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Ralph Ernest Cox

September 25, 1961July 21, 2020

Portland, ME - Ralph E. Cox, 58, of Portland, ME passed away on July 21, 2020 after a torturous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Ralph was born to Ernestine L. and Ralph V. Cox, Jr. on September 25, 1961 in Portland ME. Ralph grew up and attended South Portland schools. Upon graduation Ralph joined the U. S. Navy. Ralph specialized in all aspects of diesel engine operation and maintenance. Ralph was stationed at Norfolk, VA., and sailed around the world on DDG 38 U.S.S. Luce.

Ralph returned to Maine after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. Ralph worked at many jobs until he was hired by Maine Medical Center in Security. Due to the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis and its’ complications Ralph was unable to work again.

Ralph loved animals, the ocean, fishing, computer technology, watching baseball and Kansas City Chiefs football, taking walks when he could and shrimp! Ralph had a rebellious, hell-raising streak but was also quiet, caring and had a big heart. Ralph gave the shirt off his back to many, never hesitating to help if he could.

Unsavory, exploitive people took advantage of Ralphs’ kindness for years.

May those who exploited and took advantage of Ralph be prepared to answer to your maker and explain to Ralph why he was victimized by you.

Ralph is preceded by his father, Ralph V. Cox, Jr., Sister Marilyn Lawrence, and grandparents Nellie Alcott, Ralph V. Cox, Sr. and Nellie Mae Dow Cox.

Ralph is survived by his mother, Ernestine Louise Cox-Webb of Anson, ME.; sisters’ Sally A. Ledford of Wichita, KS, Pamela E. Silberberg and husband Gary of Augusta, ME.: brothers Vernon L. Cox of Anson, ME., Daniel R. Cox of Portland, ME.; one nephew, three nieces, and five grandnephew/nieces. Ralph is survived by many good and faithful friends.

Ralphs’ family expresses thanks to all the medical professionals, caregivers and friends that helped Ralph through his life.

Ralph requested no services. Ralph will return to the ocean by his family.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at nationalmssociety.org.


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Pamela Silberberg

July 31, 2020

one of many fun adventures with Ralph as a kid is taking Ralph, Vernon and Danny fishing. We walked from home across the million dollar bridge. We bought 5 cent heads of iceberg lettuce for a snack. We went to the Maine State Pier, dropped lines and ate crisp cool lettuce. Duckling (Ralph) would catch and release the most fish using Fritos' corn chips as bait! I love you Ralphy-Baby


July 31, 2020

Sally and Pam: I am so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very loving, giving person. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Charlotte Libby

July 30, 2020

Though I did not know Ralph I want to extend condolences to the family. My husband and I were in the Navy. I am sorry for the hardships he had to endure.

Eleanor Dudek

July 30, 2020

Ralph was a kind, dear man, who shared many of his Navy stories with me. He always tried to help others, taking no credit for his good deeds. Multiple Sclerosis met it's match with Ralph, who never let his challenges with this disease, get him down. He would always proudly tell me how far he walked, in his travels, and never complained about himself. I will miss our talks and his positive outlook on life.