Deceased Information


    Sharon and Max Cohen

  • AGE

    75 and 76


    Monday, October 31, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, November 29, 2022


    12:00 PM




    No streaming


    The family will be receiving guests from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

    750 Park Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30326



    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Sharon and Max Cohen, who died tragically and unexpectedly on October 31, 2022. They met in the library at college, fell in love, and were married for 54 years.

    Sharon was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. She obtained her Radiology Associates Degree from Emory University, where she met Max, the love of her life. Sharon was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. She was a radiantly beautiful woman inside and out.  She brought light to the world and touched the hearts of all she met.  She was always helping others.  She loved all animals but mostly her beloved dogs. She enjoyed nature, hiking, music, and dancing.  Her laugh would brighten any room. For years Sharon worked out every day at the Ravinia Club and served in various capacities on their executive board.  Throughout her life, Sharon was deeply involved in the lives of her children, and she often volunteered at their schools. She particularly loved doting on her 5 amazing grandchildren and her many grand-nieces and nephews. A few years ago Sharon and Max acquired a home on Jekyll Island and spent much of their time there biking, boating, cooking, and relaxing together. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Nellie Slesnick and her sister, Roslyn Slesnick.

    Max was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. From early childhood Max always wanted to become a dentist. He received his Dental Degree from Emory University at the young age of 21.  He practiced dentistry in Atlanta for more than 50 years, including cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. He was a very popular clinical instructor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Dental College of Georgia (Augusta University). He was also a member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Northern District Dental Society, Hinman Dental Society, Pierre Fouchard Academy, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Flying Dentists Association. Max was brilliant and could fix absolutely anything.  He was kindhearted, generous, and always helped those in need.  He had a great sense of humor, quick wit, and loved to make people laugh.  Max was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.  He was passionate about flying and spent most of his free time working on his planes or flying them with his brother, son, daughter, and grandchildren. Max was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Latifa Cohen.

    Max and Sharon were also preceded in death by their son, Joseph Phillip Cohen.

    They are survived by their other two children Ben (Sarah) Cohen, Sandi (Sean) Cohen Hennessy, grandchildren Max, Casey, Laura, Audrey, and Anna and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Max is also survived by his siblings Rachael (Bill) Brown and Ralph (Benita) Cohen.

    Max and Sharon will be dearly missed by their family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in their honor to The Atlanta Humane Society, Adopt a Golden of Atlanta, or the charity of one’s choice. 


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  • Mary Catherine Millkey

    Sandi, I am broken-hearted for your family for the tragic and untimely loss of your parents. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Paula Duvall

    Dearest Sandi, No words can describe how sorry I am for you and your families lose. I had the the pleasure of knowing many of your family members from Peachtree Dekalb Airport. Your Mother was as beautiful on the inside as the outside. She was such a lady, I can still picture her sitting there waiting on Dr. Max so patiently while he was late due to an work related emergency one particular evening. He must have been close to an hour late. I chatted with your Mother for a few moments and would check on her continuously. I’d never seen your Father this late before. Even Andreas, one of the owners doted on your Mother making sure she was comfortable bringing her a glass of wine, he was determined to make her wait as pleasant as possible. Everyone loved your Mother at PDK. Your Mother’s demeanor never once changed considering the long wait. It just struck me what an elegant lady she was. When your Father arrived she smiled that gorgeous smile of hers and just glowed with her own beauty and the love she had for your Father. I was the regular person whom always waited on your family however, that particular evening I wanted to share with you as it still lingers in my mind. Their love and devotion to each other was so obvious, I’d like to believe your parents had a love for each other that fairytales are written about. Your Father and his brother were absolutely wonderful as were their friend, a plastic surgeon ( I can’t remember his name ) whom I regularly waited on a daily basis. They always had their game on upon who got the check that day! They were a hoot but very serious about who I was to present the check to. I could share some stories that would have you crying in laughter about one out doing the other in paying for lunch or dinner. Happy memories, I must say. Except for one evening your family had a large dinner party that Dr. Max told me before everyone arrived to make sure he got the check. Oh my goodness unbeknownst to me another colleague of your Father’s an eye surgeon was paying his own check at the bar and paid your Father’s check unbeknownst to me. Boy, that was an evening to remember for me! Dr. Max said, “Paula, I told you to make sure I got the check” who in the world paid this. The eye surgeon had told the owner not to say who picked up the check… Needless to say after a few moments your Father figured it out and everyone was laughing at the situation. I want to share a story with you that I don’t even know if you are aware of. I was experiencing tooth pain at work one day. Dr. Max told me to call his office and make appointment ASAP. I was worried due to not having dental insurance at this time. As it turned out out I required a root canal and a crown. When I inquired about the cost your Father paid me no attention at all acting like he never heard my question. Of course I had the nitrous on as your Father numbed me and performed the needed procedure. He placed a temporary crown on saying he would see me back as soon as the permanent crown came in. When I went to the receptionist Chris, ( pretty sure that was his name, this was before Sally ) I ask about the dental charge and if I could set up a payment plan Chris informed me there was no charge. I was shocked but very thankful for you Father’s generosity. This was before you even joined his practice. During this time period my daughter fell on hard times with 3 young children having to move in with me. I was the only one working so it was certainly tough financially on me. I often spoke of my grandkids as Grandmother’s do. I never mentioned that I was the sole supporter nor would I. I do recall my daughter coming in to get money one day, your Father saw it since his regular table was close to the entrance and podium where we kept our purses. Although nothing was ever said I believe he knew I was struggling to provide for 3 grandkids & my daughter during this period of my life. He knew I was always working from opening to close many days. Although nothing was ever said I believe in my heart that’s why he told Chris my procedure was no charge. That’s the man your Father was. I will never forget his kindest and caring about others. Of course I did eventually obtain a position with State Farm, great dental benefits. I was not only your Father’s patient but eventually became your patient. I think of you often and so happy you have married and have 2 beautiful girls. I miss you and your family as I had to relocate. I’m thankful and honored to have known your parents. They will be missed so much however, remembered for their kindest, laughter and the devotion to each other. You are in my prayers Sandi along with the rest of your family. I did have some old photos from 2013 - 2015 if I can locate them I will drop them off at your office. All my love, Paula DuVall

  • Leighton Doran

    Max influenced my life in more ways than it might seem. I had the opportunity of shadowing and learning from Max for the past few years. I got to watch him in his element and learn from his point of view. He taught me a lot about dentistry but also about the practicalities of life that may arise. He was a very wise man and I owe it to him for all that I’ve learned. He sparked a true passion in me and honestly is a huge reason I want to be a dentist. He showed me what being a good dentist looks like and encouraged me to follow through. He always took the time to be a teacher to me even when he did not have to. Max truly touched my life and he will be missed greatly by me and many others. His legacy will always live on.

  • Hana Froum

    Dear Sandi and family, We am so very sorry for your great loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Sharon and Max in NYC a while back and they were lovely people. Sending love. Dr. Froum and Hana

  • Patrice Coney

    Sandi, I am so sorry about this tragic loss. Words cannot fill the void of the pain and hurt you and your family are feeling. I look forward to giving you a big hug. I’m here for you anytime you need me. I love you!

  • Misty Gartrell

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was an amazing man.

  • Joita Ghosh

    Sandi, so sorry about the loss of your parents, I recall meeting them at NYUCD with fondness -they were so amazing! Hugs and much love!!

  • Paul Lewis

    2 amazing people who leave an extraordinary legacy of giving, compassion, and professionalism. May they rest in peace. ???

  • Harold Lefkoff

    Dear Rachel . I want to add my name to the long list of those who are expressing sympathy and condolences. I did not know Max and Sharon, but from what I am reading about what others are saying here I wish I had known them. Harold

  • Amy Aaron Pozin

    I babysat for Benji and Sandi for many years and loved Sharon and Max. In later years, I often ran into Sharon around Dunwoody and we always ended up chatting for a very long time. They were wonderful people and you all are in my prayers.

  • Margaret Paton

    Ben and family - My heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of your parents.

  • Jay Levitt

    This is such a difficult time for the Cohen Family. Max and Sharon were such Great Parents and Had so many Wonderful Friends. I know that Max and Ralph loved flying and were great mechanics. They kept their planes at Peachtree Dekalb airport and were in close contact with my FIL Bob who kept his plane there. Please remember all the Fantastic Things about them - you need that to help you through this difficult time of grieving. May they Rest in Peace.

  • Jill Zimmerman

    Ben and Sandi, I am so deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your parents. Years ago I worked as a massage therapist at the Ravinia Club. Your mom was one of my regular clients and I saw your dad a few times too. Your mom would share so many wonderful stories of you both. She was a beautiful, lovely person inside and out. I just adored her. Again, I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. May their memories be a blessing.

  • Alan Jeroff

    Thoughts and love are going to you and your family. I only knew your mom and dad through the FDA and the meetings . I'll be thinking of you all on November 29. Alan and Debbie

  • Anne-Caroline (Brown) Taylor & Richard Taylor

    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Max, Sharon and sweet Callie. Growing up, we were neighbors of yours in Four Seasons. I had the great fortune to encounter your parents again through my husband’s colleague, John David Mullins. We thought the world of your parents and enjoyed seeing them & spending time with them whenever we saw them. It was always nice to reminisce about the days in Four Seasons, and also just to spend time with them. May their memory be a blessing to you always.

  • Cametta Hytche

    No words can describe the heartbreak I feel. Sending you love, thoughts, and prayers.

  • Bob Rubin

    I was Max's college roommate in my junior and senior years in college. Max, Sharon and I were very close friends. In 1977, they met my fiancé, before we were wed and moved to California, Kristine, now my spouse of almost 45 years. I was hoping to see them here in San Diego after a long delay, sometime soon. Max and Sharon were both wonderful, unforgettable people. Their friendship was always precious to me.

  • Janet Wood Brown

    I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. Max was also from Macon, and became a good friend during our shared year at EAO and subsequently at Emory. He was a friendly guy and genuinely nice person (mensch). May the good memories of his life be a blessing and comfort to his family.

  • Lou Ann Bateman

    Dr. Cohen was my dentist in the late 70’s to the early 80’s. I moved from Atlanta to return back in 1995. I came back to Dr. Cohen to be my dentist. I moved to Nashville 7 years ago, and still come back to Atlanta for his dental care. He was my dentist and faithful friend. He and Sharon will be missed. I am heartbroken with this news...

  • Rebecca Ross

    Cohen family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Dr. Cohen (who was my dentist for 25 years) and Sharon were amazing people. One Friday night, they both came to the office to handle a dental emergency. We ended up hanging out afterward for a couple of hours just chatting away and discussing life. They were the loveliest of people and they will be deeply missed.


    Udi and I are heartbroken for all of you on this horrific loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure they have left you with a legacy of memories and I pay that you will find comfort through them.

  • Carla and David Temple

    Max and Sharon were our close neighbors on Jekyll. They were both beautiful inside and outside- always gracious and kind upon every encounter. We are just devastated and so saddened at their loss. Our most sincere condolences to your families. If we can help in any way from Ocean Oaks, please feel free to reach out. ???

  • Keith & Virginia Rumbley

    We were part of the 4 Musketeers (as we called ourselves) @ Ocean Oaks. The last time we were at Jekyll, Sean & Max were down and they saw my husband outside. Your dad asked if I was also there and came inside and gave my a big Max hug. That was Max. Your parents always had time to talk. They were one of my pandemic buddies. So many great memories. I’m blessed to have known them.

  • Susan Ament

    I was heart broken to hear if this tragic loss. Dr Cohen guided me through an extensive and difficult dental reconstruction a few years ago. He was easy to talk to, funny, kind and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about so many things. He and his staff provided such a comfortable experience that I actually enjoyed dental visits (usually anyway). He was always available and even saw me a couple of times off-hours for urgent problems. I send my most sincere condolences.

  • Barbara Levitas

    Ben , Sarah and family, our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Barbara and Elliott

  • Sherri Haase

    I've been a patient of Dr. Cohen's since 1988 and I am devastated by this news. He was the best dentist and I truly trusted him (and his staff). I am so very sorry for the loss of your parents. They were amazing people!

  • Kay Lee

    Dear Cohen Family, Please accept me deepest condolences for your absolutely heartbreaking loss. Dr. Cohen was my dentist for over 30 years for which I am very grateful. I trusted him because of his incredible expertise and well versed knowledge of his work. I enjoyed (and will miss) our conversations; I appreciated the he remembered things about my life (even though I saw him only briefly (and usually) twice a year.) I will remember him for his kindness, his passion for things that were of interest to him, and his joy for life. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time

  • Carole weintraub

    Dear Sandra and family. My sincere condolences to u and ur family, losing both of ur parents. My husband and I were friends with them for many years and had so much fun with them at the hockey games. You will have many wonderful memories to help your grieving, although those will not bring them back. RIP Max and Sharon Carole Weintraub

  • Nancy Colter

    Sandi and family, Words can not express how our family felt about Dr. Max. Not only he our doctor for over 30 years but he was a dear friend. As you comprehend this profound loss, may the love of lose around you help you through the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Colter family

  • Lee Ann Kearney

    Dr. Cohen has been my dentist since 1978 and he truly changed my life. I was 16 years old with serious dental issues. He diagnosed the problem and within two years gave me the smile and confidence that I lacked. It was life changing. Fast forward to 2001, my daughter fell and cracked her two front teeth. Dr. Cohen insisted on seeing us on a Saturday afternoon to diagnose the problem. His caring and professionalism helped get us through a difficult dental emergency. He was a true professional who cared for his patients. He healed my family and I pray for healing for his family. Rest in Peace. Lee Ann Kearney

  • Janet & Jerel Rush

    Dear Sandi and Ben, we are so sorry to hear the sad news. We are thinking about you both and your families.

  • Dianne and Jerry Rand

    Our hearts are broken and our prayers are with you at this time. Max has been my dentist for over 50 years, and my husband's for almost that long. We saw Sharon as we were leaving Max's office only a couple of weeks ago as she was picking up Sandi's youngest daughter, and she was beaming with pride at spending time with her granddaughter. Max and Sharon have touched so many lives, and will always be remembered with love.

  • Reid Johnson

    It has been heartbreaking to learn of the death of Dr. Cohen and his wife. Dr. Cohen had been my dentist for well over 40 years. He will be great missed. Thinking of his family as well as his colleagues.

  • Vivian Hudson and Douglas A Goldman

    Both Max and Sharon were such wonderful people to know and have as dental neighbors. We will remember them fondly forever.

  • michaela michael rosenblatt

    so sorry for your loss

  • Jenna Shulman

    Dear Ben and Sarah, Sending you and your family strength during this very difficult time.

  • Maria Chimera

    I was devastated to hear the news of Dr. Max Cohen and his wife, Sharon's passing. Dr. Cohen was my dentist for many years. My son and husband also saw him. He was the most competent, caring and compassionate dentist I have ever been to. I will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to their family.

  • Dan and Allison Englert

    I am so sad to hear about Max and Sharon's passing. Dr Max's humor and relaxed demeanor made him the first dentist I ever enjoyed visiting. He was a talented and caring dentist. I will miss his smile and laugh when I visit the office. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace are with Sandi, Ben, the grandchildren, and all of Dr Max's colleagues.

  • Deirdree Norton

    To the Cohen family, I’m so so sorry for your terrible loss, you are in my thoughts and prays. They where wonderful people and will be missed terribly

  • Angela Stadnick

    Sandi and Ben, I am so sorry for the loss of your parents. They were very special to me as I was their babysitter for JayJay. I also went walking with your mom on several occasions and your dad was my dentist. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Marci Bass & Family

    Sending love and light to The Cohen Family and Dental Office Family.

  • B. Emory Potter

    Two wonderful people who were always kind, put bread on our table and fun to be around. My family and I will miss them both deeply. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • Tracy Fulkerson

    I offer my deepest sympathy. My prayers for Sandra and all who grieve because of this tragic loss. I was blessed to have known the Cohens for many many years through their dental practice. We became friends and they touched many lives. We will miss Max and Sharon greatly.

  • David & Robin Blass

    Such a tragic loss. Ben, Sandy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. So sorry for your loss.

  • Michael and Jana Kreisberg

    Condolences to the Cohen family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow.

  • Jonathan Ginsberg

    Dr. Cohen served as my late mother's dentist for many years. Even as she declined mentally, he and his staff went out of their way to care for her with kindness and patience. My deepest condolences to Dr. & Mrs. Cohen's family on this tragic loss.

  • Lee Brian Padove

    My thoughts are with family, office and friends . Loved Max, great dentist, lovable person

  • Joan Bernstein

    Dear Sandy and family, I was saddened and shocked to hear of the tragic loss of your parents. May your wonderful memories sustain you during this sad time.



  • Carl Golden

    I’m so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Max and Sandra. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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