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Richard A. Cox

February 19, 1941 ~ March 8, 2020 (age 79)


Richard A. Cox, 79 of Downingtown, PA passed away Sunday March 8, 2020 at PowerBack Rehabilitation in Exton. 

He was the husband of Geraldine Haley-Cox. 

Born February 19, 1941 in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Edward A. Cox and the late Helen Sharp Cox. 

Richard graduated from West Chester High School in 1958.  Following high school, he served as a Marine from January 7, 1959 to December 14, 1962. 

Richard started working as a Railroad Conductor in 1963 and worked for the Reading Railroad, Conrail and Norfolk Southern until his retirement at age 65. During that time he and his younger brother owned the Ripplewood Inn Brothers II, and Lorenzo's Pizza in Elkins Park. After his retirement, Richard worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. 

He was a member of the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club, where he attended many of their annual surf fishing tournaments in early October. He worked as a judge and Gerri worked as a scorer.  Richard was also a member of the Reading Railroad Veteran Employees Association; attending their monthly luncheons. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends made over his 43 years of service with the railroad. 

Richard enjoyed traveling, golf and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and pets, Chippie and Brodie and hanging out with his old railroad buddies. Most of all, he loved telling jokes and making people laugh. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Cara Newton, Richard Cox (Tara), Ryan Cox (Anna), Christian Cox, Thomas Haley and Jessica Haley; his grandchildren Sydd and Ethan Cox, Elijah and Finley Cox, Matthew Kathrins, Madison and Riley Rosado, Connor Haley; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Louise and Ethel; his brothers, David and Larry. 

Relatives and Friends are invited to his Visitation on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 10:00-11:45am at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181,; followed by his Funeral Service at 12:00 pm.  

Interment will be Private. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 and/or ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929     

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March 12, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19380

Funeral Service
March 12, 2020

12:00 PM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St.
West Chester, PA 19380

Interment will be Private


Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675

P.O. Box 96929, Washington DC 20090-6929
Tel: 1-800-628-0028

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