OBITUARY

William J. Fox

William Joseph Fox , 91, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, died peacefully January 16, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and two children. Bill was born April 13, 1921 to Margaret (Brill) and Adolph Fox in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY. An outstanding student, he graduated from Brooklyn Prep in 1937 at barely age 16, and with a BS and MS in Chemistry from Holy Cross University in 1941 and 1942. With the war just beginning, he immediately joined the Navy as a 60-day wonder where he served on a minesweeper in the Chesapeake and later on the battleship Nevada in the Pacific where the fleet was massing for the invasion of Japan. In 1945, he left the Navy as a full lieutenant, still just 23 years old. During the war years, he met the love of his life and wife of nearly 69 years, Ethel Brennan, whom he married on May 3, 1944 in a beautiful ceremony in Our Lady’s Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. After the war, Bill attended law school, graduating from Brooklyn Law School with an LLB in 1947. Bill then joined The Dorr Company in Stamford as a patent attorney. Over the next 20 years, Bill rose to President and later Chairman of the Board of Dorr-Oliver, a Fortune 500 company, located then on Havemeyer Lane in Stamford. In 1969, Bill left to form his own company, The Whitlock Corporation, which he sold in 1980 to a British corporation. Bill leaves behind his wife, Ethel, his two dearly loved children, Patricia B. Fox and William J. Fox, Jr. and two grandchildren, Sarah and William J. Fox, III (Allyson). Bill was also eagerly looking forward to the birth of his first great grandchildren, twins, who are due later this Spring. He also leaves behind many loving nephews and nieces from both his and wife’s families. Bill was a long-time resident of Old Greenwich, Greenwich, and Stamford. Since 1983, he also had a home in Naples, FL, where he and Ethel spent every Winter. Bill built two homes in Greenwich, the first on Burning Tree Road and the second in Reynwood Manor. Bill and Ethel left Greenwich for Stamford in 1996, moving to a beautiful condominium in Heatherwood, where they had many happy years. Bill was proud to have been one of the founders in 1961 of Burning Tree Country Club and the second President of the Club. At his death, he was the longest-serving member of the Club, where over the years he and Ethel made many dear and close friends. Bill was an all-around fantastic guy, father, and friend. He was eager for life, good to his friends and family, and accomplished at everything he did—with the possible exception of golf, which he loved. He was a very accomplished do-it-yourselfer, able to do electrical and plumbing work, remodel, wallpaper, and whatever he set his mind to. Visitation will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 from 4-8 pm at The Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home 2900 Summer St Stamford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday January 22, 2013 at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church 24 Roxbury Rd Stamford, CT. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leopgallagherstamford.com/

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Final Resting Place
REMEMBERING

William J. Fox

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David Lighthill

January 21, 2013

Dear Ethel,
Bill was one of the most gracious and friendly men I have known. During the 10 years we worked together at Dorr-Oliver, I was attracted to his genuineness, his humanity and his intellect. I know you and your family are rightfully proud of your Bill.

Pat and Christine Wallace

January 21, 2013

Dear Bill and Family,
Our most sincere condolences at the loss of your father. He was an amazing, down to earth man. We are with you in thought and prayer at this time.

January 21, 2013

Dear Pat, Alice and I send our sincerest condolences to you and your family over the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
Tony and Alice Giancola (Washington DC)

Marcianne Miller

January 20, 2013

Dear Pat, I was so sorry to hear the news of your father's passing. From what Bobby told me, your Dad was a very special man and you and he had the kind of warm, loving relationship that all children wish they had with their fathers. How lucky you are to have so many years of wonderful memories. My deepest sympathy of course to you mother, God bless her, your brother and his children and all your family members. May angels ease this difficult time.
Love, Marcianne
Bobby's sister

Marie + Michael Kerr

January 20, 2013

Dear Pat,
We are sorry to hear from Bob that your Father died. We understand you were close to him and will miss him. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Marie + Michael
Washington, DC

Barbara Fletcher

January 19, 2013

Many great memories of a good friend and man to our family. He is remembered with nothing but fondness. Much love to all the Fox families. Barbara Cuminale-Fletcher

January 19, 2013

Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. It's clear from his obituary that he had an extraordinary life, and was truly a very accomplished man who loved and served his country and family. I offer my deepest condolences. Anthony Ricci

John Rosa

January 19, 2013

To The Fox Family,
I was a young draftsman in the Engineering Dept. of Dorr-Oliver when Bill became President It was a fantastic company and a great place to work with many wonderful memories. Bill, may you Rest In Pease, you had a wonderful life.

January 18, 2013

Sincere condolences to Pat and her family. Although I've never met them I feel as though I know them to be very special through your conversations of the last 30 years. In my observations, conversations about your Dad, however, seemed to have risen above “special” and have earned the greatest warmth and respect. It is to these memories I congratulate you and extend heartfelt sympathy in their conclusions. Nothing is worse than losing a dad if you are a Daddy's Girl. And again from all conversations gleaned, you were Daddy's “girl.” It takes one to know one!
Love,
Mary Miller
Bobby's sister

Michael Miller

January 18, 2013

Pat we are so sorry to hear of your loss. The relationship between a father and daughter is always special. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother and your family during this difficult time. Michael Miller and Mary Brenner