Brian Cox

Born: Tue., Aug. 4, 1931
Died: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019


Family to do services at later date


Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries



Brian Cox

Brian died peacefully on February 13, 2019 at 87 years of age at Forest Hill Nursing Home, Ottawa, ON after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Beloved husband of the late Irene Cox (nee: Austin). Survived by sons Nick of Inglewood, ON and Matthew (Cathie) of Ottawa, ON and by extended family in England. Proud grandfather of Gianna and Martin Cox of Ottawa, ON. Brian was born in Liverpool, England and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1955 from the University of Cambridge, Saint Catharine’s College. After working at the UKAEA’s Harwell Labs for several years, Brian and family immigrated to Canada in 1963 and settled in Deep River, ON where he took a position with the Nuclear Metallurgy group at AECL’s Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories until his first retirement in 1988. Brian’s career was devoted to understanding the behavior of materials, especially zirconium alloys, in nuclear reactors. In 1989 he accepted the NSERC Chair of Nuclear Engineering position at the University of Toronto where he worked and taught until retiring again in 2003. Never fully retired, Brian continued his contributions to Nuclear Science through the ZIRAT Conferences/ANT International and as a Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at U. of Toronto and as a Researcher Emeritus at AECL. Brian was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the W.B. Lewis Medal (1988), W.J. Kroll Zirconium Medal (1976) and the A.B. Campbell Award, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (1961). When Brian wasn’t in the lab or travelling for business (often with Irene) he loved many different activities, but his passion was cutting and maintaining x-country ski trails and participating in the annual Silver Spoon races. Brian’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff both at North Renfrew Long Term Care in Deep River and Forest Hill Nursing Home in Ottawa for their outstanding professionalism, compassion and care for Brian over the past many years. Respecting Brian’s wishes, cremation has taken place. An Internment and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to North Renfrew Long Term Care (www.nrltc.ca). Funeral arrangements entrusted to Valley Funeral Home, Deep River.

  View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Nikos Christodoulou, Antigoni Christodoulou
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Brian was the one who hired me in his Branch back in 1983. Him and Irene were gracious hosts to treat my young family and I during an interview by by inviting us to their home for a meal so they cold know us better before deciding to make an offer. We will never forget how well they treated us. While I was talking to him about work Irene played with my 22 month old son and kept him occupied. Brian and Irene were wonderful individuals and we miss them both. Professionally Brian was one of the best scientists I ever met and a great boss. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Betty Cooper
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
To the Cox Family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Your mom and dad were a big part of our life in Deep River. My kids loved passing the "cat lady's" house and pointing it out to me. In later days I enjoyed seeing Brian coffeeing with the ROMEOS at the Bean House.

Dave and Shirley Alleway
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
To Nick Matthew and family our deepest condolences. Now Nick and Matthew your Dad can Rest In Peace
Dave and Shirley

Gisela Evans & Allan Smith, North Vancouver, BC
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
We are sorry, Nick, to hear of the passing of your father. We both remember him well and I can still I picture him doing his regular walks down Beach Avenue in shorts even on some wet and cold days. He was a quite remarkable man. Our deepest sympathy to you, Mathew and all the family.
Gisela and Allan.

Ahmed Shalabi
   Posted Wed February 20, 2019
As a student at CRNL in the mid 80s, I first met Dr. Cox while x-country skiing to work. In fact, he passed me and then realized we worked in the same building. The next day, he came to my lab in building 350 and commented that I needed to glide more in order to let the skis 'work for me'; I had no idea what he was talking about. My skiing improved over the winter months and some mornings when we chatted about work, I found his questions regarding my research work to be very thoughtful and extremely helpful. Years later when he helped critique AECB's work, his professionalism and technical knowledge was world class. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences. May he RIP.

Vince and Gail Urbanic
   Posted Wed February 20, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Nick, Mathew and family on their loss. Professionally, Brian and I shared the same interests at CRNL and I considered myself fortunate to have worked in the shadow of such an internationally recognized technical expert. I enjoyed our many technical discussions over the years and I'm sure that he will be missed by many friends and associates around the world. May he RIP.

Rick Holt
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
My condolences to Nick and Matt and family. Brian and I had offices in the same corridor in Building 375 from 1968 to 1979. We both took the first round of training for cross country ski instructors in Deep River (in 1973, I think) and we skied home together regularly in the 70's and early 80's. We had many interesting and enlightening (it was I who was enlightened) technical discussions, both at the labs, and at conferences, meetings and casual get-togethers. Brian also inspired me to take up an NSERC Chair in Nuclear Materials at Queen's University a few years after the second term of his Chair at U of T expired. In more recent years I often met him on walks around town or at the Bean House when I was visiting Deep River, and we always found something interesting to chat about. I missed seeing him around Deep River most recently, and was very sad to hear that he had died.

Copyright © 2019 Valley Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |