Ronald Ellswood Cox

April 26, 1920

– May 20, 2016

Ron passed away at Kootenay Lake Hospital at the age of 96 years. He was born in Tredegar, Wales one of seven children to Thomas & Margaret Cox. The family immigrated to Canada when Ron was ten.

He is survived by his loving wife Sheila of 69 years, daughters Vivian(David) Postlethwaite of Nelson, Ronda(Ken) Houlind of Cranbrook, and Karen(Charles) Smart of Maple Ridge. Ron was predeceased by his son, Spence(Sandy) Cox of Nelson.

Ron had eight grand children and numerous great grandchildren.

He was a world War II veteran a member of the Canadian Scottish Regiment and served overseas in Great Britain prior to the June 6, 1944 allied invasion of Normandy at Juno beach. He fought his way across Europe. Towards the end of the war he was wounded and then taken prisoner near Kleve, Germany. He was placed in Stalog X1, a P.O.W. camp for 40 days. Ron was marched toward the Russian border only to be turned back by artillery fire and finally liberated by allied forces.

Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. Ron and Sheila were square dancers for many years and he loved to go to opera listen to the music as he would say to recharge his batteries.

We would like to thank Dr. Jim Noiles, the doctors and nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital for their care.

As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make a donation to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #51 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of choice.

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A service of remembrance will be held at Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 51, Nelson, BC on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Arrangements are under the direction of

Thompson Funeral Service

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