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Spence Cornell Cox

June 27, 1947 - March 1, 2011


Spence Cornell Cox
June 27, 1947 – March 1, 2011
After suffering a debilitating stroke in February 2008 and a courageous battle with cancer, Spence passed away peacefully on March 1, 2011.
Spence was born in Nelson, BC on June 27, 1947. He worked in construction throughout BC and Alberta. Spence loved the outdoors, cooking and entertaining and was a muscle car enthusiast. He loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe with his family.
Spence is survived by his wife Sandy of 25 years, his step son JD (Jen) Ekstrom of Calgary, step daughter Joleen (Greg) Kilpatrick of Nelson, four grand children, his parents Ron and Sheila Cox of Nelson, three sisters Vivian (David) Postlethwaite of Nelson, Ronda (Ken) Houlind of Cranbrook, and Karen (Charlie) Smart of Maple Ridge and a large extended family.
We will all miss his infectious smile and his wonderful sense of humour.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Nelson on May 21, 2011 at 1:00PM.
As an expression of sympathy, family and friends may make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 4-1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 292, Nelson, BC V1L 5P9.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca
Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Beverley Robertson
Relation: friend of Sandy

You will be in my thoughts and prayers Sandy – you and your family.
Love Bev

From: Joyce Gladdish
Relation: client of Sandy's

Dear Sandy: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.Joyce

From: Lee Waddell and William Kalyniuk
Relation: friend of Spence and Sheila and Ron

We always enjoyed a visit from Spence his smile and good humor were infectious when he came to visit his parents. It was a privilege to know him. Our thoughts are with you always Lee and William

From: Brian Fairbank
Relation: friend

I was very sorry to hear of your loss of Spence and offer sincere condolences to all of the Cox family.

Spence figured pretty large in my younger years growing up on Ridgewood Road. Spence was nice guy, somewhat of a rebel and absolutely fearless. The Ridgewood troopers had many high adventures and occasionally got into light trouble on the mountain behind Ridgewood Road, on Shannon’s farm, in Blaylock’s, along the highway and on the lake. When Spence flashed his wide smile, you knew something might be brewing. We bussed to school in Nelson from Grade 1 – Grade 9 so the young Ridgewood scholars also had a lot of hang-time at the base of RR waiting for the morning bus. We all went separate ways, however, I used to relate Spence stories to my kids growing up on the North Vancouver mountainside so Spence became somewhat of a legend to my three boys. I visited Spence once while he was recovering from his life altering industrial work accident; he was in rough shape at the time. Then I saw him years later at an L. V. Rogers class reunion – he was back to the Spence of old with the big smile, easy laugh and rakish attitude. l wanted my kids to meet “the legend” and he obliged with a visit to the family home on Ridgewood Road.

From: Sally Hazel
Relation: Sandy's niece, Joleen & JD's cousin

Sandy, Joleen, JD and families – so sorry to hear about Spence. I know it’s been a long road for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Sal xo

From: Maria Tichonow
Relation: friend from long ago

To all of Spences family;
My very deepest condolences you are in my prayers. I have not seen Spence since his terrible accident but think of him often, fondly. He was very special to me. Much love and God speed dear friend.

From: Gail
Relation: A Friend

A bright smiling light has left Nelson. Rest in Peace Spence, you will be missed. Spence was one of the first people I met when I moved to Nelson, his humour his smile and his outgoing personality will be truly missed. My sympathy to all his family.

From: Dave and Bonnie Waddell
Relation: We are friends of Ron and Sheila

Our deepest sympathy to you, Ron and Sheila and Spence’s family. So sorry for your loss.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: family friend

I am so very sorry Sandy, to hear of Spence passing.

Please know that you are in my thoughts now.
With Love, Linda Zeznik

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 21, 2011
Beginning at 1:00pm

Legion Hall
402 Victoria Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4K5

402 Victoria Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4K5

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