Funeral Service

Time: 11.15am

Date: Friday 26th July 2024

Service Details:
A celebration service to give thanks for Philip's life will be held at James' Church, Altham followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium.

Philip Robert Cox

Peacefully in hospital on 8th July 2024, Philip aged 86 years of Accrington. The devoted and much loved husband of Helen, loved step-dad of Graeme, Ian and Stephen, dear father-in-law of Cathy, Lindsay and Samantha, cherished grandad of James, Amy, Joe, Tom, Liam and Jessica, great-grandad of Ellie, Harry and Olivia, dear brother-in-law of Jeff and a respected relative and friend to many.

Born in Wolverhampton, Philip spent his school years living at the local orphanage and at the age of 18 he signed up to complete his National Service with the Army and continued as a regular soldier serving for a further three years. Philip always remained proud of his service and each Remembrance Day he would proudly wear his medals and those of his late father and brother. Following his move to Lancashire, Philip trained as a teacher and embarked on his new career teaching at Peel Park School before making the move to Huncoat Primary where he remained for many years. He was the most devoted teacher and was highly respected by all those who were fortunate to be taught by him, he also ran the school football team, always encouraging everyone to be their best. Philip loved to travel and over the years he visited many countries across several continents and wherever he went he would always venture off the beaten track to sample the true culture and enjoy the surrounding environment. Following a visit to Nepal, Philip along with his beloved wife Helen began volunteering their time to a local school, Shree Shwet Ganesh and returned several times becoming active fundraisers for the school, raising much needed funds. Philip adored his family and he took Helen’s three boys under his wing, treating them as his own, he was the most proud grandad and loved nothing more than the whole family getting together to enjoy a holiday and he always looked forward to visits to the family holiday home in Scotland when he would delight in some rest and relaxation whilst enjoying a glass of his favourite red or one of his special single malts.

If you are attending Philip’s funeral service, please wear something bright to reflect his personality and the wonderful and colourful life he has lived.

Family flowers only please, donations are being gratefully received in memory of Philip on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research Uk & Shree Shwet Ganesh, Nepal. To make a donation to Shree Shwet Ganesh, Nepal please make your cheques payable to Mr G Blackburn or place cash in an envelope and hand to the funeral directors. For donations to Alzheimer’s Research Uk, cheques can be made payable to them directly or you can make a donation by clicking the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

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