The children of Robert Gerald Fox, formerly of Vernon, BC, sadly announce the passing of their Dad on November 11, 2015. “Gerry” is survived by his sons, Melvin (Jan) and Larry (Diane) Fox, and his daughter, Cherry (Rob) Inglis, six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Clara, in 2010 , and his son, Lathen “Sid”, in 1998. Gerry and Clara lived in Vernon, from 1970 to 2010. Gerry moved to Merritt, BC, to live with his daughter, after losing Clara, his lifelong friend and love of his life.
“Gerry” was born May 28, 1925 on a farm near Headlands, SK, the eldest of four children. Gerry enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1943, was called to active duty in 1944, but due to a bout of pneumonia, was unable to go overseas. By the time he recuperated, World War II was over and in 1946, Gerry was given an honorable discharge. After graduating from grade 8, Gerry found work at jobs which included farmhand, logger, petty officer on a hydrographical survey ship and a locomotive fireman on the Canadian National Railroad. In 1948 he married Clara in Prince George, BC. In 1951, he was hired by BC Hydro, his employer for the next 34 years, until his retirement. Gerry was fascinated by trains, airplanes and the stars and universe. He studied and obtained his pilot’s licence in 1956. Gerry was a jack-of-all-trades. He could build a house, re-build a motor, or do auto-body work; he built everything from radio control airplanes to welded copper mural clocks. He spent hours reading non-fiction books; he loved technology, and in his elder years, Gerry searched the internet and kept in touch with his family on his computer and iPad.
Dad has gone to re-unite with Mom and Lathen. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
No service will be held.