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Cohens commemorates 'warm, kind' owner Anwer Patel after his passing

Cohens: Anwer had an incredible presence, which made anyone that he spoke to feel important
Cohens: Anwer had an incredible presence, which made anyone that he spoke to feel important

Cohens Chemist has paid tribute to Anwer Patel, the group’s owner and co-founder, after his sad passing aged 66 this week.

Together with his brother Yakub, Mr Patel established the Cohens Chemist group in 1979, opening branches throughout the UK. Today, there are more than 215 Cohens pharmacies.  

Zoe Serrant, Cohens' head of operations and superintendent pharmacist, said: “Everyone within the Cohens Group is deeply saddened by the news of Anwer’s passing.

“Anwer, along with his brother Yakub, dedicated much of his life to building Cohens Chemist from their first branch in 1979 to the successful pharmacy group that it is today.

“His passion for Cohens and his employees was evident in all that he did. He had an incredible presence, which made anyone that he spoke to feel important. He was a warm, kind and compassionate man who was always willing to help others, especially those who were less fortunate than him.

“Anwer has left a massive legacy behind and his absence will be felt acutely, not only within Cohens, but also in the community that he served. He has been a true inspiration to us all and he will be sorely missed.”

“Pioneer of growth and innovation”

Mr Patel was also a member of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and a big advocate for it, according to CEO Dr Leyla Hannbeck.

“On behalf of AIMp, we would like to offer our deepest condolences upon the sad news,” Dr Hannbeck said.

The two brothers have always been “pioneers in growth and models of innovation across our sector”, she added.

“Anwer was a man who liked to listen and learn. A modest man hugely respected for his council and pleasant disposition. He will be sadly missed by this sector and community pharmacy in general. Our thoughts and love go out to his family and for all who knew him and the legacy he leaves,” Dr Hannbeck said.

Do you have any memories to share of Anwer Patel?

Locum Pharmacist , Locum pharmacist

I personally met Anwer on a number of occasions. He was a very humble man, one would never know he was such a successful business man as he treated people equally and there was alot of compassion to him. The way in which people remember him says alot about his wonderful charatcer. Prayers for him and his family.

thepharmacist Forever!, Pharmacist Director

An amazing person, met Anwer many times, always had a wealth of knowledge and a great character, will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers with the family. 

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