that my husband Jack met Fay he was taken up by the wonderful warm-hearted and helpful person that she was, and they continued to have a very close relationship all the years. Jack, myself and our children, Shaun, Kim and Lisa will cherish your memory forever.

May you rest in peace

Your loving sister


See Sarah Goodman (née Cohen)’s own family entry and stories