John Norman Cox












“A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone. Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as when I last saw her. Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.


And just at the moment when someone at my side says she is gone there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout. There she comes!


That is what dying is. A horizon and just the limit of our sight.”


John Norman Cox of Bellevue, WA passed away on Friday December 2nd, 2016. John was born to the late Leslie and Elsie Cox September 3, 1931 in Clifton Bristol, England. John graduated from the prestigious Tiffin Boys School of Surrey England where he studied mechanical engineering. He was active in many sports including football (soccer to you Yanks), rugby, bike racing and kayaking. He married Janice Cox in Toronto, Ontario Canada on August 15th, 1958. They lived together in Toronto, ON; in Jamestown, NY; in Torrance, CA; and in Redmond, WA.


John was very passionate about his career as a mechanical engineer and took great pride in being able to provide well for his family despite never attending university. He enjoyed photography, fishing and woodworking in his spare time. John will be remembered well for his warm smile, his hearty laugh and his quirky English sense of humor.


John was preceded in death by his sisters; Mary Lujan of San Jose, CA and Jean Smith of Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his wife Janice Cox and three sons; John Shaw of Calgary, Alberta Canada; Stephen Cox of Redmond, WA; and Darrell Cox of San Francisco, CA. John is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Mandy Cox, Stephen Cox Jr, Sammy Cox, Victoria Shaw, Derek Shaw and Cassidy Cox Sauvage.


A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday January 21st at Overlake Terrace Retirement Home 2956 152nd Ave. NE Redmond, WA 98052. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s name to the National Alzheimer’s Association (




2 Responses to “John Norman Cox”

  • Ken and Callie Marek says:

    John and Janice were the first friends we made when we moved to California in 1968. We have many happy memories of the times we spent together in California, Washington and Oregon over the years. John had such an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. He was a joy to be around.

    Our sympathies to all the family — he will be missed!

  • Janet Sauvage says:

    When I think of John, I think about how hard he worked to take care of his family. I admired his fierce determination in all he set to accomplish. He was a story teller that commanded your attention. His coy smile, that sense of humor and his laugh is forgettable. His passing is sad and I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all

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