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SAMPLE OBITUARIES FOR FATHER
THOMAS COX, 74
Thomas “Tommy” Michael Cox, 74, of Miami, Florida, passed away, Monday, March 19, 2012 at his home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 21 at Campbell and Park Funeral Services, 5535 Water Way, Miami, Florida 43523, Reverend Martin Collins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Ocean View Cemetery in Miami. Friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to sign Tommy’s guestbook may do so at www.yourtribute.com
Thomas was born January 15, 1938 in Sarasota, Florida to Harold and Bethany (Ford) Cox. He graduated from Sarasota Central High School in 1955 and from the University of South Florida in 1960. On June 20, 1962 he married the former Barbara Cathy Walters in Miami. Thomas was employed as a real estate agent and was one of the leading agent’s in his region. He enjoyed to work and only retired a few years prior to his passing. He was an avid boater and a member of the Miami Yacht Club. He spent most of his weekends on the water sailing. He also enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Thomas is survived by his two sons, Mark William Cox and his wife Jane of Miami, FL, Bob Jones Cox and his wife Mary of Sarasota, FL, and Julie Jane Cox of Miami, FL; three grandchildren, Jane and Billy Cox, his sister Barb Jones of Orlando, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Bethany, and his wife Barbara Cathy Cox (Walters) in 2009.
RALPH WILLIAMS, 55
Ralph Nicholas Williams, 55, of Calgary, AB, succumbed to lung cancer at home surrounded by his family on April 3, 2012.
Ralph is survived by his wife Sandra of 25 years, daughter Jane (Bill) Smith, son Robert (Julie) Williams, stepson Joe (Cyndi) Michaels, parents Walter and Jane Williams, brother Robert (Bethany) Williams, sisters Mary Williams and Jennifer (Mark) Thomas, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Ralph was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Ralph loved carpentry and worked as a general contractor for 30+ years until he was forced to stop due to his illness. He enjoyed sports and played football, baseball and basketball on the weekends. He also enjoyed cooking and reading. Ralph was always there to help friends with carpentry projects or whatever else they needed him for.
A special thank you to the Great Plains Hospice in Calgary for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Fields and Sons Funeral Home for all of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Fields and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, April 7. Funeral services for Ralph will be a St. Paul’s United Church in Calgary on Sunday, April 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Ralph will be laid to rest at the Wheat Field Cemetery in Calgary, AB. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society PO Box 5039 Ottawa, Ontario.
LAWRENCE COOPER, 60
Lawrence “Larry” John Cooper, 60, passed away in his sleep at home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born January 14, 1952 to Albert and Virginia (Reed) Cooper in Jersey City, New Jersey. On June 20, 1970 he married Kathleen Cook in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lawrence enjoyed hunting, fishing and mechanics.
Survivors include his wife Virginia; his 2 sons, Michael Cooper of Newark, and Robert Cooper of New York; 5 grandchildren Mona, Debra, Cathy, Carolyn and Michael; and 2 grandchildren Alexis and Peter; 3 sisters Martha Jones of New York, Anna Smith of Newark, and Kimberly Smith of Atlanta; 2 brothers Paul Cooper or Newark, and John Cooper of Seattle; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; mother-in-law Judy Waters; 1 brother Bobby Cooper; and 1 sister Maggie Stewart.
A time of gathering will be held on Friday, March 9 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Edwards and Evans Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey. Online condolences can be left on Lawrence Cooper’s memorial tribute at www.yourtribute.com. Memorial donations can be made to the Leukemia Society of America PO Box 4955 399 East 1st Street, Washington, DC 55235.
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Updated: April 16, 2012