Tributes flow for devoted family man and well-respected businessman Tim Cox

A well-respected local business man, Tim Cox, has died suddenly at home at the age of 79.

In conjunction with his brothers, Tim was a long-standing local employer of 63 years, known by many in the community through the family business of Cox of Torbay, based at Marldon.

Born in Occombe Valley Road in 1941 to Bob and Con Cox, Tim had four brothers and two sisters. He was educated locally, attending the Fenton Schools based at Occombe House and Lupton House, before continuing his studies at the local technical college.

After the sudden death of their father, the boys built the business from the one-pump fuelling station purchased in 1957 to the successful businesses it is today, with sites located in Marldon, Waterside, Allervale & Glendower.

Tim was regarded by his many staff as a highly kind and considerate employer, respected by all those who worked with him.

In the early 1960s, he was prominent in the South West for his competitive stock car racing. He developed a following in the sport for his courageous and determined driving.

His racing days ended following a particularly spectacular crash at Penny Cross Stadium near Ivybridge, when the car was engulfed in flames and deemed irreparable.

As Tim could not afford to replace the vehicle, he returned to his childhood love of messing about on boats in Paignton, Brixham and on the River Dart.

His affiliation with the river continued across the decades and it was here where he kept his beloved boat Matilda. On Matilda, Tim sailed many times to the Channel Islands and Brittany.

In addition to skippering his own yacht, Tim enjoyed crewing on the historical Brixham sailing trawler ‘Leader’ on her return voyage from Western Scotland.

On this particular journey, the crew sailed down through the Irish Sea to the River Dart, returning her to the port where she was built. Tim relayed stories of this trip for many years, delighting in the whales, sharks and dolphins spotted en route.

Always interested in learning about other cultures, Tim and his family enjoyed many business and pleasure trips to Asia, America and Europe.

A devoted family man, Tim and his wife Penny, had three daughters; Helen, Jo and Sophie. Subsequently they welcomed four grandchildren; Tarik, Harriet, Tess and Olivia. In March 2018, the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage, surrounded by many of their family and friends.

Although diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2007, he continued to live his life to the full, running the business in his later years with his younger brother Nick.

Working full-time up until lockdown in March 2020 and in spite of the huge challenges and difficulties of the disease, Tim remained stoical, positive and upbeat, with a wicked sense of humour.

He will be remembered and respected as a very kind employer, a loving and attentive husband, fantastic father and fun-filled grandad.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on tomorrow (Monday September 14) as the cortege departs from the family home on Preston Down Road at 10am before passing Preston Down Road shops, Occombe Farm, and Five Lanes Roundabout before pausing at the Cox of Torbay Garage at Marldon for a final farewell.

Donations in memory of Tim for The Oracle Cancer Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust for their ENT / SALT team may be given online at www.stockmanandloram.co.uk/donations or via Seb Loram at Stockman & Loram Funeral Service, 230 Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton TQ3 2HN.