In Memoriam


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 Manhattan.

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, (, 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 research"
to develop a blood test for the early diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer.

With sadness and love.......................Barbara

Service Information


Monday, February 9, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Vander Platt Funeral Home of Wyckoff
257 Godwin Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ  07481
(201) 891-3400

Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
11:30 AM

St. Elizabeth's Church in Wyckoff
700 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(201) 891-1122


Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood


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