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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A memorial service for Guy F. Hickox, a lifelong resident of Williamstown, will be held at the Sherman Burbank Chapel at Eastlawn Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at 2 p.m. Mr. Hickox had recently celebrated his 95th birthday on Jan. 9. He passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Jan. 30, 2005, at Sweetbrook Care Center.

Mr. Hickox was the son of Belle (Edmans) and Henry Charles Hickox of Bee Hill Road and the grandson of Samuel and Lydia Hickox. He grew up on the Hickox apple farm on Bee Hill. When he was 10 years old, his father passed away.

Guy, his mother and younger sister Margaret Lydia (Peg) then moved into town. His sister died at age 18 of tuberculosis.

In the 1920s, Mr. Hickox was an apprentice gardener specializing in carnations at Elm Tree House, one of the Lenox “cottages.” He later worked for Mount Hope Farm for many years in the cow barn, on Chicken Hill and at Longacre in the Hopper. When Mount Hope closed, he began work in environmental services at Morgan Hall at Williams College. During his time with Williams College, he was also caretaker at the Proctor Estate in New Ashford.

He married Olive Abigail Gavin of Bennington in 1933, living in the White Oaks, then on Green River Road before moving to the Hopper. During his working years, he was an active member of several local bowling teams, winning many individual and team trophies. In later years, he enjoyed golfing with friends.

After retirement, he and his wife moved to Luce Road where he was an avid gardener. He grew flowers and vegetables which were shared with many friends in town. Mr. Hickox was a hardworking provider for his family, a wonderful father to his daughter and a devoted husband to Mrs. Hickox, who passed away in 1985, after 52 years of marriage.

Throughout his life, Mr Hickox could be seen fishing the local streams; he loved the outdoors and was a true friend to animals, domestic and wild. He had many four-footed friends during his lifetime. Mr. Hickox loved working in his flower gardens on Luce Road and was a fixture on his tractor, maintaining his and neighbors’ lawns and gardens. He was an enthusiastic woodworker, spending winter days working in his shop and is remembered by many for his stepstools and birdhouses.

Mr. Hickox leaves one daughter, Margaret A. (Peg) Hickox, a nurse manager in San Francisco, as well as his beloved, Rachel Daniels of Williamstown, his treasured friend, Cathy Dunn, and his devoted supporter, Flo Bourdon. He will be forever in our hearts.

There are no calling hours scheduled.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Williamstown House of Local History at the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 5, 2005
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