With deep regret we announce the passing of Fred Cox in Vernon, BC on February 26th, 2005. To describe Fred is to describe each of his five sons: adventurous, hard-working, loving, artistic, and athletic. He was deeply devoted to his beautiful wife Fay (Sorensen) for the 52 years of their marriage. Fred was a man of vision, brave enough to follow his dreams. He respected everyone equally, and for that he was well respected and loved.
Fred was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 9th, 1928. An avid member of the Basketball and Swim Teams, he graduated from East High School in 1946. He joined the US Military and served with the Military Police in the Occupation Forces in Korea from 1947 to 1948. After returning from Korea he attended the University of Utah and worked in construction in Alaska for one year before graduating from the Faculty of Business in 1952. He married Fay in Salt Lake City in 1953 and in 1960 they ventured to northern British Columbia to follow their dream of developing a ranch. Far from the conveniences of the big city, their life was an adventure not suited for the faint of heart. With very hard work they carved a ranch from a section of land in Lone Prairie, a valley south of Chetwynd, BC, and formed some strong and cherished life-long friendships. Sadly, their son Larry passed away in 1980. In 1988 Fay and Fred moved to Vernon and soon Fred was pursuing another dream. Encouraged by members of the local triathlon community he secretly entered his first race at age 61. He was hooked. What started as a basic fitness program turned into a focused pursuit of Triathlon gold and Fred trained daily. Race organizers had to open new age categories as Fred and a few others set the pace for seniors. Fred achieved a Silver Medal in the over-70 age group at the Canadian National Triathlon in Toronto in 1999. Fred will be missed by all who knew him well.
Fred is survived by his wife Fay of Armstrong, BC, four sons, three daughters-in-law, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They are sons Rick (Sari and Hilary) of Armstrong, BC; Bret (Grace, Nicole and Michelle) of Chetwynd, BC; Gene (Cody) of Vancouver, BC; Brad of Toronto, ON; and grandson Earl (Tricia and Aaron) of Vernon, BC. He is also survived by his brother Mike Cox (Shirley) of Phoenix, AZ, and his sister Marilyn Cox of Kanab, UT. A service is to be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong, BC at 1PM on Saturday, March 5th. The family requests donations to the Alzheimer Society of BC in lieu of flowers.
A friendly gathering will be held after the service to recount and celebrate Fred’s life at the residence of Rick and Sari’s. Those who would like to attend bring lawn chairs, grubby clothes, and a pot luck item, and a beverage of your choosing. Directions will be provided at the service. Mountain View Funeral Home in care of arrangements 546-8294.