Funeral for Falmouth dock worker Les Cox
THE family members of a retired Falmouth docks worker who died last month say they feel “supported” by the constant stream of cards and messages from family, friends and former colleagues.
The 40-strong family will gather at Penwerris Church on Thursday to pay their final respects to Les Cox who died while on holiday in Majorca just 90 minutes after being taken to hospital.
Les Cox’s wife Kathleen and daughter, Beckie, say they have received over 100 cards of condolence since his death.
“Because it came as such a shock it makes us feel supported,” said Beckie Cox, “and we are still getting cards through the post now.”
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The 66-year-old had been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for some time before his death on September 14.
“What a wonderful man,” said Ms Cox. “He was a family man, he was always there for us. Anything we needed he would help us with it.
“He loved all his grandchildren. He is definitely going to be missed.”
Les had been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 45 years. He also leaves three children, five grandchildren and two bothers.
Mrs Cox said: “He will be much missed, judging by the 100 cards I’ve received I should say so.
“I started putting them away and then more started coming through the door.
“I feel good because it’s nice to know that people care about him.”
One Facebook user wrote on Ms Cox’s timeline: “I loved your dad, have such lovely memories of him.”
Another wrote: “Sorry to hear about your dad Bec, Lesley was such a lovely man.”
Family members from the Falmouth area will join friends and former colleagues for the service at St Michael and All Angels Church, Penwerris, on Thursday at 10am, which will be followed by a burial at Falmouth cemetery.
The service will feature one of his favourite songs, Whatever You Want, by Status Quo.
“That is what he would have loved,” said Ms Cox.
Les Cox worked as a mason, fisherman and miner, at Wheal Jane.
He joined Falmouth Docks 1986 and worked there until his retirement two years ago.