Navy man gets proper burial af­ter ID ap­peal

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

A SAL­FORD man who died alone has been given a Jewish burial af­ter staff at Manch­ester’s Nicky Al­liance Day Care Cen­tre iden­ti­fied him as a reg­u­lar at­tendee.

Wal­lace Co­hen, 70, lived mostly es­tranged from the Jewish com­mu­nity in Lower Broughton. Af­ter fall­ing ill last week, he called for an am­bu­lance and was taken to Royal Sal­ford Hospi­tal, where he died.

He would have had a coun­cil burial had not Manch­ester Misas­kim, a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion for be­reaved fam­i­lies, posted his name on so­cial me­dia.

The day cen­tre’s Melissa Lowe recog­nised him and Nicky Al­liance man­ager Avrom Baker was able to for­mally iden­tify Mr Co­hen, al­low­ing the lo­cal coroner to re­lease the body for a Jewish burial, which was paid for by a spe­cial Manch­ester Beth Din fund. Mr Co­hen was buried at Rain­sough in Prestwich on Fri­day.

“This is a sad story,” Mr Baker said. “He served in the Royal Navy but had a dif­fi­cult life and had no fam­ily we were aware of.

“He came to the Nicky Al­liance cen­tre once a week, which was his only con­nec­tion to the Jewish com­mu­nity. We were able to look af­ter him in life and in death.”

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