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Dec. 18, 1916 - Jul. 19, 2014
On July 19, 2014, Wallace Herbs Cox, age 97, passed away peacefully in Venice, FL. He leaves his loving wife of 68 years, Marguerite Mattoon Cox, four adult children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. Prior to their move to Florida in 2004, Wally and Margie were long time residences of Nutley, NJ, where they raised their family and were actively involved in community programs and events. Wally was born December 18, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY. As a young man, he attended and graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY. During his formative years, he spent his summers at the Adirondack Woodcraft Camp where he learned to love nature and developed exceptional horseback riding, camping, canoeing, and boating skills. He instilled those same skills in his children and grandchildren. Stemming from his love of water activities and nature, the extended family has enjoyed an annual vacation time together at a family resort on Sebago Lake for 50 years. Wally, when in his 80's, was known for waterskiing while wearing his sunglasses. Wally earned his B.S. from Harvard University in 1936, followed by his M.B.A., also from Harvard, in 1938. He worked for the Wilkata Company, then Potlatch International Paper Company, in Kearney, NJ, where he advanced from his position as an accountant to president of the Wilkata Division. He met his loving wife on horseback at a dude ranch in upstate New York and they spent a lifetime sharing many of the same interests. They enjoyed many of their retirement years traveling throughout the world. In addition to his loving wife, Wally leaves his two daughters, Linda Cox Maguire of Concord, MA, Suzanne Cox Lewis of Woodbridge, VA, and two sons, Jameson MacLean Cox of Raleigh, NC, and William Wallace Cox of Simsbury, CT. The family is planning a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made on behalf of Wallace H. Cox to the Forever Woodcraft Camp Foundation, a fund established by the Adirondack Woodcraft Camp to endow tuition for children who would not otherwise be able to experience summer camp. The address is: P.O. Box 219, 285 Woodcraft Road, Old Forge, NY 13420, Attention: John David & Tim Leach. Please visit Wally's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Published in Herald Tribune from July 27 to July 28, 2014