OBITUARY

Joseph Patrick Fox

July 29, 1922February 28, 2019

Joseph Patrick Fox, 96, of St. Cloud, FL passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019. He was born on July 29, 1922 in Paterson, New Jersey to the late Joseph Matthew Fox and Ellen Marie Moore Fox. Joseph proudly served his Country in the United States Army. He served 5 years in the infantry, participating in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe during World War II. Joseph was wounded on January 13, 1945, spent one month in the hospital, and then returned to active duty. He was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient and was discharged in October of 1945. After leaving the service Joe joined the East Paterson Police Department, later to be known as the Elmwood Park Police Department. He was a police officer for 31 years and retired as a Sergeant in 1978. After moving to Florida in 1978, Joe signed on as a Casual Regular at Disney in Security. When not working Joe enjoyed repairing things around the house, reading, attending Scottish and Irish Festivals and traveling, especially cruises. Joe is predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Elizabeth “Betty” J. Fox. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ellen and George Takach of Fair Lawn, NJ; Patrick and Peggy Fox of Newport News, VA; Michael Fox of Bradenton, FL; Catherine Mary and James Klink of St. Charles, IL; and James and Deborah Fox of Davenport, FL. He also leaves behind his brother Thomas P. Fox of Aurora, CO, 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends who will miss him dearly. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee, FL. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Cloud, FL followed by a graveside service with military honors at Florida National Cemetery at 2:00pm where he will be laid to rest next to Betty. The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Joseph’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; www.stjude.org.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joseph Patrick Fox

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Chris Fox

March 7, 2019

I have fond memories of visiting Uncle Joe both as a kid and adult. He always loved to see us and he was fun to be around and talk to. Another memory I have is when there was a dancing "competition" at my sister's wedding where the couple who was married the longest got to dance the longest. The DJ kept counting up in years, and everyone married less than that number of years had to sit down. Aunt Betty and Uncle Joe beat everyone in the room by at least 10 years...everyone gave them a huge round of applause! I am happy to know that he is now in heaven dancing with his mate once again.

Larry Klink

March 7, 2019

Sending warm thoughts of love and support to the Fox family.

Larry, Ivonne and Elynna

Keri (Fox) Hobert

March 6, 2019

We have loved Uncle Joe so much. He and Aunt Betty were always an inspiration to us.
Love,
Keri, Justin, and Corbin Hobert

Joe Crescenzo

March 6, 2019

Deepest respect to Joseph Patrick Fox and condolences to his family. We honor his service in World War II and his years in law enforcement. As a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather he exemplified the Greatest Generation and our generation is forever in his debt. The America we were privileged to grow up in was made possible by men like Joe Fox.


Joe and Shari Crescenzo, Augusta, GA

Michele Klink

March 2, 2019

Sending loving thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

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