The Obit For George Cox

George H. Cox

Published in the Eagle-Tribune on 6/11/2009

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — George H. Cox, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, June 8, 2009 at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla. after a lengthy and courageous battle with leukemia.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of Howard and Beatrice (Smith) Cox, husband of the late Mary (Reilly) Cox and brother of Deborah Garretson of Framingham. A longtime resident of West Newbury, he moved to Ormond Beach in 2002 after his retirement.

A 1953 graduate of Newburyport High School, George was awarded the prestigious Zabriskie Award for outstanding citizenship combining academic and athletic excellence. Following high school he attended Northeastern University where he played baseball and basketball. He also played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

George was employed at Western Electric for over 40 years. He enjoyed sports and competed successfully in local semi-pro baseball and basketball leagues for many years, until his late 40s. He also enjoyed bowling with his friends and following the sports activities of his grandchildren.

George is survived by his five children; Robert and wife Betsy of Haverhill; Denise of Eugene, Ore., Diane and husband David Band of Hillsborough, N.C, Vicki of Seabrook, N.H., and Kevin of Ormond Beach. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Ryan, Nolan, Adam and Stephen Cox; Charles Johnson IV and Tracy (Johnson) Leavitt; Brian and Michael Band; and Taylor Parrish, as well as two great-grandchildren; Bailey Johnson and Natalie Cox. He also leaves sister Deborah Garretson and husband William, as well as niece Keira (Garretson) Smith and husband Scott and nephew Derek Garretson and wife Suzanne as well as close friend Betty High of Ormond Beach and a close cousin, Richard Potter and wife Jean of Newburyport.

ARRANGEMENTS: Burial arrangements are by the National Cremation and Burial Society, 1200 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL 32955. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his name to The American Cancer Society. Plans for memorial services will be announced at a later date.