Cox, Harold Ernest

COX wApril 26, 1924 – February 6, 2015
at the age of 90 years

Celebration of life: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
SASU Recreation Centre, Salmon Arm

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harold Ernest Cox, born April 26, 1924, in East York Township, York County, Ontario. Harold passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Friday evening, February 6, 2015, after a brief battle with Congestive Heart Failure. Harold, a long time Salmon Arm resident, is survived by his wife Mae, children Bev (Dan Gienger), Peter, Evelyn (Byron Fritzler), Jim, Mark (Gloria), and Elaine (Kelly Bury). He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren, as well as four great.

Harold grew up years in Hines Creek, Alberta, where he spent a lot of time in the bush, working trap lines. In 1950, Harold moved to Celista, British Columbia, and earned his living driving a Cat and working in local mills. In 1952, he married Mae, and shortly afterwards moved to Salmon Arm. Harold spent 31 years working for the City of Salmon Arm, ending as the foreman of the roads department

Harold had a great sense of adventure and love of the outdoors, enjoyed falling trees, gathering fire wood, and burning wood in his wood stove. He was also an avid gardener, growing fruit, vegetables, and rows of daffodils and irises each year

One of Harold’s greatest joys in life was his family. He lived his life in a patient and caring way, demonstrating what it means to sacrifice your own desires for those you love. He enjoyed a close relationship with each of his children and grandchildren. Harold also had a great sense of humour, and was no stranger to practical jokes. His smile could light up a room, and his warm-hearted chuckle will linger with us all.

Harold was also a man of strong faith and lived his convictions on a daily basis. He loved God and had no fear of death, as he knew where he was going. He died assured of his salvation through Jesus Christ.

The family wishes to say a special thank you to Dr. Stacey Kirkman, whose expertise, friendship, and humour eased the medical challenges of the last few years. He made going to doctor’s office fun. Thanks for everything, Stacey. You have our deepest appreciation.

A memorial service will be held for Harold on Friday, February 20, 2:00 pm at the SASCU Recreation Centre, with a tea to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital or the charity of one’s choice.

Harold Cox – loving husband, patient father, extraordinary grandfather, faithful friend. We can’t help but miss you.


  1. So sorry to hear that you have lost your dear husband, Mae, my love to you and your family.

  2. We wish to extend to, Mae and Family, our sincere condolences in the death of Harold. We will miss him a lot.

    …….Maureen and Ian

  3. Dear Mae, Bev, Evelyn, Elaine, Mark, Jim, Peter and families.

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Harold. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Those who knew him were very lucky.

    He was such a nice man and always had a smile that made you feel like he was really happy to see you.

    I remember how patient he was (and you Mae)with the kids when we lived next door they loved his cows and the milk of course. You were the kindest and most caring neighbours we ever had.

    I remember how he loved growing the flowers Jodi had in her wedding bouquet and how much it meant to both of them. Harold for being able to do something so special for his beautiful granddaughter and Jodi was so happy that he had grown those flowers just for her. I consider myself very fortunate to have been part of it also.

    I know Harold touch many lives and many hearts. I consider myself very lucky to have known him (and you too Mae). I know you will be alright. You are a very strong woman and have such a loving family to stand with you. You will help each other get through this sad time.

    I would be at Harold’s Memorial if I could but Dick and I are travelling in Asia at the moment and will not be back until the end of March. When I get back I will call you Mae and hopefully we will be able to get together.

    I have asked Tami & Vince Fischer to forward this to you as for some reason I could not send this to you on their page of condolences. I am sure you will received it.

    Love and heartfelt sympathy to you all.

    Sandi, Jesse, Jaime & Jenna

  4. Sincere sympathy to all of Harold’s family.
    I worked at the district and knew Harold quite well. In fact I remember being at his house at one time. !
    I now live in Victoria and a friend told me of his passing over the phone.
    Harold was a wonderful Christian man and I’m sure will be missed.

  5. Very sorry to hear of Harold’s passing

  6. Mark,

    I am very sorry for the lost of your Dad!! May God’s kindness of good memories and peace strengthen you and your family as you continue to go through this heavy period of your life. Janelle speaks well of the many happy hours she spent with your family growing up. I have been praying!


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