appreciation of the life of Sid Cox: 1945-2007
St Mary’s church was packed
with family, friends, and colleagues from the police force and Royal
Mail for the funeral of Sid Cox, who died suddenly on 17 February
2007 following a fall at his home. Sid was a traditional bobby, was always willing to help and touched many
Sid joined the Essex Police
in 1967. He served in
Brentwood and South Benfleet, winning two police commendations.
In 1972 he and his wife Sally came to Wivenhoe and for 25 years Sid was the bobby on the beat.
Towards the end of this time he was one of two Wildlife
Officers covering the Tendring area (Wivenhoe was then in the
Clacton police division).
Sid Cox performing at the Wivenhoe Pageant in
time of the miners’ strike in 1984-85, Sid was seen on TV in the front
line of the police holding
back the pickets so that the coal lorries could leave Wivenhoe Port. With
his overtime pay from the strike he bought a dinghy, painted it red and
called it Arthur, after Arthur Scargill. On retirement Sid became a
postman in Great Bentley and later Alresford.
very much a community person, becoming a member of, and actively taking
part in, several groups. The following are some.
after arriving in Wivenhoe, Sid went to see Peter Overton who ran the
Wivenhoe Youth Club at the Philip Road Centre and became an assistant
leader, a post which he held for 19 years. This was a tremendously active and successful youth club and Sid was very
popular, gaining the confidence of the young people, many of whom he
helped with their problems, and if necessary encouraged on the straight
and narrow. The club was open
five nights a week and usually at weekends. Sid joined one of the annual holidays in the Pyrenees, when
around 40 youngsters would enjoy climbing, canoeing, caving, white-water
rafting and pony-trekking. He
also helped to convert an old mill out there for the youngsters’ use.
Sid and all the staff were involved with the county disco-dancing
events, the youth club winning eight out of thirteen of these events, also
the five-a-side football, the
pool competitions and canoeing
trips on bank holidays. All
in all Sid was an indispensable leader at the youth club.
its early years, Sid was an enthusiastic member of the Wivenhoe
Pantomime Group. The
audience especially liked him on stage as the Fairy Godfather in Cinderella
because they could boo at their local bobby!
He also played Ali Baba, and Peking Sid in Aladdin, and
Dopey in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Gilbert &
Sullivan group drew Sid into their ranks and he was to be seen in many of
a member of the Sailing Club, and was an enthusiastic member of the
Cricket Club social team, playing in the Wednesday evening matches.
He was well known for his slow left arm bowling.
various times Sid was a general committee member of the Wivenhoe
Allotment and Gardens Association where, as a policeman, he could
advise on security matters. Latterly, he was a volunteer for projects run
by the Countryside Ranger in Wivenhoe Woods.
Sid was at one time vice-chairman of the governors of
Broomgrove School and for several years took cycling proficiency
classes at Broomgrove Junior
leaves his widow Sally, and son Stephen.
what Sid's brother, Jim Cox, had to say - see below.
A number of residents have petitioned the Town Council for a
permanent memorial –
a bench, or a tree perhaps – to our long-serving and much appreciated “local copper”, Sid Cox, who died recently.
The Council has agreed to set up a fund for the purpose and
hope that the opening contribution of £50, plus a similar amount
from the Mayor’s charity, will be followed by many more from local
residents. Contact Council offices 01206 822864.
PC Sid Cox on the WSC 'old' hard
in 1985 (photo Brian Sinclair)
|Always ready to lend a helping hand,
especially where youngsters were involved (photo Brian Sinclair).
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A message from Jim Cox - 26th
is good to know that Sid is so fondly remembered by so many
large congregation at the funeral service at St. Mary's
was a great support to myself and to the rest of Sid's family. As
I come to accept, although not come to terms with, Sid's tragic
and untimely death it is some comfort to know that he will be
missed in the Wivenhoe community and that his strong belief in
public service continues.
never tired of talking about Wivenhoe and enjoyed being part of
write this as Sid's big brother, by five years, and so may be
biased. Sid was a gentle man. He was a serious man and a great
lover of nature. He was a much loved brother, brother in law and
uncle. These things also apply to his little sister Eva (Jane) and
her family. It goes without saying that he is also a much loved
and missed husband and dad.
is good to know that there is a move afoot to have a memorial for
Sid. The style of any memorial is a matter for the people of
Wivenhoe but I feel that something that recognises Sid's
commitment to young people and his love of wildlife,
particularly ornithology, would be very appropriate.
pass on to the people of Wivenhoe, especially that congregation
in St. Mary's, the thanks of myself and my family for their
wonderful appreciation of my brother's life.
good wish to you all