COX, Paul Edward


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Paul Edward Cox on December 31, 2020.  Paul passed away, at home, quietly in his sleep.  Born in Nova Scotia, he was the eldest son of Clarence and Ruth (Clifford) Cox.

He was predeceased by his mother, Ruth (Clifford) Cox in 1991 and his father, Clarence Edward Cox in 2017.

Paul worked in the oil and gas industry from 1988 to 2019.  The last 21 years in various overseas locations where he met many great and interesting people, made many friends and had some interesting stories to tell.  He often said how much he loved his job.  He was forced into retirement after a stroke in December 2019 while traveling home from Kazakhstan, where he had been working for the previous 5 years.

Paul is survived by his loving partner, Heather Addley.  He is also survived by five siblings, Susan (Terry) Price, Rosemary McCluney, Danny (Brenda) Cox, Anne (Cory) Garbolinsky, Andrew (Annette) Cox, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his father’s wife, Kathryn Cox and her sons, Mark (Pam) White and Richard (Marilyn) White.

He leaves behind close friends, who have been with him during the past year as he fought his way back from a stroke – Robert Norgaard, who has been in lockdown with Paul and Heather since the Covid shutdown in March 2020, Bernie (Angela) McPhee and their sons, Michael and Cameron, Rosemary and Len Hohn and Kathy Van Ness.  As well as many others.

He will be so missed by Heather’s son, Joshua (Tricia) Addley and grandchildren Isabelle and Connor – who he tormented relentlessly.  Paul spent many days and hours at the acreage with them.  He loved being around the bonfire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and teaching Connor what to do and not do as “The President of the Firebug Association”, as well as encouraging Isabelle to cook and bake (her brownies were his favorite) and teaching the kids to shoot pellet rifles at targets he set up around the property.

When options are open for family and friends to gather, a celebration of his life will take place at the acreage in Sherwood Park, where he loved entertaining, having bonfires and feeding the birds and deer.

He will be laid to rest in the family burial plot at the Selma United Church Cemetery, Hants County, NS with a Celebration of Life when Covid restrictions allow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Selma United Church Cemetery, 7580 Hwy 215, Maitland, Nova Scotia, B0N 1T0, Canada, c/o Stacey Sherman. Please include a return address for a tax receipt.

Condolences, words of comfort and memories of Paul may be shared with the family at:


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Norma White

Danny ,Rosemary, Anne, Susan and Andrew, my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Hold tight to all your memories of Paul as you mourn his loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. I think of all of you often.

Robert Norgaard

In 1987, it was my first hitch on my first offshore drilling rig, I was sitting in the galley having a lunch by myself, when a man carrying a rather large wedge of apple pie with a 4” coil of soft ice cream sitting on top politely asked ‘may I join you’. I said sure, and he put the pie down on the table, pulled out a chair, and before he started to sit down, he said in a slight eastern Canadian accent, ‘you to can have a body like this, if you abuse it’. I knew that a man with this type of self-deprecating humor was worth getting to know. As remember that moment I recalled that he introduced himself as Paul, rather than as the Assistant driller, which was part of Paul’s unassuming humility, and it was only after working with Paul that clearly understood how much experience and dedication he brought to his work, which is why he was well thought of as he worked his way around the world. After 33 years of getting to know Paul, my personal sense intellectual honesty and integrity have been augmented from our friendship.
Paul is the only man I know who thoroughly enjoyed taking two hours to sort thru a box of assorted nuts, bolts, screws, washers, clips, retainers, anchors etc. When they would be needed, he knew exactly where to go to find them so they could be put to use.

Heather (Nickerson) Pelham

Two little girls moved to Sterling Brook in 1962 and joined the Cox kids at the farm. Many many happy memories of those early years growing up on the farm. While we started as nine we are now sadly down to seven. RIP Paul and if you get a chance give Shel a hug for me!

Love and prayers to you all ❤️
Heather, Jim and family.

Elizabeth Lusby

My family sends our sympathy to the Cox family as you grieve Paul’s passing. My parents, Harold and Eileen Lusby, have had so many fond memories of you all – through the poultry business and as friends. Linda and I join Dad in sending our warm greetings and condolences.

marjorie desmore thompson

love and prayers to all pf you in the loss of such a special person

Glenda and Randy Anthony

Our deepest condolences to the Cox siblings and their families and other relatives. We both have fond memories of Paul.

Brenda (Teed) Morrisey

I knw Paul and his family many, many years ago when my brother-in law, Brian Miller worked on the farm and lived at the hatchery with my sister Marilyn. I can still remember the ‘shows’ that we would put on for the community in one of the barns and the many wonderful meals that my sister, Norma, and I would be invited to at Ruth and Clarence’s house. My condolences to the entire family.

Randy and Kathy Clooney.

So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He will be missed by all.
Many condolences to the family.
Randy and Kathy Clooney.

Jennifer (White) Lindsay

My sincere condolences to the entire family. I will always remember the kindness and love that Paul showed Nanny and Clarence, and the stories of his travels that they enjoyed sharing with me.

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Brian Casey

My condolences to all of Paul’s family. Paul and I had some great times in the mid 70 S. Hold on to your memories.

Mohamed Elmasri

Paul was a very good Boss and friend, I met him in Kazakhstan and he was always available for any support at any time. He was sharing the experience and stories to keep us all happy during hard times.
He will be always missed a lot and we will be always remembering your laughs.

Mohamed Elmasri

Art Sutherland

Paul and I had many laughs together in the 1980s, while I was living in Edmonton. We hung out with an extended band of brothers, all from Nova Scotia. Both Paul and I worked out of town a lot and it was always nice when we could catch up and share our tales.

The last time I saw Paul would have been in the early 90’s where we had an especially lively night at the Privateers Warehouse in Halifax. Lots of stories told and good times had by all.

I am sorry to hear that Paul has passed and now wish that we had spent more time together over the years. All the memories were good ones.

Wishing Paul’s family peace and comfort in the many memories he was sure to have left you with.

Art Sutherland
Victoria BC

Tyson Bohn

Our deepest condolences from the Bohn family. I worked with Paul in several countries. He was a great friend and mentor. He was always happy and loved listening and telling stories. No matter how busy he was, he always took the time to get to know his men. Rest In Peace. We will always miss your laugh and good sense of humour.

Tyson Bohn


My deepest sympathy to Paul’s Family.
I remember going to the farm with Cindy.
Thinking of you all at this time.

Elaine & George Buchanan

Donna and Wilf Carter

We met Paul in the late 1980’s. He was a great friend and as many people mention love to tease and pull off pranks. He was a fun loving gentleman.

Our daughter was gifted with a large teddy bear from “Uncle Paul”. She called the teddy bear Big Ted. Big Ted went everywhere with her. In 2020 our daughter gave birth to our grandson. Today Big Ted sits proudly on Jaxen ‘s shelf.

Paul touched many of us with his kindness and we have so many warm memories.

We send our condolences to all of Paul family and friends.

Wilf and Donna

Dan Colby

Paul was a very good friend. We worked together in Kazakhstan for a few years and he was always there to support me. He always had a funny story to share and kept you smiling when things were tough. You will be missed.

Paul & Betty Densmore

Was sadden to hear of Paul passing. We remember Paul as a young boy growing up on the farm. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul’s family and friends

Brian Clark

I worked with Paul way back in the late 70’s – early 80’s and at that time he made my work enjoyable and he kept me sane! He was truly one of the good guys! My condolences to all his family and friends.

Laurie James and Jim Bulmer

The world is a sadder place without Paul. He had such a giving and pleasant way of looking at the world which spread to all those around him. We deeply regret his passing.

George H. Whittenburg

Was deeply saddened to hear of Paul’s recent passing and send my deepest condolences to Heather and family.

Paul and I collaborated in our work with in multiple countries abroad over the years in some very harsh conditions, always professional and with humor, a true friend & colleague.

He is a very good man and will be deeply missed by all whom has known him.

George H. Whittenburg

Kathryn McNutt

Our thoughts are with you at this time, condolences to the family.
Bruce & Kathryn (Fahey) McNutt

Robie and Beth McCulloch

Our Love and deepest sympathies to the whole family.
Robie and Beth

Anne Campbell

My deepest sympathy to Rosemary, Kathryn, and all the rest of Paul’s family.
Rosemary, I know you have many treasured childhood memories of Paul that you will carry forever in your heart. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Lots of Love,

Eleanor (Greene) and Walter Roulston

I was so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, will always remember his sense of humor and his love of a good joke or prank – but also remember his sense of fairness and his kindness to others. Sending our deepest sympathy to all his family and friends, he will be missed.
Eleanor and Walter Roulston

Lisa and Albert Annand

Our deepest condolences to the family. I have many pleasant memories of Paul from school days, his vibrant personality and humour.

Cindy Withrow

So sorry for your loss. We all grew up in Selma/ Sterling Brook around the farm. My grandparents lived behind Cox Brothers so always around as kids. I was telling a story the other day about the school bus breaking down in Upper Kennetcook. We were in high school which for us was grade 7 to 12. Elmer had to leave us to go for another bus and put Paul in charge. Paul was a character so you can imagin our thoughts but he kept us in line.
We lost our Dad this year who grew up behind Cox’s farm. It seems our little world we grew up in is slowly slipping away.
RIP Paul.
Love Cindy, Bruce and Hannah Withrow

Jo-Anne Dickson

Condolences to the Cox family. Thinking of you and. Don and Jo-Anne (White) Dickson

Gloria White & Brian Neil

The news of Paul’s passing was a shock and still hard to believe. I’m sending condolences to all family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. xo

( Paul & I went to school together in NS )

Susan Cox-Price

Rest in peace dear brother…will miss you and your funny stories…love you always…xoxo

Radwan Fallah

thank you for always being there for me and my family you were a great person and will be dearly missed by all ❤️

Debbie Thompson

Although I have not seen you in forty plus years Paul, I cherish the memories of cousin time every summer in Nova Scotia. Those memories are so ingrained in my heart. Your need to tease relentlessly, times at the wharf, in the egg room and our ‘productions’ in the basement are all such happy memories. How I wish I could have seen adult Paul. Rest In Peace dear cousin. We will meet again some day.

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