John J. Cox
ATHOL — A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Cox Jr. was held Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Our lady Immaculate Church.
Rev. Edwin Montana, pastor of Our Lady, officiated. The organist was Terry Parker and soloist was Liz Hume. John’s son Jay processed in with the urn. The readings were read by granddaughters Jennifer Gauthier and Amy MacDonald. The Offertory Gifts were brought forth by his sister Janice Dawe and friends Pat and Dennis Killay. The eulogy was given by his daughter Tracey MacDonald.
Burial with full Military Honors followed in Silver Lake Cemetery. The Athol American Legion Post provided the Firing Party and the Newton Police provided the Color Guard. A reception followed at the Red Apple Barn in Phillipston.
Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, directed arrangements.
ATHOL — John James Cox Jr., of Athol, passed away on Tuesday March 7, 2017.
He was born on April 27, 1938, to John J. Cox and Margaret (Arthur) Cox in Boston.
He leaves his children, Jay Cox and Tracey MacDonald and her husband William MacDonald; a sister, Janice of Tempe, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Gelinas) Gauthier, Neil MacDonald and his wife Amy, Lauren MacDonald, Maddison MacDonald, Jessica Cox, and Gabrielle Cox; two great-grandchildren, Jacob MacDonald, and Carter Holloway; and many nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Jean (Cummings) Cox; brothers, George Cox, Jim Cox, Victor Cox, and Gerald Cox; and sisters, Rita and Marie.
John attended St. Anthony’s Elementary in Allston, St. Columkilles High School in Brighton, and earned an associate’s degree from Western New England College. John also served in the United States Coast Guard as a boatswain’s mate third class from 1961 to 1968. John enjoyed playing softball, hunting, camping and he was a huge sports fan. He loved playing cribbage, Fantasy Football, summers at the beach and spending time with family and friends. He served 32 years on the Newton Police Department as well as treasurer of the Newton Police Department Memorial Fund and was a member of the Newton Police Color Guard. He enjoyed his many years of volunteer work at both Our Lady Immaculate Food Pantry and Sharing Our Father’s Bread.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday March 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St. Athol. Burial will follow at Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of John to Our Lady Immaculate Food Pantry or Sharing Our Father’s Bread, 192 School St. Athol, MA 01331.
To view the online guestbook or to leave a condolence, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting the family with arrangements.
ATHOL — John J. “Jack” Cox, 78 of Athol, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time.
Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting with arrangements.