Robert Albert Cox, BASc’47
Bob passed away peacefully in Richmond, BC, giving his soul back to the Creator at the age of 93.
He is survived by his wife Susanna Heinrich‑Cox, after over 41 years in unending eternal love; his children Priscilla, Elisabeth, Grace, Joanna, and Stephen; step‑children Richard and Michelle; as well as many grandchildren and great‑grandchildren.
An accomplished engineer, Bob graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. He worked for BC Electric Ltd. (now BC Hydro), BC International Engineering, Ltd., Columbia International Engineering, Ltd., and founded ELICON – Electrical and Industrial Control Systems, Ltd. – in 1975. There, he served as president of the organization until his retirement in 2001. Bob was also proud to serve on many membership boards within the profession.
Bob was a man of varied interests. He enjoyed reading, floor hockey, and boating, to name a few. Bob’s greatest interest, however, was his faith. From the age of 17, Bob started reaching out to children, teaching them and calling them toward God. At UBC, he was a key figure in the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Organization. He was a great supporter of the Union Gospel Mission until his final days, always enlisting friends to help him with his volunteer work for the poor.
Later in his life, Bob converted to Catholicism and became a parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver. He found great comfort, direction, and spiritual guidance from his friend in Christ, Father John Horgan. Bob had finally found what he felt was “home.”
In 2008, along with Father John, Susanna and Bob made the journey to the holy land under the Foot Steps of Saint Paul Pilgrimage. He felt lifted high into God’s love on this journey, and it made a powerful impact on his faith. Even on his deathbed, Bob relived his incredible experiences with Father Horgan and stated that he was prepared and ready to meet God face to face.
He was a well‑respected man, loved by his large extended family, his church family at Sts. Peter and Paul, and all his friends both past and present. He will be sadly missed and forever loved.