CARTHAGE, NY — Edison W. Cox, Jr., 75, formerly of Watertown and Carthage, passed away Wednesday, April 8, at the Country Manor Nursing and rehabilitation Center, Carthage.
Services will be held at a day and time to be announced. Burial will be in the Muskellunge Cemetery, Evans Road, 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 associations 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.
Ed was a lifelong leaner with a strong interest in local and military history. He enjoyed researching in the library and was well known in downtown Watertown, where he would regularly greet local business owners sometimes stopping in for a visit.
Ed knew the value of friendship and made friends wherever he went. He was always happy to share a quip, joke, or a bit of history.
Online condolences may be made at ReedBenoit.com.