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Nelson couple receive surprise visit during 67th wedding anniversary celebration

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
November 17th, 2013

After one year the traditional wedding anniversary gift is paper.

Twenty, well, try fine china.

Fifty it’s gold.


What about a surprise visit from some of Nelson’s finest.

That’s just what happened to Ron and Sheila Cox as the Nelson couple celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary at their home Saturday.

Just as the celebration started, a knock on the door ushered in members of Nelson City Police, Nelson Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and Nelson Legion.

“Oh, what a surprise,” Sheila said as she greeted the surprise guests at the door of their Front Street home Saturday.

Ron and Sheila were married in 1946 after Ron, a member of the Canadian Scottish Regiment who stormed the beach at Normandy, returned to Nelson from World War II.

Ron Cox met Sheila Horswill, who was a dancer who moved here from Trail.

The couple lived on the North Shore above the Kootenay Lake Forestry Offices near Ridgewood Road for almost 50 years before moving to town.

The road to their North Shore house is now named Cox Road.

The couple had four children.

Despite failing eyesight the couple remain active with the Nelson Legion and frequently can been seen using public transit to travel uptown to do errands.
Cox also attends Remembrance Day Ceremonies every year.

Photo caption: Present to witness the cutting of the 67th anniversary cake by Sheila and Ron Cox, are, from left, Firefighter Marc Thibault, Nelson Fire Chief Simon Grypma, Nelson Police Sargent Dino Falcone and Liz Nunn of BC Ambulance. Missing from photo, Bill Andreaschuk, Nelson Legion.

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