Gabriel Shane Cohen

February 23, 1985 - November 16, 2023

02/23/1985 - 11/16/2023

Gabriel Shane Cohen, 38, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 16, 2023. Gabriel is survived by his wife Hannah, son Gabriel Shane, II (13), daughters Eden Grace (10) and Olive Mae (9); his parents Sammy and Dana, Brother Daniel (Melissa, Abigail, Josiah, Isaac, and Caleb); In-laws, George and Patty and Hannah’s siblings and their children.

Gabriel (Gabe) was born on February 23, 1985, in Norfolk. He attended Norfolk Christian Schools through high school, graduating in 2003. He went on to attend George Mason University where he graduated with his BA in Government and International Politics with a minor in Legal Studies in 2007. He met his wife Hannah in his third year at George Mason and they were married on June 24, 2007, in a gorgeous ceremony surrounded by family and friends in Virginia Beach. They were blessed with three beautiful children.

Gabriel was the baby of his family and was the happiest child, full of big smiles with adorable dimples. He had an idyllic childhood surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more friends than anyone could imagine. He was born with a natural talent for sports and in his youth he focused on baseball. Playing T-ball, Little, and Pony Leagues at the Lynnhaven Baseball fields, going on to play American Legion. During his time at Norfolk Christian, he played JV and Varsity Baseball (Captain), Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Volleyball, culminating in the award for Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. While at Norfolk Christian HS, Gabriel sang in Chorus and Windsong, participated in many clubs (Bio-Eco, Snow, Spanish, Surf, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and was elected to the student council several times and was very proud of the years he served as summer athletic camp counselor for a program, Kids Into Fun & Fitness (KIFF). Gabriel then carried his servant’s heart, and his passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ, to George Mason, where in addition to attending school, he joined Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). It was here that Gabriel made lifelong friendships, led worship and Bible studies, and mentored and counseled new students. He served on a missions trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and spent a summer learning and spreading the gospel in San Diego.

After college, Gabriel began his search for a career, working in the Restaurant Industry for 7 years (Chili’s, Café Moka, Waterman’s) before discovering his true calling in Marketing. He worked for Seventh Point in VA Beach for almost 3 years before making one of the biggest changes of his life, moving to Chicago in 2016, where he truly excelled in Marketing and Digital Media at Starcom, Mindshare, and finally at Magnite. At 37 he became Director of Agency Development at Magnite, a huge accomplishment for someone his age, but a true testament to his dedication and talent.

However, no one would ever doubt Gabriel’s true passion and ultimate focus, his family. He was a devoted husband and father to his children. He loved nothing more than being in their presence. Gabe loved to cook for his family and included his children in the process. They bonded over making meals together and enjoying the results. Gabriel learned gardening from his grandfather and carried on the tradition, even in Chicago, where the weather could be a challenge for plants. His family made deep connections at their church and were surrounded by many friends, who shared camping trips and many special events both hosted in their home and outside in their community. Gabriel’s family made frequent trips to VA in summer and winter, to spend time with immediate family, as well as, extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Gabriel’s servant’s heart knew no bounds, but the never-ending love he had for his wife, children, and his whole family will be his forever legacy that will sustain us until we meet again.

John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Gabriel’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 25th, at 11:00 am, with the family receiving guests at 10:00 am, at Altmeyer Funeral Home in Virginia Beach (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462). A family graveside service will follow at Colonial Grove Memorial Park. Followed by a reception at 2:00 pm at Altmeyer.

Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral home or donations may be made in Gabriel’s honor to CRU at

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Teresa Pinder
2 months ago

I met Gabe at church here in Illinois. When I learned his last name, I (an Irish American) asked if he was an Irish Cohen or a Jewish Cohen. He laughed real hard then stated that he forgot there were Irish Cohens. Got my answer with that statement, eh?

Megan Seagram
3 months ago

What a beautiful service for a beautiful life. Sending prayers and love to Hannah, the kids, and all who loved Gabe. He was one of the greats and the world will miss his presence so much. 💜

Justin Edwards
3 months ago

Beautiful service. Gabriel was a light to the world and I am forever grateful and forever changed that I had him in my life. Pray that somehow, someday his family an find comfort from this unimageable grief. Like everyone that has had the blessing of having Gabe impact their life, he lives on through us in so many way. His legacy is as wide as it is deep. Rest well Gabe.

Esther Diehl
3 months ago

Gabe, you are a loving soul gone too soon. Your legacy of love and acceptance remains. I’m so grateful you were part of my formative years throughout our long journey at NCS, a beautiful example to me of how effective it is to love and meet people where we’re at. I’m grateful We ran into each other at the airport a few years ago and were able to reconnect, sharing the joys and struggles of life as a parent and adult. May your soul rest easy, friend.

Kathie Virunurm
3 months ago

Praying for all of Gabe’s family and friends. Praying that the Lord’s peace and comfort meets you moment by moment in the grief and missing Gabe.

I’m so grateful that I had years with Gabe at George Mason as he was a student leader in Cru. He has left a legacy in our lives and in Mason Cru! His love for Jesus and others has made an eternal impact.

Ashley Walker
3 months ago

Gabe was a kind and generous person with a quick smile. That is how I remember him from high school and those are things I’m sure he continued throughout life. I’m very saddened to hear about his passing and we are sending all the love to his family.

Kristin Birt
3 months ago

My dearest and best friend for all of elementary and middle school at NCS. I am grieving your loss in a deep way but my heart truly breaks for your wife and children. I too know the pain of losing a father so I will pray for this family to be covered with peace, hope and joy. I’m learning that grief is a journey with ups and down; but knowing our loving father is holding our hand as we navigate the hard days, the good days and all the in between is my anchor. His love will sustain you and be your strength. Psalm 119:25 tells us we can be revived by the word of God so I pray the Bible becomes your bedrock more than ever before.

I can’t wait to hug the Cohen family tomorrow even though 20 years has gone by, I still miss the people who shaped my life from infant to teen.

Paul and Linda Weiss
3 months ago

Sammy and Dana, words cannot express how saddened we are to learn of your loss of Gabriel. We send you our deepest condolences and pray that your happy memories give you and family peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time.

3 months ago

We enjoyed Gabe spending time with us and our youngest son. Never critical, full of life. We endured many highs and lows as Redskin fans. Our prayers are with Hannah and the kids, Sam, Dana, Daniel and the rest of the family. I once again ask God “Why?”. He responds, “I know exactly what I’m doing”. I pray some of Gabe’s behavior rubs off on all of us. Craig, Mary Lynn and Bryce Vitasek

Fred and Stacy Bien
3 months ago

Gabriel was our friend….he was a man of intention. He worked at Chilies for several years and he was a valued employee, coworker and friend. I’m having a hard time saying he’s gone. Much love to his wife and children. Hannah, I’m so sorry. The laughter and heartfelt. Much love from Stacy and I.