Dave and Liz at their 25th wedding anniversary
So sorry to hear this morning that Dave Cox has passed away. I got to know the Cox family - Dave and Liz, Lizzie, Zoe, Toby and Abi - when I was in Leicester. I was a frequent visitor for Sunday lunch which was lovely, and saw them frequently at the Church. I used to play the Organ with Toby, and since leaving Leicester visited a number of times, always sure of a warm welcome. Also, I've met Toby in London and Oxford several times, here's a picture of Toby punting:
Dave did not, I think it's fair to say, have the easiest of lives, particularly early on. When I knew him he was working at the Community of Grace in Leicester, helping youngsters with drug problems. He talked with a passion about the youngsters, the help he was trying to give, suffering with them in the problems they faced, rejoicing in the progress they made and feeling personally the setbacks. There will be many people whose lives are richer through knowing Dave and will miss him sorely.
Perhaps the one memory above all others of Dave I will take with me comes from Liz and Dave's 25th wedding anniversary celebrations. At one stage he turned to me and said, "Twenty-five years, Geoff, twenty-five years! That's three life sentences!" Liz, he loved you dearly. You stood by him through thick and thin and I know you will be feeling his loss acutely.
Liz, Lizzie, Zoe, Toby, Abi and other family members: my thoughts and prayers go with you, may you find peace and comfort at this difficult time. I'm so sorry that I won't be able to join you for the funeral and trust that you are able to share memories of the good times.
Dave: it was a privilege to have known you, rest in peace.