Andover — William Philip “Wiffy” Cox, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, Mass. Wiffy, as he was called by family and friends, earned the nickname in his youth as a connection to American professional golfer, Wiffy Cox, who won nine times on the PGA Tour in the 1930s.
“Wiffy” Cox was born in Lowell, Mass., on June 3, 1922, and was the son of the late Patrick William and Annabelle (McLaughlin) Cox. He was educated and lived in Lowell until his marriage in 1952. He was one of five children and all of his siblings predeceased him; Isabelle McKiernan Nangle, Rose Nangle, Elizabeth Morrissey, and Donald Cox, who is survived by his widow, Mary (Quinn) Cox.
Having served in the U.S. Army, Wiffy was a proud veteran of World War II. For more than 30 years, he worked as a motor vehicle supervisor for New England Telephone Co., retiring in 1984 to pursue many years of daily golf rounds and living between homes in Boynton Beach, Fla., and Drakes Island, Maine. In 2010, to be closer to his children, all of whom live in the Merrimack Valley, Wiffy moved back to Andover and lived at Atria Marland Place. A man of generosity, good humor and unfailing optimism, some of his best memories with family and friends were created at his yearly Memorial Day weekend birthday parties. He was a proud member of Cape Arundel Golf Club, Kennebunkport, Maine, and often spoke of his accomplished golf moments, which included a hole-in-one in Bath, Maine, and a tournament win at St. Andrews Links, Scotland.
Wiffy was the widower of Mary Frances (Moynihan) Cox of Andover, who died in1995, and with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. He is survived by daughters, Judith, wife of Stephen Marley of Andover, and Linda, wife of Robert Evans of Methuen, Mass.; and his son, William John, husband of Penelope (Paton) Cox of Andover; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cox Marley of Portsmouth, N.H., Andrew Cox Marley and his fiancée, Amy Elizabeth Giroux, of South Boston, Mass., Carolyn Mary Daw of Shrewsbury, Mass., James William Daw of Methuen, John William Cox and Catherine Mary Cox of Andover. He is also survived by companion, Mary Clinton, of Boynton Beach, Fla., as well as many Drakes Island, friends.