NAPLES, Fla. - Ed Fox "Big Ed" passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, surrounded by family at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. after a long illness.
Ed was born on April 12, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Ed Fox II and Anne Grant. A U.S. Navy veteran, he married his best friend Holly on Oct. 5, 1968. He was an amazing and loving father to Ed Fox IV and Andrea Fox. His love for his family was endless and he was our hero. He never complained and he would always say that no matter what he was going through there was always someone else who was walking a tougher path. He was a practical joker and funny man who never took life too seriously. He accepted everyone for who they were and always found and celebrated the best in every person who was lucky enough to meet him. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, cooking up a storm, watching TV with his special furry friend Tigger, giving his kids advice, packing yummy food in perfectly organized coolers for trips to the beach, Publix BOGOs, going to the casino, and making his family smile and feel loved. He raised his family in Southington. After retirement in 1996, Ed and Holly packed up his beloved Camaro with clothes, a microwave, and some beach chairs and headed down to Naples, Fla. with the T-tops off. He spent his remaining years watching sunsets with his wife, making new close friends, doing the stingray shuffle, and giggling with his toes in the sand whenever he heard there was snow up north.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sister and brother and a large extended family.
Per his wishes, there will be no traditional memorial service. He asked instead that you honor his memory by performing an act of kindness to another person, even something as simple as giving an extra smile to someone having a bad day. That's what he did best.
We would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Doug Heldreth, whose superior care and friendship meant so much to Ed and his family is forever grateful.
We will miss him every day but he will be with us always and we have been blessed to have so many good memories to keep us laughing forever. Thank you Pops, we love you always.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Tin Can Sailors, PO Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726 or to the Humane Society of Naples, 370 Airport-Pulling Road North, Naples, FL 34104. Arrangements entrusted to Garfield Funeral Care – Naples, FL (239) 596-5288.
Published in The Record-Journal on May 5, 2013