John Francis Fox, 95, of Brighton, MA, formerly of Hamden, CT, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2014 at Briarwood Nursing Home in Needham, MA. He was born in New York, New York on December 18, 1918 to the late Thomas and Hannah Sullivan Fox. He was married to the late Mary Elizabeth (Bette) Paskins Fox for 35 years and to the late Florence Mastrianni Fox for the last 19 years. John worked and raised his family in Hamden, CT. He retired from the U.S. Army, as a 2nd. Lt. in 1943. He worked as a Fuller Brush Man and in retail for many years. He is survived by his children, Susan (Michael) Mackey of Tinmouth, VT, Regina Shirey of Cupertino, CA, John Jr. 'Buddy' (Marie ) Fox of Summerhill, Ireland, Joan (Paul) Sullivan of Needham, MA, and Chrissie Fox of Hamden, CT. He will be missed by his grandchildren; Lisa Machin, Liam Mackey, Paul, Connor and Hannah Sullivan, Elizabeth, Kyle and Adam Fox. John is also survived by his siblings Christopher Fox of Floral Park, NY and Marie (Tootsie) McLaughlin and her husband Robert of Williston Park, NY. John was predeceased by his granddaughter Jessica Mackey and his siblings Fr. Thomas Fox and Helen Johnson. He will be fondly remembered by the Mastrianni children. John was an active parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish for 50 years and a model of Christian faith and love for all of us. He loved golf, the New York Yankees, music and dancing. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Civitan Club of Hamden and volunteered for many organizations, even being honored with Connecticut Volunteer of the Year. Funeral from Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden at 9:30 AM on Saturday, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Avenue, Hamden. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Internment with Military Honors will take place in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in John's name to HART United Inc., 72 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 06473 or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, NewYork, NY 10022.

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  1. ..God bless always dear friend. What a precious, sweet man you always were! We will so miss you Mr. Fox! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fox family. We are truly sorry for your loss, the Lord took back a really good one this time and we have all gained a FANTASTIC guardian Angel. May God Bless always!.

  2. .God bless always dear friend. What a precious, sweet man you always were! We will so miss you Mr. Fox! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fox family. We are truly sorry for your loss, the Lord took back a really good one this time and we have all gained a FANTASTIC guardian Angel. May God Bless always!

  3. I was John and Florence’s accountant for many years and I am sad to read of his passing. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family. Jerry Siegel -A&J Tax

  4. I wish to extend my very deepest sympathy to all of John’s relatives,family, and friends. John was a real gentle man and was greatly admired. John will be sadly missed by me and all who knew him. Sharing Your Loss Paul Clausmeyer

  5. John (Buddy) and family, we send you all our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. May his memories comfort you and keep him in your hearts forever.

  6. Prayerful condolences dear Regina and family from all of us at St Simon Parish. May the Lord who died and rose again so that we may have eternal life bring this faith-filled son into the New Kingdom and may He console and comfort you in your loss. Blessings, Fr Warwick

  7. To all of John’s family and friends. These are sad times here at Provident House. John was my friend and a bearer of light to many of us. Caring,loving and kind. John there is a big hole in my heart today. Well done John. Welcome home. Elaine Pugatch

  8. To Regina and all of her family, Andy and I send our thoughts and prayers of comfort to all of you at this time. May all the wonderful memories of your Father help you all through this journey.

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