An Ottawa man who attended Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965 shared his appreciation for the late British prime minister with the Probus Club of Western Ottawa on Nov. 13.
Ronald Cohen, one of the three co-founders of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa, was the guest speaker at the meeting.
Cohen was in attendance at Churchill’s funeral, standing in the crowds on Parliament Square in London, England, as the funeral procession made its way to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“Mr. Cohen’s speech was not only interesting, but entertaining, and brought back many memories to those Brits in the audience who had lived in Great Britain during the Second World War,” said Pat Thompson, a member of the Probus Club who attended the meeting, in an email. “Mr. Cohen quoted Sir Winston many times with great impersonations of Winston’s familiar voice.”
The Sir Winston Churchill Society organizes events to commemorate Churchill’s life and “to ensure the relevance of his example to the generations that succeed him,” according to the group’s website.
“Mr. Cohen spoke of many events throughout Churchill’s life in England, and the various positions which Churchill held; he served under six monarchs,” said Thompson. “After half a century, Churchill is still newsworthy; he is quoted and misquoted by politicians. As prime minister, he inspired so many people saying that Great Britain could win the war.”
Cohen wrote the Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, has published numerous articles on the former prime minister, and speaks to various organizations across Canada and the United States about Churchill’s life.