September 2, 2009

Ralph A. Cohen

Ralph A. Cohen was the criminal defense attorney that everybody knew in Jewish Montreal in the 1950’s. He’d ride in his Cadillac Eldorado convertible up Cote Ct Luc blvd with his bald shaved head and always stopped for hitchhikers. He represented Harry Ship, our local Jewish gangster, who ran a gambling place over the Yang Tse chinese restaurant on Van Horne. Andy Ship, my brother’s friend was Harry’s nephew which gave Andy some extra cachet although he probably didn’t need it – Andy was a pretty cool dude on his own. Ralph A. Cohen advertised in the Montreal Gazette when no lawyer advertised. My brother got Ralph A Cohen to represent him and his friend Jake when they got busted at Eatons for something.cigar


  1. cool!

    Comment by joey — September 8, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Ralph looked a little like the guy in the photo, but I don’t think that’s Ralph. Ralph had a rounder face and light blue eyes.

    Comment by bill — June 19, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  3. no that’s not a photo of ralph – do you have one? how’d you know him?

    Comment by Murray — June 19, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  4. Interesting reading. My mother was Ralph’s personal secretary from 1955 until her retirement in 1972. He was an interesting man with a heart of gold. The stories my mother would tell about what went on in that office! That is not a picture of him. I had a picture of Ralph and my mother but it has been lost over the years. His office was on the second floor of the Phillips Square Building opposite what was then Morgan’s. I think he moved to the Dominion Square Building in the late 1960’s. He ran for mayor of Montreal in 1962 but didn’t really stand much of a chance against Jean Drapeau.

    Comment by Keith Clark — August 14, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

  5. too bad you don’t have the photo –

    Comment by Murray — August 22, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

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