Dean Edward Fox (Greenwood)
August 29, 1962 – August 19, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce Dean Edward Fox (Greenwood) passed away suddenly after a short illness August 19, 2012. His last days were spent receiving love with family and two dear friends. Dean was an intellect, a mathematician and a gentleman. He was a genuine compassionate person with a big heart “who wasn’t afraid to cry.” Dean was a graduate of Vernon Secondary School in 1980. He attended Okanagan College in 1981 and B.C.I.T. in 1982.
Dean was uniquely qualified as an Engineering Technician with 26 years of computer expertise and experience in Dot Com system design. He wrote the original firewalls and java script language being used in many modern web applications, and was the ‘Cracker’ (not hacker) who cracked illegal operations from occurring on the Internet. In the 1998 editorial of the Vancouver Sun, Dean was highly profiled for ‘his Genius expertise in computers.’ In 2001 he was employed by NAFTA as an engineering Technician, writing web scripts, and administering all static web content for the website. The highlights of Dean’s career were global, and his many jobs took him worldwide.
Dean legally changed his surname in 2000 to Fox, as Terry Fox was Dean’s inspiration… for his courage, determination and one who never stopped trying to achieve his goal. Dean had many web followers, and many “fans” viewed his strong opinions.
Predeceased by his mother Diana Marie Greenwood, lovingly remembered by Tara and Mark Holt and their two children Lee and Emerald Holt, Father Larry Greenwood, biological father Dan Quinn (Doreen), half brother Darin and his many friends and family.
Those wishing to make donations may do so to The Salvation Army House of Hope. Funeral service will be held at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday September 1, 2012 at 10:30 am. with tea to follow. Please come and share a Celebration of Life with family and friends. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” John 14; 27.