John D. Fox, 77

Phone company worker

August 02, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John D. "Jack" Fox, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. worker and apiarist, died Wednesday of cancer at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. He was 77.

Mr. Fox was born in Scranton, Pa., and moved with his family to a home on Spaulding Avenue in Baltimore's Pimlico neighborhood.

After graduating from Calvert Hall College High School in 1949, he enlisted in the Army in 1950. A paratrooper, he served with the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska.

He was discharged in 1953 and worked briefly trimming trees for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., before taking a job in 1956 as a C&P cable slicer. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Fox was a member of the Communication Workers of America.

The longtime Eldersburg resident, who had been a beekeeper for 37 years, sold his honey in several local stores and at Bullock's Country Meats & Farm Market in Westminster.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, National Association of Atomic Veterans, Airborne Static Line, American Legion and the 11th Airborne Division Association.

Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Shirley Irwin; two stepsons, Ronald L. Finn of Pikesville and Robert L. Finn of Westminster; five step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Another stepson, William M. Finn, died in 1953.

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