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Born: Feb 08, 1930

Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2020

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It is with broken hearts, that we announce the passing of Cecil Crawford Cox, on January 31, 2020, with his family by his side.
Cecil was born on the family farm near Minitonas to Archie and Caroline Cox on February 8, 1930. After graduating from high school, he taught for one year on permit in a one room country schoolhouse. Finding that to his liking, he went to Normal School, graduating with the Class of 1950. He taught for three years in Shoal Lake and then another three years in Minnedosa. Cecil was a strong believer in the importance of education. He returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and later a Bachelor of Education.
After graduating, Cecil accepted a position at Carberry Collegiate, where he met the love of his life, Sharon. They married on December 22, 1962. They settled in Neepawa in July of 1964, when Cecil became the Principal of Neepawa Collegiate. It was there that they raised their family. In 1969, he was appointed the Superintendent of Beautiful Plains School Division, where he remained for 20 years, retiring in 1989. He was affectionately known by his colleagues as "the Silver Fox".
Cecil was always very involved in the Neepawa community. He was a committed member of the Lions Club and dedicated many hours to service. He spent six years on Neepawa Town Council and was involved in numerous community committees. He was especially proud of his twenty-six years as Treasurer of the Neepawa and District
Disabled Persons Association.
Cecil loved sports of all kinds. He played baseball, curled, golfed and bowled. He coached hockey, even though he never learned to skate. He umpired baseball and refereed high school football and basketball games. He was on the organizing committee for the Manitoba Summer Games. He was a Blue Bomber season ticket holder for over 25 years. He also loved watching curling. Cecil and Sharon attended several Grey Cup games and major curling events. They often planned their trips to Ontario to visit Janice and her family around Blue Jays home games.
Above all, Cecil was an exceptional husband, father and "grandpa" who always put his family first. He was kind, compassionate, and endlessly generous. He will be dearly missed by his wife Sharon, his children, Leigh, Janice (Kent Roach) and Graham (Toni Head) and his grandchildren, Erin and Carey Roach and Aidan and Sydney Cox.
Cecil was predeceased by his parents, Caroline and Archie, his siblings, Gordon, Anita and Alvin, and his son-in-law Allen Werstiuk.
Cecil wished to be cremated. There will be a family graveside ceremony at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, at a later date.
Donations in Cecil's memory may be made to Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0S2.

Bardal Funeral Home
843 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-7474

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My sincere condolences on Cecil's passing. I had lived across the street from the Cox family in the early 1970's at my grandma Hazel's. I remember having a great time throwing a baseball with Cecil, he had also taken me to a skating rink on different occasions. Used to love coming over to the Cox house, and playing on the swing set that was in the basement. And playing in the yard with Carrey the dog was always a treat. Janice, Leigh, Cecil, Sharon, and Graham, you had given me a pocket knife for my 5th birthday in 1971, I still have it today, I've always thought of it as a rare treasure. My warmest thoughts to you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Doug (Dougie) Bodington (Family friend) on: Feb 13, 2020

  • To Sharon and family, our sincere condolences. Ed has many fond memories of Cecil and his dedication to Lions club and community projects. Such a friendly and positive person; an example for us all. - Posted by: Ed and Helga Perrett (Lions club member) on: Feb 10, 2020

  • Sharon and family, so sorry to hear of Cecil passing, we were away at the time and just saw his obit in the Wpg Free Press. Take care, our thoughts are with you and your family. Wayne and Geri - Posted by: Wayne and Geri Slobodian (cousin) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • Our sincere sympathy to Sharon and family on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. We’re sure you will miss him greatly. - Posted by: Bob and Diane Hockin (Lion’s Club associate) on: Feb 06, 2020

  • Sharon and family Our sincere condolences to you and family on Cecil's passing. He leaves a huge legacy in Neepawa with his involvement in so many community board and clubs. His dedication to our town was very special and he will be remembered. Harvey and Betty Ebner - Posted by: Harvey Ebner (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2020

  • Mr. Cox was a nice person and a pretty good pool player. Deepest sympathies Sharon and family. - Posted by: Rod Wright (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2020

  • Mr. Cox was my teacher at Carberry Collegiate. Although I wasn’t very athletic, so didn’t have him for a coach, he was a great teacher and a pleasure to be around. Thoughts go to the family, I will always remember his wonderful hair and his smile. - Posted by: Arlene (Moffatt) Nicholson (Student of Mr Cox) on: Feb 03, 2020

  • Our condolences to Sharon and family. Have known Cecil since he was my principal at NACI many years ago. Then when we moved back we were active Lion’s members together. Many fond memories. He was one of the good ones and will be missed. Dave & Leigh Wolfe - Posted by: Dave & Leigh Wolfe (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • I miss you already grandpa. Thank you for always being there with a big smile and a comforting hug. Your kind soul will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Sydney Cox (Granddaughters ) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • Cecil was one of the kindest, encouraging and thoughtful educator I ever encountered. His death diminishes me. - Posted by: Mary-Ella Proven (Colleague ) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • Sharon and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on Cec's passing. We will always carry fond memories of his warm and cheerful personality and his life-long dedication to education. Sincerely, Gilda and Robert - Posted by: Gilda and Rpbert Swayze (Friend and Colleague) on: Feb 01, 2020

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