God Will Not Be Mocked - CT Porn Store Manager Suddenly Dies
The story below regarding the manager of the Penthouse Boutique that opened recently in Milford, Connecticut just to spite the Christians and other decent citizens fighting the porn industry appeared in the Connecticut Post, August, 24, 2003. It could be just a coincidence but we know that God is sovereign and holds every life in his hands with an appointed time to die, and then the judgment. Hebrews 9:27. "Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD , I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'" Ezekiel 33:11
Boutique stunned by death of district manager
MILFORD - Penthouse Boutique employees arriving for work Saturday knew almost instinctively that something was wrong when their district manager, Gary Cohen, didn't greet them in his usual gregarious manner.
Cohen, 52, of Newington, died of an apparent heart attack, according to Bruce Walmer, the manger of the Milford adult store.
"He was my closest friend and my boss," Walmer said of Cohen. "He hired me [11 years ago] and trained at my first job in the industry."
Employees arriving for work discovered Cohen collapsed in a hallway at the store. His usual practice was to stop whatever he was doing and greet them in his affable, high energy, sometimes over the top way.
"He was just enjoying his coffee and had been reading the newspaper. That was his usual routine," Walmer said. "I think it [the heart attack] happened so fast, he didn't know what hit him."
Cohen was pronounced dead a short time later at Milford Hospital.
Walmer said employees at the Penthouse Boutique were devastated. "He was the most upbeat person I have ever known. Everybody who ever worked for this guy loved him," Walmer said. "This is a great loss to all of us."
Cohen is survived by his wife Evelyn of 35 years, and their three children. The couple's youngest child is about to start her freshman year at Marist College in New York.
The Penthouse Boutique in Milford opened only a month ago amid protests from residents that the porn store would destroy their community.
As for how Cohen viewed the negative attention, Walmer said, "he quite enjoyed it because he was always under the impression that any press including negative is good press. And he quite enjoyed the challenge of dealing with members of the press and these people who had a different point of view."