Monday, April 23, 2012

Farewell to Yonkers musician Jack Coen

 "The parish church of St. Barnabas in the Irish enclave of Woodlawn where the North Bronx meets Yonkers is no stranger to celebrating Masses of Christian Burial and seeing folks crowd the pews in great numbers.

Last Thursday another Irish immigrant would be buried from there whose contributions to his adopted home in America were recognized as unique and significant, and “a national treasure” by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. as far back as 1991.

For a gentleman like John “Jack” Coen from Woodford, Co. Galway, the status of National Heritage Fellow stood alongside his other achievements living the American dream as husband, father, worker and citizen in the best way he knew how by simply being himself. 

Coen would have been 87 on April 18, and his departure at age 86 leaves a deep void."

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