William Gregory Cox (known as “Greg” or “Bill” to friends and family) was born on June 20, 1952, to William Beverly Cox and Mary Lou Cox in Pittsburg, CA. He was the eldest of three brothers and one of many cousins in a large Portuguese-Irish family. Greg attended Holy Rosary School and De La Salle High School, and resided in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life. After graduating from high school, he completed training to become a union electrician. He was a proud member of IBEW Local 302 for 35 years. He was an even prouder husband and dad, married to Laura Ann Cox (née Serna) for 37 years, and doting father to Courtney, Hayley and Kelsey.
Greg was a big personality with an even bigger heart. He spent much of his life bringing smiles to others’ faces, and was an enduringly positive and loving presence in the lives of his family and friends. Despite the significant health challenges he faced in his later years, Greg truly lived life to its fullest. Greg loved to drive in his pick-up truck, often too fast for those riding with him. He loved sports and was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan. He was sharp and intellectually curious, and enjoyed studying science, geography, math and history. He loved to travel, particularly to islands, visiting and living in places like New Zealand, Hawaii, Barbados, and Puerto Rico over the course of his life. If you asked anyone who knew him well, they would have at least one story to share about an unforgettable time with Greg. His adventurous, kind and incredibly generous spirit will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
Greg is preceded in death by his father, William Beverly Cox. He is survived by his wife, Laura Ann Cox; three daughters, Courtney, Hayley and Kelsey; mother, Mary Lou Cox; two brothers, Brad (Autumn) Cox and Bart (Holly) Cox; along with a large community of relatives and friends.
A memorial service will take place on December 1, 2021, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery & Funeral Center in Antioch, CA. A celebration of life will be held immediately following at Hannah Nicole Vineyards & Winery in Brentwood, CA.