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Obituary: Frank J. Cox

Frank J. Cox, 89, of Port Orange and Stuart, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2013 at the Halifax Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Care Center in Port Orange, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on August 13, 1923 in New York, son of the late John and Anna (Kelly) Cox. Frank was a World War II veteran, serving as a pilot in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return, he met and married the love of his life, the late Cecilia A. (Fawls) Cox, with whom he shared almost 64 years of marriage. With her, Frank raised seven children in their Manhasset home, all while attaining the rank of Captain in the New York City Police Department. Frank also continued to serve in the United States Air Force Reserves, and retired as a Major. He was a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Frank will be remembered as a thoughtful, generous and humble gentleman, an engaged father, loyal brother, lucky husband, loving grandfather and amazed great-grandfather. He shared his love of sports with his children, challenging them in tennis, swimming and sailing. He encouraged them to learn a skill when offered the opportunity, and built a backyard basketball court so there would be no excuse for not knowing how to execute a decent lay-up (one by unicycle).  He shared his common sense perspective in everyday life, as he remarked to his daughter upon the splintering of their sailboat’s mast and ensuing tangle of sail and hull on Manhasset Bay – “You might as well laugh. It’s going to cost the same…” He was a social networking enthusiast long before Facebook, as a long time ham radio operator under the call sign KA2FWE, and he passed that enthusiasm onto his grandchildren. Frank and his brother, Jack, reveled in teaching their children how to survive the pounding surf at Jones Beach on Long Island’s south shore, and were lucky enough to return with each and every one of them each time.

Frank enjoyed the camaraderie of the Manhasset Joggers group, and did his civic duty proudly, serving as the Munsey Park Cesspool Inspector, before leaving Manhasset in 1997 for Stuart, Florida. He and Cecilia enjoyed the years they spent there, as well as their Long Lake, Maine cabin. At the age of 70, Frank saved a life when he generously became a bone marrow donor to one of his children.

Left to cherish his memory are his brother, John Cox; his children, Ann Marie McAvey (Jim), Vincent  Cox (Ann), Eileen Ricci (Mike), Rosemary Cox-Collins, Gloria Dickson (Bob), Louise Booth (Doug), and Stephen Cox; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Cecilia, on April 4th of this year, and son-in-law Richard L. Collins. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 4675 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Halifax Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


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Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

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