After laying his father Leonard Cohen to rest in Montreal on Thursday, Adam Cohen posted a heartfelt note about his father to Facebook.
“My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal,” Adam writes in the letter posted early Sunday. “With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked.”
“As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work,” the Facebook tribute reads.
“There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him.”
Cohen shares thanks for the outpouring of emotion for his father from fans. “Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father,” he concludes.
The singer, songwriter and poet passed away on Monday at the age of 82, with news of his death coming on Thursday, after he had already been laid to rest. Rabbi Adam Scheier tells Rolling Stone in a statement that Cohen wished to be buried in Montreal, “in a traditional Jewish rite beside his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.”