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