Mr. Thomas Albert David "Ab" Cox

15 January , 19397 March , 2019

Thomas Albert David Cox – best known as “Ab,” devoted husband and proud father of three daughters passed away peacefully at age 80 on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in his home in King City, Ontario. Ab was fortunate to be surrounded by his loving family.

Ab is survived by his wife Marion (McNamee), his daughter Tracy Cox, husband Lloyd Pope and grandson Alexander Pope of Aurora, ON; daughter Melissa Cox, husband James Ireland and granddaughter Charlotte Ireland of Palm Springs, CA; daughter Christina Cox, husband Grant Mattos and granddaughter Flynn Mattos of Los Angeles, CA and his younger brother, Peter Cox of Oshawa, ON. He is predeceased by his adoring parents Clarence “Fliv” Cox and Helen (Darch) Cox of Oshawa.

Born in Oshawa Ontario on January 15, 1939, Ab had an idyllic childhood, growing up in Oshawa and summering at Sturgeon Lake with his family. Ab loved fishing with his father and brother and listening to their father Fliv play banjo, perhaps sparking his lifelong love of music. All three of his girls have wonderful memories of sunset fishing on the lake and impromptu singalongs with Daddy and Grandpa.

Ab attended O’Neil Collegiate, a gifted athlete excelling in both gymnastics and track. He went on to the University of Toronto in the Department of Engineering. Ab’s lifelong love of cars soon pulled him into a decades long career with General Motors before deciding to open his own dealership in Aurora in 1986. Ab Cox Pontiac Buick GMC was a labour of love for him and he happily put in countless hours to make it a success over its 23 years in business. Ab was renowned for his honesty, his integrity and his generosity. His position in the community and the appreciation they have for him is still remarked upon to this day.

Ab married Marion, the “love of his life,” on September 8, 1962. Ab was totally adored and gently teased by the women in his life and submitted good-naturedly (being completely outnumbered) to nicknames like “Abnormal” and “Energy Ab” along with appearing in their many skits, elaborate Halloween haunted houses and short films. He was an exceptionally principled man who despite a wry sense of humour and a joke for every occasion, lived genuinely by the adage “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He gave his children the gifts of courage, integrity, creativity, love for music and sense of humour. The family will forever cherish the dedication he had to his “girls.”

A memorial gathering in honour of Ab will be held on Sunday March 31, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Home in Aurora, Ontario. 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora (at Yonge St.)

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Southlake Regional Health Centre, who took such good care of him in his final days. To the nurses and doctors on the 6th floor: thank you for all the kindness and compassion you showed him during his stay. The family would also like to thank the hospice nurses of GEM Healthcare, who made his final days at home possible and Andy Hadcock of Shoppers Drug Mart for his support and concern.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cox family.

As we struggle with this tremendous loss, we are reminded of the words of one of Ab’s favourite musicians: "Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright." – Bob Marley


31 March

Memorial Gathering

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South
Aurora, ON L4G 6W8


  • Memorial Donations, "Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright." – Bob Marley

Mr. Thomas Albert David "Ab" Cox

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Merilyn and Jim MCCART

16 March 2019

Marion and Family - sorry to hear of Ab’s Passing - he was a great man so personal. You have many great memories to remember him by - thinking of you all and sending big hugs
Love MCCART family

David Micallef

16 March 2019

Dear Marion, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss, Ab was a great man, my thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
A true gentleman who was always there to listen to anyone in need, never to dismiss or overlook a request that was asked of him. I was a Sales Manager for Ab for 14 Years and I can say he treated me as if I was family. His honest and genuine approach will be missed but never forgotten. I will always cherish our time together especially his love to fish which included trips to the Franklin Club where he was a most gracious Host.
My Condolences,

Gail and Irving Leitner

16 March 2019

Dear Marion and family,

We are saddened to read about our neighbour Ab’s passing.
He was a gentleman and we were always pleased to be in his company.

Our sincere condolences for your loss .We hope that fond memories of him inspire you and give you comfort at this time.

Linda Cseh

15 March 2019

Im sorry to hear about Ab . My maiden name is Wark and Ab worked with my father William (Bill) for years at Gm . They were good friends during their years at GM. My husband Rick Cseh went on to work for Ab at the dealership. Ab always had a smile for me whenever I bumped into him . We are thinking of you at this difficult time .

Marika pedersen

15 March 2019

To Tracey & the Cox Family-
Wade and I are so sorry to hear that Ab has passed.
We know how amazing Ab was! I knew him as your incredible dad, Tracey,- one of the best dads I’ve ever met!

Funny, sociable and kind, we will remember him as a great man.
Please know you are all in our prayers.
Marika and Wade

Frank Nagy

13 March 2019

Dear Marian and family We are saddened to hear of Ab's passing We remember the fun times we had when we were all young and all lived on Fernhill/Glenforest and were raising our young families. Many fond memories of him entertaining us at our get-togethers. As we eventually all moved we sort of lost touch but, still remember all the good memories that were created.
Our condolences
Helen and Frank Nagy

Ian Kavanagh

13 March 2019

Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathies on uncle Abs passing.
It amazes me how uncle Ab largely looked the same over the years. He seemed to age well.
On my morning runs around the neighbourhood i often pass your old house in the Glens and recall the happy times swimming.

Ian, Maureen & Sam

Michael Greig

13 March 2019

I'm saddened to read this news. :( I worked for Ab for a few years and was inspired buy his honest and sincere approach to the industry. I can still remember one of his commonly used replies to me "Oh Sure" like to was spoken yesterday...My condolences to all of you in this sad time. God Bless.

Tracy Cox

12 March 2019

Jerry Gazarek

12 March 2019

I am very saddened to hear of Ab’s passing. He was always a dear friend when we were both GM employees and then later through-out our career as auto dealers. Ab never ceased to demonstrate utmost integrity and decency in his professional and private career,, he was a good man and a great friend.
My condolences go out to Marion and the girls , he lead an exemplary life.
Jerry Gazarek.