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: www.serenity.ca
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101