Robert Mark Cox |

Robert Mark Cox

Bob Cox, longtime Aspen resident, powder skier, pilot, fisherman and friend to many, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, May 11. He was 62 years young.

Bob was a great local member of the Aspen community. In the early years, he was a mechanic for the sheriff’s department and for the past 18 years had been an IT specialist for the city of Aspen and Pitkin County.

Bob lived a wonderful life, and told those of us who loved him he had done his “bucket list.” Along with his loving wife, Laurie, Bob enjoyed the Aspen life and could always be seen with a huge smile on his face as he skied, hiked or attended the Aspen jazz festivals and the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. He and Laurie traveled the world, from scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef to skiing the Colorado mountains.

Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend Laurie Brooks; siblings James Cox and Mary Martinelli; in-laws Joan, Phil, Rich, Russ and Enrique; stepchildren JJ Shubin and Christine Johnson and their children; nieces and nephews Nicole, Courtney, Dominic, Vinnie, Michele, Christopher and Jamie.

Bob was born in Chicago and moved to Aspen in 1976. He attended Northern Illinois University. He served in the Army for three years and was a Vietnam veteran. He recently wintered in Cape Coral, Fla. with Laurie, where he enjoyed fishing, boating and doing his famous “projects” around the house.

Bob Cox was a true friend to many and we will miss his smile and wonderful sense of humor. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at a future date on Aspen Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bob’s memory to Pancreatic Cancer Research, The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, N.Y. 11714. For more information go to

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