Paul W. Cox, “The Tank”, 78, of Norwich, NY, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his home.
He was born September 20, 1942 in Binghamton, NY. He was a graduate of the Oxford Academy and attended Ithaca College. On April 1, 1974, Paul married Mildred Ferguson, who predeceased him on August 7, 2016. Paul was a U.S. Army veteran who retired in October 1993. During his military career, he was a Russian interpreter, active in the air national guard and instructed new cadets in the Army Reserves. Paul pursued several careers over his lifetime. He worked for Syracuse Supply Company and installed road signs for Hummel Road Signs. Paul was a bakery specialist for the Tracy Bakery. He also was a sales representative for Victory Markets. He worked security at Proctor & Gamble. Paul worked at the Brown Ave Bowling Alley teaching bowling lessons as well as bartending. Paul was an avid fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and watching TV westerns. He was also an accomplished bowler who bowled several 300 games. Above all, Paul was a family man who was devoted to his wife and children.
Surviving are his daughters, Theresa (Daniel) Decker of Greenville, SC; Pamela Mealey and fiancé, Bill Bandera of Norwich; Paula (Jamie) Crawford of Oxford; Rae Anne (Frank) Pisa of Cicero; Jennifer Cox (Dennis Doyle) of Norwich; grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Detandt, Margaret (Brett) Oles, Matthew (Tracy) Crawford, Michael Decker, Sgt. Alyshia Crawford USMC (Savanah Crawford) Elizabeth (Hector) Bedoya, Robbie Antonowicz, Joshua Decker, Nicole Mealey, Cameron Pisa, Devin Pisa, Vinny Pisa, Logan Yaddow, Brennan Paul Cox; great-grandchildren, Nikia Ruling, Joseph Detandt, Bentley Calvert, Caleb Detandt, Roman Decker, Jason Detandt, Gabriel Bedoya, Jaxon Bedoya, KC Darragh, Caysen Oles, Kaylee Darragh, Kendrick Oles and step-great-grandchildren, Deven Cassell and Gabriella Robinson. Paul also had four brothers, Donald, Charles and Douglas Cox and Terry Chesebro, and a sister, Shirley Symmonds. He was predeceased by his mother and step-father, Ola Mae (Riggs) and Ted Chesebro.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.