Harold Sox Obituary
 
In Memory of

Harold David Sox

April 24, 1936 - August 28, 2016
Obituary

David, as he was known his entire life, died at home in Palm Springs, CA, on Aug 28, 2016, after a brief struggle with colon cancer. Born in Hickory, NC to The Rev’d Samuel and Nellie Sox, David moved to Greensboro, NC where he spent his formative years . After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina. Having received a Rockefeller Scholarship, David went to Union Seminary in New York City and Virginia Episcopal Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1961. His life took many paths and directions. His first parochial work was at St James’, Upper Mount Clair, NJ, followed by chaplaincies at...



David, as he was known his entire life, died at home in Palm Springs, CA, on Aug 28, 2016, after a brief struggle with colon cancer.





Born in Hickory, NC to The Rev’d Samuel and Nellie Sox, David moved to Greensboro, NC where he spent his formative years . After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina. Having received a Rockefeller Scholarship, David went to Union Seminary in New York City and Virginia Episcopal Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1961.





His life took many paths and directions. His first parochial work was at St James’, Upper Mount Clair, NJ, followed by chaplaincies at Cranbrook School in Michigan, Trinity School, New York City, Cathedral School, San Francisco, and Campbell Hall, Studio City, CA. While in San Francisco he was a minor canon at Grace Cathedral. In 1974 he moved to London where he taught at the American School for 19 years. In England he assisted at Anglican Churches in Richmond , Surrey, Kensington (London) and Peasemore, West Berkshire. He also did locums church work in Monte Estoril, Portugal, and Peckham (London).





David was also an active member of the Society of Friends, commonly called the Quakers. Its belief of a reflective and internal religion appealed greatly to him. He was clerk of the Westminster Meeting, London, for several years.





He is the author of numerous articles and 11 published books on varied subjects from the Shroud of Turin, art collectors and forgers and in later years subjects dealing with well know Quakers. Various titles include ‘The Shroud Unmasked’, ‘Relics and Shrines”, ‘Bachelors of Art’ and ‘Unmasking the Forger’. His later subjects included biographies on John Woolman and Pere David, early naturalists and environmentalists.





David’s great love was animals and the environment. He volunteered for many organizations including years at the London Zoo and the Natural History Museum, London. His favorite place on earth was the African continent so that he could be with nature. David made 6 trips over the years to Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa. He was most happy to be around cheetahs and worked tirelessly promoting their survival.





David leaves his partner of 45 years, Allan Offermann, a brother, Samuel Sox (Sarah) of Myrtle Beach, NC, and nieces and several nephews.





In 2014 David and Allan moved to Palm Springs and made a new life after 40 years in London. He was happy in the sunshine and warmth of the desert and the companionship of long term friendships.





A memorial service will be held at The Church of St Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs, at 2:00 pm on September 15. A donation in memory of David can be made to The Cheetah Conservation Fund http://cheetah.org/



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"Dear Allan, I finally tracked down David but sadly too late it seems. I received a Christmas card a couple of years back with your new address in the US,..." Neil Cameron (London)

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