J. Bernard Fox

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J. BERNARD "BARNEY" FOX NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Joseph Bernard Fox of New Smyrna Beach, Florida passed away April 29, 2013. He was born in Stockton, Illinois to Clara (Carroll) and Joseph Fox on October 31, 1921, and graduated from Stockton High School in 1939. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1951, he moved his family to Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1956, he purchased a Firestone franchise in New Smyrna Beach which was later expanded to include a Schwinn dealership. For the rest of his life, people shared with him happy memories of favorite bikes from his shop. After selling the business, he spent the 1980's traveling extensively throughout South and Central America where he even became an honorary tribe member after helping a local tribesman with a lift and meeting their leader. Always happiest working, he drove for many years during the wee hours to a Titusville bakery picking up that day's fresh bagels for Bagel World. He enjoyed telling stories of his nightly midnight rides. He also loved the sunrise, so he maintained a few beachside hotel pools to enjoy "the birth of a new day." Until this past year, he provided leadership and maintenance supervision for his condo association. He always liked to stay active and enjoyed many friendships. Survivors include his daughter, Paula Fox; a daughter-in-law, Joelle Fox; four grandsons, Joseph (Stephanie) Culley, Travis Culley, Jason (Carrie) Watters and Ryan (Danette) Fox; four great- grandsons, Justin, Brandon, Julian and Noah Culley; and a sister-in-law, Sandra Fox of Stockton. He also enjoyed two generations of nieces and nephews, many still in the Stockton area, who visited and maintained relationships with their Uncle Barney. He was preceded in death by his son, Bernard Joseph (B.J.) Fox; brothers, Eugene Fox and Thomas Fox; and sister, Rosalie Hotze, all of Stockton; and sister, Rita Adams and nephew, Brian Adams of Arizona. He was proud that his physician, Dr. Regina Asihene, is a leader in Medical Missions with Africa Transformation Embassy (www.ATEmbassy.org). In his memory, donations are requested to help build a well that will be dedicated in his name in a Tanzania community during their 2014 medical mission. A service was held Friday, May 10, 2013, at the mausoleum in the Edgewater-New Smyrna Beach Cemetery in Edgewater, Florida.
Published in The Journal-Standard on May 19, 2013
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