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.