WATERTOWN, NY — Edison W. Cox, Jr., 75, formerly of Watertown and Carthage, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at the Country Manor Nursing and rehabilitation Center, Carthage.
Services will be held 10 am Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at the Church of the
Latter-Day Saints in Carthage. Burial will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the
Muskellunge Cemetery, Evans Rd., Town of Hounsfield.
Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown.
He is survived by his longtime friend Kate Dickson Johnson and family. He will be
missed by colleagues from SUNY Jefferson and his friends in the downtown
Watertown area and at the Carthage Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
He was predeceased by his beloved grandparents John and Marjorie Shultz Roacher and his uncle John “Jiggs” Roacher.
He was born in Watertown, May 1, 1944, a son to Edison W., Sr. and Mary Roacher
Cox. He graduated from Watertown High School, Jefferson Community College with an associate’s degree and SUNY Potsdam where he studied History and Political Science, with a bachelor’s of arts degree.
Ed was employed in the maintenance department at Jefferson Community College for many years retiring April 15, 1995.
Edison was a strong advocate for higher education. He was a founding member of
the SUNY Jefferson Alumni Association, serving as the association’s president. He
helped develop and support Alumni Programs and activities for many years and spoke at a college presidential inauguration. Ed was known for his philanthropy and gifting of scholarships to benefit students at JCC. He was honored with an award from the colleges athletic department for his support of the annual alumni basketball game. He was a volunteer for the Veterans Club. Ed’s commitment to the college community touched many lives.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.