In Memory of
John (Jack) Fox
February 6, 2015
John “Jack”, passed away
on Friday, February 6, 2015. He was 80. Born in Brooklyn
he was a resident of Mahwah before moving to Wyckoff. He
graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and went
to New York University College of Engineering. He
graduated with a degree in Civil Engineer.
He started working with a
consulting engineering firm, but was called into the
Army. When he returned, he began work with the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey working on new
roadway approaches for the lower level of the George
Washington Bridge. He earned his professional engineer’s
licenses in NY and NJ while working. He ended his 36
year career as an Assistant General Manager for
maintenance and construction of all Port Authority
marine terminals. This included Port Newark and
Elizabeth, Howland Hook in Staten Island, Jersey City
Import Automobile Terminal, Brooklyn Marine Terminal and
the passenger ship terminal for cruise ships in
By the grace of God, love
of family and friends, the excellence of Valley Hospital
– Doctors Yiengpruksawan and Rakowski and the Chemo
staff, he lived with pancreatic cancer for over 7 years.
He advocated for awareness and support of the disease by
joining fundraising walks, going to Washington, D.C.
urging Congress to co-sponsor a bill and working with
Valley Hospital to create a support group.
After Jack’s retirement,
he served on the Indian Field Townhouse Board in Mahwah
for years and was Board President for many years at the
Cedar Hill Condominium Association in Wyckoff. He and
his wife, Barbara, went to Ireland numerous times to
visit family and enjoyed touring in the U.S. and Europe.
Survivors include his
loving wife of 50 years Barbara C. Fox, a daughter
Elizabeth Anne Beaulieu, her husband Timothy, a son John
Nelson Fox, his wife Cheryl, six grandchildren: Jack,
Thomas, Madeleine, Casey, Delaney and Tabitha, two
sisters: Mary Chevallay and Patricia Gannon. He is
survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack’s
brother William Fox died previously.
Visitation will be held
on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, (vpfh.com),
257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. A funeral mass will be
celebrated on Tuesday at 11:30 AM at St. Elizabeth’s
Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff and the interment will
follow at Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood.
Memorial Contributions in
Jack’s memory may be made to the Valley Hospital
Foundation, in support of Dr. Ganapola’s Research to
develop a blood test for the early diagnosis of
Pancreatic Cancer, 223 N. Van Dien Ave. Ridgewood, NJ
07450, would be greatly appreciated.
Following is an email
message from Jack's wife, Barbara.
It is with
much sadness I write to tell you that the love of my
life and my super hero has gone to a much better place.
Jack passed away late this afternoon with me, a Hospice
Doula and an aide by his side. The support of my Hospice
helpers was wonderful and I am now feeling less sad and
more relieved. Liz was on her way down from NH when she
was reached and decided to continue on down to be with
me. The rest of her family will be down tomorrow and
John and family will be here on Sunday.
I urge you to double check with them to confirm the
dates. For those who have asked, donations would be
greatly appreciated to support Valley Hospital's Dr.
Ganapola and his continuing research efforts to isolate
a blood marker for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
That would be sent to:
The Valley Hospital Foundation
223 N. Van Dien Ave.
Ridgewood, N.J. 07450
with a notation "in support of Dr. Ganapola's
to develop a blood test for the early diagnosis of
With sadness and love.......................Barbara
Monday, February 9, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vander Platt Funeral Home of Wyckoff
257 Godwin Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
February 10, 2015
Church in Wyckoff
700 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood