Northfield – Mr. John Welsh Knox, Abraham Lincoln once said, “That in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”. COVID-19 robbed us of more days with the patriarch of our family, John W. Knox, but every day of his 79 years were full of life. Heaven welcomed him home on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. His doctor told us that he faced adversity with consistently good nature and he withstood medical challenges that would have brought most people to the brink. This is how he lived his life – strongly and fully. He was fiercely loyal to those he loved, especially his wife of 57 years – Linda McDonald Knox. Together they have created a family of four kids, 9 grandkids and 3 great granddaughters that proudly calls itself the “Knox Clan”: Susie Knox Andros with her husband Dave Andros and daughter Kate Andrulis King, mother of Fiona, Maeve and Lucie King, and daughter Lily Andros. Shawn Knox with his wife Sheila Tucker Knox and son Joshua Knox and daughters Jillian Knox and Sara Knox. Shane Knox with wife Jen Szalla Knox and daughters Tori and Maggie Knox. Shelly Knox Steeves with husband Wayne
Steeves and daughters McKenna and McKayla Steeves.
John was a brother to Anne Knox Gilbert and her husband Bill, Lorraine Hamel and her husband Rich, and to John Rogozinski. His siblings Maynard Knox, Eleanor Tedesco and Howard G Knox predeceased him. The extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins is long and dear. John’s sister-in-law is Louise MacDonald Turner with her husband Steve and their loving family.
As a native of Thomaston, John was born to Howard and Anna Knox and lived in the Reynold’s Bridge area of town. He graduated from Thomaston High School in 1958 and proudly served four years in the US Marine Corps. He returned to Thomaston and after marrying Linda, he attended the Police Academy and began a 30-year career as Thomaston’s Officer Knox. He was a volunteer on the Northfield Fire Department and served as Town Constable. John was also the local business owner of K.C.’s package store for 30 years, an avid softball player, a Red Sox fan and a passionate follower of NASCAR. His witty sarcasm had no match. Children naturally loved him… with good reason. He was simply a man of great character and great love.
John’s Dad taught him not to say good-bye but rather “So Long”. It is with heavy heart that we say “So long for now and “SEMPER Fi” to our dear Johnny Knox.
A private graveside service will be held in the Hillside Cemetery. A celebration of John’s life will be held on a date and time to announced at the Covenant Church of Thomaston.