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Clayton boat museum co-founder Bob Cox dies at the age of 95

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Robert O. Cox, 95, a co-founder of the Antique Boat Museum died Saturday at his home in Chaumont.

“We are deeply saddened by Bob’s passing,” said museum Executive Director Frederick H. “Fritz” Hager, who remembered Mr. Cox as an energetic man with a tremendous knowledge of boats and Thousand Islands history.

He was among a handful of boat enthusiasts who founded the antique boat auxiliary of the Thousand Islands Museum, Clayton, in 1967 which became the Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum four years later. The museum’s name was changed to the Antique Boat Museum in 1990.

He had homes in Chaumont, Grindstone Island and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he served as mayor from 1986 to 1992 and credited for transforming the city into a yachting capital.

His wife, Georgia B., had died only three months ago on March 18 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

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