Cohen, Lee Anne

 In Obituaries

Cohen, Lee Anne – November 6, 1953 – September 24, 2020 To say that Lee Anne Cohen lived life to the fullest is an understatement. A remarkable teacher, accomplished potter, and a record holding ultra runner, Lee Anne pushed boundaries and left an impact on all who knew her. Family was paramount to Lee Anne. She is survived by her husband Pierre Marcoux, children Lillian Manea (Daryl Klein), Nathan Cohen, Brittany Herrington (Kris Burling) and Celeste Marcoux, and grandchildren Hannah Klein, Griffin Klein and Audrey Burling. As is evident by the last names, Lee Anne’s family was extended and complicated. None of this mattered to Lee Anne, who loved them all unquestionably. Lee Anne loved the marathon distance, where she was typically top of her age category, although it was the longer races that truly displayed her tenacity and focus. Lee Anne briefly held the road 12-hour world record for women 60-64 years of age. That record was broken only 23 hours later. She still holds the Canadian 100-mile record for women 60-64. Lee Anne ran for 26 hours and 34 minutes, with only three 4-minute breaks. She combined her love of running and love of travel, running in races across North America and overseas. Her pottery was functional and intriguing. Available at the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts gallery in Collingwood and at the Creemore Farmers Market, she grew a dedicated fan base who collected her work. She also supplied beer steins to the Creemore Springs Brewery. Lee Anne’s race is finally over, but she lives on in our hearts and memories. The diverse circles of people who loved her will miss her generosity, intelligence, joie de vivre, and humour. A celebration of life is scheduled for the summer of 2021, and a memorial fun run will also be scheduled next summer. Donations can be made in Lee Anne’s memory to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

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  • Susan Todd

    I was so surprised to hear the news about Lee Ann
    I met her at the Y in Wasaga
    She was my favourite Spin teacher
    I loved her energy and commitment
    We enjoy coffee every morning in the mugs she made for us and on the weekends we add her maple syrup to our pancakes.
    She will be missed
    I am so very sorry for your loss
    I know she left many wonderful memories to cherish

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