William R. Fox, 80, died peacefully in his Harwich home Thursday, July 26. He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Barbara (Bevan) Fox. Born and raised in Whitman, he was the son of the late Stephen and Jennie (Lenoci) Fox and a graduate of Whitman High School, Class of 1950. Bill had been a proud veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954 and earning a Purple Heart for his service. After the Navy, he went on to further his education, attending Wentworth Institute and Newark College of Engineering, and had spent the remainder of his career as an engineer. Prior to his retirement and move to Harwich 15 years ago, Bill had been a lifelong resident of Whitman, and an officer of the Auxiliary Police Department of Whitman for many years. In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his sons, James B. Fox of Harwich and William R. Fox Jr. and his wife Cheri of Halifax; his brothers, James and Paul Fox; and his sister, Genevieve Joyce. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Zachary Egan, James Fox, Sameera Abde, Brandon Thatcher-Fox, Autumn Thatcher-Fox, Mackenzie Fox and Heather Fox; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Karen and Stephen Fox. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. in the Colebrook Cemetery, Essex Street, Whitman. Visiting hours will be held Friday, Aug. 3, from 4-7 p.m. in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel (Rte. 58 at the rotary), Whitman. Donations in his name may be made to the Cape Cod Kidney Center, 241 Willow St., Yarmouth Port, MA 02675. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.blanchardfc.com.
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Published in The Enterprise on July 31, 2012