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Robert “Bob” Cox, 82, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017, at Watson Fields Assisted Living.
Born in Medfield, Mass., April 9, 1935, Bob was the middle son of Charles and Catherine (Farrell) Cox. He had two brothers, Charles (deceased) and Paul.
Bob was gifted, both academically and athletically, and at the age of 16, he was granted a scholarship to New York Military Academy where he also played numerous varsity sports.
From there, Bob went on to the College of the Holy Cross (also on scholarship) where he earned a degree in economics and graduated with honors. He was extremely proud to have attended Holy Cross and it became part of his identity. Bob continued his education at Suffolk Law School, also earning a Juris Doctorate at NYU in labor law.
Settling in Andover, Mass., Bob worked at American Mutual Insurance Company in Wakefield as a corporate attorney. He was also a lobbyist at the State House, supporting labor law legislation. He then worked on Beacon Hill as president of the Alliance of American Insurance, and toward the end of his professional career, he moved to New Hampshire and taught Law at Hesser College.
Bob loved playing his guitar (self taught) and singing Irish tunes or songs by some of his favorite artists including, James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Harry Chapin, to name a few. Bob loved the Red Sox, and had season tickets for over 30 years. He had a love for the ocean, sun, and sand (he was a lifeguard on the Cape as a teenager), which led him to retire to Siesta Key, Fla. In 2009, Bob moved back to New Hampshire to be closer to his family, and sadly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which, over time, stole the body and mind from him that had always provided him with such strength and opportunity. Bob had a quick wit, and was generous and caring. He was proud of his Irish heritage and a great father, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. He will be missed and remembered with great love.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Sundquist (Cox) of Massachusetts; and granddaughter, Jessa Fitzpatrick of Vermont; his former wife, Penny; and his brother, Paul. His son, David predeceased him. He is also survived by his nephews, Matthew, Christopher, Kevin, and Brian; his nieces, Kelly, Katherine, and Sarah; as well as many grandnephews, grandnieces, and beloved cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Parish of the Assumption St. Mary on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. Following the Mass, a mercy meal will be prepared at the church. There will not be a wake. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support Parkinson’s research.
Published on  June 25, 2017
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