1951 - 2021
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FOX WILLIAM D., JR. Passed away peacefully at home on July 18, 2021 at the age of 70 after a courageous battle with ALS. Born in Philadelphia on June 28, 1951. Bill was the beloved husband of 46 years to Maryellen (nee McNicholas) Fox and devoted father of Brendan (Nicole), Brian (Caitlin), Bridget (Brian) Gossner, and Maura (Christopher) Crisanti. Loving son of the late William Sr. and Madeleine (nee Keaton). Cherished grandfather to Will, Emily, Sofia, Marin, Shane, Nora, Maddy, and Liam. Dear brother of John (Patricia), Michael (Joy), Joseph (Susan), and Madeleine (Christopher) Farrell, brother-in-law to Marion (Larry) Scott, the late Edward (Denise) McNicholas, Kevin (the late Maureen) McNicholas, and Megan (Dennis) Kennedy, and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Bill Fox Gymnasium at Father Judge High School, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136 and Saturday morning 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 13301 Proctor Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116 with the Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Friends of Father Judge, 3301 Solly Ave., Phila., PA 19136, www.friendsoffatherjudge.com/donate in Bill's memory would be appreciated.
Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer on Jul. 22, 2021.
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Bill Fox Gymnasium at Father Judge High School
3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m.
St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church
13301 Proctor Road, Philadelphia, PA
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13301 Proctor Road, Philadelphia, PA
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Mary Ellen and family, Just heard the sad news about Bill. Gone to soon is an understatement. He was one of a kind, and will be sorely missed. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Am so sorry to have missed the opportunity last week to pay my respects and honor Bill for a live well-lived. Hugs...and hope to see you in Sea Isle to pass on my condolences in person.
MaryJoan Lake
July 29, 2021
Maryellen, I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss. I am praying for you all.
Jean Pennie (EDPA)
July 26, 2021
Bill was one of kind! I had the pleasure of sharing an office with Bill at the Commerce Department. The Roman vs. Judge battle started the minute he walked in the door for the first time until the minute he left Commerce and beyond. Bill was a man of integrity, honor, joy and laughter. What a pleasure to have known him and share a bit of his life with him. Vince Dougherty
Vince Dougherty
July 24, 2021
Dear John and Michael, Dan M. sent out text about passing of your Dear Brother +William (Bill). So I started digging on the internet for Bill's obituary, and I discovered The Most Illustrious Obituary, your Father's. William D. Fox, Sr. (1928-2012). What an Impressive Man! What a Life! I was reading early comments/condolences/tributes for your brother. Bill touched positively so many young men. Your Father is a legend in Somerton/Saint Christopher Community. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Wishing well Bill's Family and extended Fox Family at this difficult time. RIP Coach. Vedran.
Vedran Joseph Nazor
July 23, 2021
Dearest Billy Fox, As an original member of the K & E crew, your friendship was much cherished by all of us. You always brought a sense of maturity, kindness, goodness, and moral certitude that helped balance out those of us who possessed few of those attributes back then! You fought to the end with the toughness of the great competitor you always were, and demonstrated a life spirit for all of us to emulate when our time comes calling. You were a good man here on earth Billy, and your spirit will never die with those of us who loved you. Rest in peace my brother, you made the world a better place for so many of us. Pete Toye
Pete Toye
July 22, 2021
Bill Fox was much more than an outstanding basketball coach. Bill had character and integrity. I´m very fortunate to have known such an exceptional human being. God bless him.
Michael Casey
July 22, 2021
Jerry Mayza '81 and Family
July 22, 2021
I had the honor and privilege to be a Father Judge Basketball manager from 1990-1993, this allowed me to work with and for the team and Coach Fox. I remember him not treating the managers any different then he treated the players. I really appreciated this. I was talking to a friend of mine from high school and I referred to Coach Fox as the "John Wooden" of Father Judge. Coach was a man of character worth imitating in my life. His example of gentleness and humility are what my education at Father Judge was all about.
Steve Bove FJ class of "93"
July 22, 2021
Anjelica K. Watson
July 22, 2021
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