Arthur Nelson Wilcox Jr. of Middletown, N.Y., dies at age 68

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Arthur Nelson Wilcox, Jr. a lifetime Middletown, N.Y., resident, died following a short illness on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. He was 68.

The eldest son of Shirley Eherts Wilcox and the late Arthur Nelson Wilcox, Sr., he was born on Jan. 15, 1951 in Middletown. Art kept his high spirited brothers and cousins in line, he was the fixer. He could smooth everything over. Art graduated from Middletown High School Class of 1969 and later proudly served in the US Army as a member of the Military Police.

He joined the Newburgh Fire Department, proudly served as president of IAFF 589, which led to a career with the NYS AFL CIO as the public employee director. He was an advocate for others- a tough negotiator, relentless in his support of worker’s rights. Upon retirement from AFL CIO, he started his own lobbyist firm where he continued to fight for ideals. He softened with age, and was the kindest, most generous person his family knew.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley; his wife, Joann Turi-Wilcox, at home; son, Ryan of Los Angeles, Calif., daughter, Dr. Amy Voigt and husband, Chris, of New Orleans, La.; stepchildren, Cory Rosen, Dustin Rosen and his wife, Michelle, and Cassidy Turi; brothers, William and his wife, Jody, of Middletown, Randy and his wife, Pauline, of Bloomingburg, Nelson and his girlfriend, Jan, of Goshen, N.Y., and Peter and his wife, Victoria, of Pine Bush, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Joseph Myers and his wife, Kathleen; and cousin, Patty Mitchell; grandchildren, C.J. and Chris; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held May 10 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Middletown. A Funeral Service of remembrance was held May 11 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Middletown. Burial followed in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National World War II War Museum, a place he spent many afternoons with his grandsons; or the Honor Flight Network.

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