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William B. Hickox

June 7, 2021

William B. Hickox, 77, a resident of Cape Vincent, NY and Nokomis, FL passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at his residence in Cape Vincent.

Bill was born October 1, 1943 in Marshall, MO, son of Harry and Betty Jo (Stanley) Hickox. He graduated from Valley High School, Syracuse and enlisted in the US Navy in 1961. He received his honorable discharge in 1964, and began his long career with General Motors in Syracuse, where he worked as a tool & die maker and machine repairman until 1994. He then became employed with Marcellus Casket Company in Syracuse as a machine repairman until his retirement in 1999.

Bill was a member of the UAW Local 854 Union and longtime member of the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, where he was an EMT and underwater recovery team member.

He was an avid NY Yankee fan and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving, telling long stories, traveling, spending time on the St. Lawrence River and enjoying sunsets.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane; his mother Betty J. Hickox, Syracuse; three daughters and their spouses, Kelly and Peter Mahan, Oswego, Kim and Tom Linkous, Milford DE and Tracy and Danny Nieves, Colorado; a son and his wife, William and Jennifer Hickox, Dover DE; a step daughter and her husband,Vicki and Justin Lawton, Albany; a step son and his wife, Michael and Michele Myers, Amherst; three sisters and their spouses, Kathy and Ted Padgett, Englewood FL, Lisa and Rick Robinson, Michigan, and Lynn and William Jacques, Syracuse; a brother, Gary Hickox, MO; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. His father Harry M. Hickox Jr., predeceased him.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Sunday, June 13, from 10 AM to noon. The family is hosting a luncheon from 12:30 - 2:30 PM at Natali's Restaurant, C-Way Golf Course, Clayton. To honor Bill, casual attire is requested for the calling hours and luncheon.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, 427 NYS Route 31, Bridgeport, NY 13030. Condolences to Bill's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#8 Larry & Margot Mille 2021-07-02 22:47
So sorry to hear of Bill‘s passing. He was not only a
close cousin, but a great man as well. While we did not have close contact through the years, we were able to stay in touch during the many annual „Granny‘s Kids“ get togethers. And several of those were due to his organizational efforts. Our condolences to Betty Jo, all family members and his many friends. Be well and know Bill is safe in the arms of his Lord.
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#7 Bob & Debbie 2021-06-13 14:18
Diane & family. We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy and neighbor. We have many fond memories with him. He will truly be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you Diane.
Bob & Deb
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#6 HARRY AND BETTY GOLD 2021-06-12 18:34
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#5 Susan Hirsch 2021-06-12 11:23
Bill was such a sweet man. Diane, I know how much you loved him and doing things with him. Michael and Vicki, Bill was such a wonderful dad to you and gave you both such love. I’m glad I got to meet him.
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#4 Frank & Linda 2021-06-12 10:04
Bill was such a character, we enjoyed being his (and Diane's) neighbors for awhile in Cape Vincent. We could always tell when a Yankees game was on...we could hear the excitement over at our place. He certainly will be missed by many. You have our sincere sympathy Diane and family. Frank & Linda Kisselstein
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#3 Cindy Jackson 2021-06-12 00:27
Dear Diane & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Bill’s tragic & sudden passing. The passing of a spouse / parent marks the end of an era. Sending condolences & hugs as you navigate through this difficult time..

Rick & Cindy
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#2 Tom and Daryl 2021-06-11 10:34
Bill was a friend, a teacher of card play,a boss, a leader, an exceptionally anal perfectionist whom we loved as a brother. So glad he is at peace. Yankee blood forever.
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#1 Jim Donnelly 2021-06-10 21:07
I never avoided one of Bill's "short story long" renditions. To me he was a friend in the making and am saddened by it's sudden ending.
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