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Joseph Sidney Wilcox, Jr., 87, Of Greenwich, Founded Wilcox & Company

RIVERSIDE, Conn. - Joseph Sidney Wilcox, Jr., died Saturday, July 13. He was 87.

Wilcox was born in Keene, N.H., son of Joseph Sidney Wilcox and Marguerite Hopkins Wilcox. He graduated in 1949 from Yale University, where he studied engineering and was a pitcher for the baseball team. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to the end of World War II.

He and his wife settled in Riverside, Connecticut. He began his career in engineering, but was quickly introduced to the real estate business and spent the balance of his long career in that pursuit. He founded Wilcox & Company in Greenwich and served as the president of the Greenwich Board of Realtors. He and his longtime friend and business partner founded Beech Tree Realty, a developer of commercial real estate in central Greenwich. He was also a director of the Putnam Trust Company. Wilcox was also active in politics. He served on the Greenwich RTM, as well as the National Highway Safety Commission, and was involved as an officer of several political campaigns. He was a member of the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, the Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club, and the Riverside Yacht Club.

Wilcox is survived by his wife, Suzy; sister, Harriett Starr, of Cos Cob; sons, Joseph Wilcox III of Bridgewater, Whitney Wilcox of Darien and Jonathan Wilcox of Cos Cob, their wives; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Marion Kolbe, formerly of Darien.

A memorial service will be held in Riverside, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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