Hope Robinson Schwarz Cox

OCEAN PARK – Hope Robinson Schwarz Cox died peacefully in her home in Ocean Park with family at her side, on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

Born Jan. 25, 1931, the daughter of Prof. Edward Robinson Schwarz and Dorothy Alice (Bourque) Schwarz, she grew up with her brother, Edward Hudson Schwarz and sister, Dorothy Gretchen Perkins, in Melrose, Mass., attending public schools there. The family summered in Ocean Park where Hope developed close friendships and ties to last her lifetime. In 1950, Hope became a year-round resident when she moved into her family’s Ocean Park home while attending the nursing program at Westbrook College/Maine General Hospital becoming a registered nurse in 1953.

While in her last year of nurse training, Hope met her future husband, Kenneth Eugene Cox and they were married in October 1953. Together, they had a daughter, Linda Susan (Cox) Smith of Ocean Park and a son, David Kevin Cox (Dee Langley) of Scarborough. In addition to her daughter and son, Hope is survived by her granddaughters, Heather S. Ebenhoeh (Jake Ebenhoeh) of Old Orchard Beach and Crystal L. Cox of Westbrook; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hope was predeceased by her parents; siblings; and grandson, Jason David Cox of Florida.

Hope continued her lifelong love of nursing by returning to work in 1964, beginning at the Webber Hospital in Biddeford and continuing with Southern Maine Medical Center as Night Charge Nurse on the 4th floor until her retirement in 2005 at the age of 75. She was known for her empathy, skill, warm smile, humor and dedication to her patients.

In addition to her life as mother and nurse, Hope enjoyed her life in Ocean Park and was involved with various committees. She had an interest in Maine history and genealogy, particularly as related to family connections in Newcastle. She was an avid birdwatcher, participating in Christmas bird counts and was a lifelong member of Audubon. An avid crafter, she would knit numerous hats and mittens for the shelters in Portland. In addition, she created unique costumes for her children and their friends to wear in the annual Ocean Park 4th of July (Horribles’ Day) Parade. Hope influenced many local young ladies as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader along with her good friends, Ellen Clark and Ellie Smith.

Hope wanted to be cremated with no formal services. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year at the family home so that family and friends may come together with stories and pictures in remembrance.

One of her favorite places is the woods of Guild Park in Ocean Park, so the family requests that donations in memory of Hope be made to the

Ocean Park Association,

P.O. Box 7296,

Ocean Park, ME 04063

for the care and preservation of Guild Park.



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