Brighton loses com­mu­nity stal­wart

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

BRIGHTON res­i­dent Roy Cox – win­ner of the French Le­gion of Hon­our 2016 for his in­volve­ment in the Bri­tish land­ing at Nor­mandy on D Day – passed away peace­fully on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 9.

Mr Cox, a lov­ing hus­band of Joyce for 68 years, moved to Brighton in 1957 where he proudly hand built the house for him­self and Joyce in Twenty-third Av­enue.

They lived they un­til re­cently when Roy be­came ill just be­fore An­zac day this year.

Roy was an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and his pas­sion was build­ing repli­cas of navy boats, one in par­tic­u­lar the HMS Cottes­more which he served on dur­ing the war.

He was a for­mer Sandgate Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club pres­i­dent, a ded­i­cated Neigh­bour­hood Watch mem­ber and was awarded a Lil­ley Aus­tralia Day Award in 1996, a Di­ploma of Merit by the Naval As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia in 2001 and last year a Lé­gion d'Hon­neur – Che­va­lier, (Le­gion of Hon­our – Knight) by the French Gov­ern­ment.

Mr Cox is sur­vived by his wife Joyce, three sons, seven grand­chil­dren and five great-granc­chil­dren.

A ser­vice will be held for Mr Cox at Pin­na­roo Ceme­tery, 294 Gra­ham Road in Bridge­man Downs at

11am this Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 22.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCKEOWN

Brighton res­i­dent Roy Cox pic­tured last year when he re­ceived a Le­gion of Hon­our for his role dur­ing D Day in 1944.

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