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COX, Peter

February 10, 1926– Leadgate, Durham, England
August 21, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Peter Cox beloved husband of Patricia of Calgary, passed away  peacefully on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the age of 87 years surrounded by his family.

Peter is survived by his wife, Patricia; children Joseph J. (Lesley), and Patrick (Laurie); grandchildren Jennifer, Lindsey, Julia and Mason; sister Betty Telfer; nephew John; and many nieces and nephews in England. He was predeceased by his daughter Pamela and brother Michael.

We celebrate the life of a gracious, humorous and elegant Englishman. Peter was born in Leadgate, County Durham, England, the son of Leo and Phyllis Cox. He was educated in England at Harrow on the Hill R.C., Gunnersbury Grammar School, Southhall Technical when the war broke. He joined the R.A.F. and trained as a pilot. He immigrated to Canada in 1951 and married Patricia Scott at Sacred Heart Parish in Calgary in 1955.

Arriving in Canada he first worked as a surveyor in Kitimat, BC. He consulted for Reid Crowther Consultants in Edmonton, later working in the engineering field for Tottrup Engineering. He was involved in the pilot project for the tar sands with City Services in Fort McMurray in 1959. He retired in 1991 as Vice President of business development for Western Canada with SNC Lavalin. In retirement Peter was active in Calgary Probus and spent many years with Calgary Meals on Wheels.

The family enjoyed summers at the cottage in Invermere and later Nelson, BC. Peter enjoyed sailing with his boys in Windermere and Kootenay Lakes. Peter and Patricia took many cruises together and exchanged their home in Calgary with others in many countries.

We have lost our “English Patient” Peter, who has left us with a treasured, happy life and a blessed Legacy.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Meals on Wheels, 5759-80 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2C 4S6 www.mealsonwheels.com or to Catholic Charities, c/o Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 – 17 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2T2.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Southwood Hospice for their care, understanding and compassion during Peter’s short stay.

In living memory of Peter Cox, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Ron & Sue Kornelson :

    To The Cox Family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Peter was a good friend of ours. We can hear his laughter in our home. May God Bless you and give you peace at this time.
    Love,
    Ron & Sue Kornelson, Steinbach, Manitoba

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  2. So glad I had the opportunity to know Peter for a short portion of his life. He was a gentleman and a bon vivant. I will miss him. Much love to Patricia

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  3. virginia stewart :

    Dear Patricia; to you and your dear family, my kindest regards.
    Sincerely,
    Virginia.

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  4. Eileen Telfer :

    To a wonderful brother – you will always be in my mind and will miss reminiscing about the old days with you. I wish I could be there to say goodbye. Peter had a very happy life in Canada surrounded by loving family and friends – my thoughts are with you all.
    With love
    Betty

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  5. Shelagh and David Josey :

    Rest in peace Uncle Peter,
    Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

    Love from Shelagh and Dave

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  6. Gwen and Ian Burgess :

    Pat and family, we were sorry to hear of Peter’s death. He was always so bright and cheery, and certainly didn’t reflect his age in his actions. That he was older than we are was also a surprise! (Wish he were here so we could tell him that, but may be later…) He will be in our prayers.
    God bless, Gwen and Ian Burgess

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  7. Janice Curtis :

    To the Cox Family

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. Peter was a steadfast volunteer with our organization for close to 18 years. He brightened the lives of our clients on Route 47 throughout those years.
    Hold your memories close …….our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Janice Curtis and the staff of Calgary Meals on Wheels

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  8. Gerry Turcotte :

    Dear Patricia and family,

    I am writing to express my sincerest condolences, on my behalf and that of St. Mary’s University College, for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Gerry Turcotte
    President, St. Mary’s University College

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  9. Cindy Johnston (nee McKinley) :

    Dear Pat and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. We are thinking of you at this time and hoping the Grace of spirit is blessing your journey of healing. Peter, we are sure, was met by your beloved daughter Pam, with open arms welcoming him home. May you heavy hearts be touched and lightened with such love.
    Blessings,
    Cindy, Laura and Norm McKinley

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  10. Lea Cornelesen :

    Dear Patricia and family,

    Our sincere condolences we extend to all of you. We were sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. However, we know that he is in a better place and watching over you. We also realize the pain this loss brings, however our faith teaches us that you will be together again. We will remember you in our prayers and ask God to give you hope and faith during this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Lea Cornelesen and family.

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  11. Mark and Terri Polet :

    We give thanks to God for Peter’s life and his service. We are deeply grateful for Peter’s and Pat’s support and example in the early years of our marriage. We pray blessings on Pat and the family. Love, Mark & Terri

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  12. Anne-Marie Lafleur (nee Little) :

    I am saddened to hear that Peter has died and that he suffered so much at the end. Our families met in the 1960’s as parishioners of the Church of the Annunciation in Edmonton. I was a babysitter for the kids and later worked with Peter on the first political campaign of Gerry Amergongen. My heart goes out to the family and especially to Pat.

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  13. Dear Joe,

    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please know I am here to listen anytime…
    All my Blessings to you and your family.

    Wanda

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  14. Betty and Bill McMillan :

    Patricia,
    Just learned the sad news of Peters death today in the latest SNC pensioners report. Please except our sincerest condolences . Over the years we have often thought fondly of the two of you. We had many good times together in Edmonton before you moved permanently to Calgary.

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