Peacefully passed away at the I.O.O.F. Senior’s Home in Barrie on 19 December 2014. Bob was 78 years young at his passing. Bob leaves behind his children Susan, Tom, Don, Karen, and Celia. Grandfather to Robert Bradley, Edmund, Jennifer, Zachary, Jack, Megan, Vanessa, Robert Royce, Andrew, Paul Joseph, Wesley Robert, Cody and April. Great Grandfather to Neelie and Murphy, Asher and Addison, Christopher and Nikita. Bob is predeceased by his loving wife Lee Fox (2009), his parents George W. and Celia Fox, and his sister Marguerite Forsyth. Dad worked for better than 30 years for IBM Canada and on about his retirement he enjoyed his lodge work, fixing computers and printers, but most of all, he loved children. He loved to dress up like Santa Claus for special events like single parents and children. He built a giant snow slide for us and the neighbours, and he worked very hard to get playground equipment for handicapped children. Anything to make a child smile, dad would do. We all know that deep down, there was a child inside. We will especially miss that twinkle in his eye. Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, December 22, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., immediately followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the I.O.O.F. Senior’s Home in Barrie (cheques only at the funeral home please).
God Speed Dad – Mom’s waiting.
The life of Past Grand Master, Brother Robert George Fox:
Brother Bob was born on September 9, 1936. He was married to the late Sister Leona (Lee) Fox. Five children, Susan, Thomas, Donald, Karen and Celia. Thirteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Brother Bob as we knew him joined Odd Fellowship in Samaritan Lodge #35 Ingersoll, Ontario on April 8, 1980, a 30-year member. Upon job employment with IBM and moving to Sarnia, Ontario, he transferred his membership to Sarnia Lodge No. 126. Upon retirement he still dabbled in computer/printer repairs. He served the lodges in many capacities as well as Past District Deputy President. When Sarnia Lodge No. 126 closed, he transferred his membership to Model Lodge No. 144 where he held his membership until his passing. Also served on the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge of Ontario. He was a member of Alpha Encampment No. 26, Alpha Lea No. 26, a Fulilier in Sarnia Canton No.26. He was Grand Master in 1998-99, serving as his counterpart was President Sister Patricia Smith of the Rebekah Assembly of Ontario. During his year as Grand Master, his project was playground equipment for Camp Trillium, Rainbow Lake at Waterford, Ontario. Brother Bob was a Rebekah with membership in St. Clairview No. 271, Colfax No.28, when it turned in the charter he transferred to Mayflower No.324 Corunna and Associate at Starlight No.344 Wyoming. Serving on several local lodge committees. Upon the death of his wife Sister Lee, Brother Bob moved to the IOOF home in Barrie where he was active in his lodge in the home and served as Residence Council. Will close with Brother Bob’s scripture for his year as Grand Master.
Psalm 121:1, 2-1
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which hath made heaven and earth.