Craig R. Cox, 59, of Northborough

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Craig R. Cox1964 – 2023

Northborough – It saddens us to announce the passing of Craig Cox on December 15th, 2023, at age 59. Craig was a beloved pillar of his community, decorated veteran, accomplished engineer, singer, pianist, husband, brother, and father and will be greatly missed.

Craig was born April 29, 1964, to the late Kenneth Emil Cox Jr., and Patricia Willin Gillies in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He spent part of his childhood in Germany and Hong Kong, but was primarily raised in Miami, Florida where he graduated from Palmetto high school in 1982.

He enrolled at Georgia Tech University, where he met the love of his life, Suzanne, in freshman calculus and later graduated with his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1986.

Craig joined the Navy after graduation, and completed Navy Nuclear Power School in 1987, before going to serve on the USS Pintado, eventually earning the rank of Lieutenant before leaving the armed forces in 1991. After obtaining his MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of Miami in 1995, Craig married Suzanne in 1998 and settled down in Northborough, Massachusetts.

Craig was best known in Northborough for his dedication to volunteering for the Boy Scouts, the Cultural Council, and the Trails Committee. He spent countless hours organizing charity drives like Scouting for Food, and mentored many scouts on the path to Eagle. Craig was always at the ready to help anyone who needed help and could always be counted on to make sure the last task was complete.

In his free time, Craig was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hiking, biking, kayaking, and exploring wherever he traveled. His passions included singing, especially with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers and the Saint Rose of Lima Choir, the piano, woodworking and building things, and most importantly, spending time with good friends.

Craig is survived by his wife, Suzanne Cox; his children Genevieve, Rose, and Kenneth Cox of Northborough Massachusetts; his sister Amy Cox of Miami Florida; and countless family and friends who meant the world to him. He is preceded in death by his sister Karen Cox in 2022.

A funeral mass will be held for him at 5:00pm Wednesday, December 20th at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Northborough, Massachusetts with a memorial reception to follow at 6:00pm at the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the organization Craig loved to assist: The Mustard Seed Catholic Worker of Worcester MA. Link for donations can be found here: https://mustardseedcw.org/.

Hays Funeral Home of Northborough assisted with arrangements.

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