Joseph N. Cox

Mr. Joseph N. Cox of Port Jervis passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family and dearest friend Judy. He was 59.   He fought a valiant battle of Esophageal Cancer.

He was born January 21, 1958 in Aschaffenburg, Germany the son of the late Joseph N. Cox, Sr. and the late Renate Johanna Augustin Cox.

Joe married the love of his life, Erika Klostermeier on April 5, 1986 at the parish of the Immaculate Conception St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis where he was a lifelong congregant.

He retired from the Port Jervis City School District in February 2017.

Joseph was an Alumnus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology at Williamsport.  He was a 3rd Degree Knight and a member of the Knights of Columbus Local 471 Monsignor Sexton Council.  He was a member of the Port Jervis Fire Department Neversink Engine Co. #1.  He was an assistant Cub Scout Den Leader and a member of the Avalanche Ski Club.  He was a past Port Jervis Tri-State Area Youth Soccer Coach and Port Jervis Little League Coach, when he wasn’t getting into some kind of mischief with his own children.  Joe was a terrific husband and father who loved to simply spend time with his Sons (who were more like brothers).   If he and his boys were not fishing in Cahoonzie or skiing the slopes, he would always find an adventure for the three of them to go on.  He also cherished the short time he spent with his grandson, “Baby Will”. 

Joe had a motto dear to his heart, “To forgive and love one and other.”  Joe was also known for giving of himself to anyone in need.”

Surviving are:

Wife:                Erika Cox                                                        at home

Son:                Joseph Cox & his wife Carly and their son Joe’s little man Joseph Williams “Baby Will” Cox  West Palm Beach, FL

Son:                 Michael Cox                                                    at home

Sister:              Susan Cox                                                      Port Jervis, NY

Brother:           Patrick Cox                                                     Port Jervis, NY

Brother:           Steven Cox                                                     Greenville Township, NY

Sister:              Lisa Foster                                                      Greenville Township, NY

Mother-in-law: Irene Klostermeier                                          Port Jervis, NY

Sister-in-law:   Cindy Greenberg & her husband Martin        Valhalla, NY

Uncle:              George Augustin                                             Sparrowbush, NY

Niece and Goddaughter, Kayla Greenberg and Meagan Greenberg

Also survived by his wonderful cousins especially Barbara Cox

Extended family:  Judith & Mark Barila and family                Eldred, NY

Extended family:  Trisha & Joseph Aumick and family          Sparrowbush, NY

Predeceased by his father-in-law, best friend, and his catering sidekick, Friedrich “Fritz” Klostermeier

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main Street Port Jervis on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 with a 9:00 am prayer at the funeral home followed by a 10:00 am Mass of the Resurrection in St. Mary's R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Donations to help with the Port Jervis Warming Stations, DRC-Interfaith Council, C/O Deerpark Reformed Church, Attn: Interfaith Council, 30 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY  12771.

Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit