#AtoZChallenge – F for John Michael FOX
F is for JOHN MICHAEL FOX
JOHN MICHAEL FOX was born on 28 November 1888 at Gundagai NSW to parents GEORGE WILLIAM FOX and MARY ELIZABETH COONEY.
John Fox married my cousin 2x removed, WINIFRED TAYLOR on 15 October 1913 at St.Kilda, Victoria. He died on 7 March 1933, at the age of 45, at Gundagai, and is buried in the North Gundagai Cemetery
from: The Gundagai Independent, 09 March 1933, page 2
General regret was expressed throughout the town and district on Tuesday morning when it became known that Mr J.M. (Jack) FOX had passed suddenly away at his home about midnight on Monday. He was about town throughout the day, and chatted freely with his friends, returning home for the evening meal with his family. For the last few years he has been a victim to Sciatica, which exacted a heavy toll on his constitution, and in the last twelve months, had lost some weight, but nevertheless, was always cheerful.
In conversation with Mrs FOX, he complained that he was not feeling very well, and some time after the family had retired for the night, he was seized with a fit of coughing, and called to his wife, who went quickly to his aid, and ran post haste for the doctor; the daughter attending her father in the meantime. It was indeed a sad shock to the distracted wife on her arrival back home to find that her husband had succumbed to an attack of haemorrhage.
Deceased was the second youngest son of our respected old pioneer, Mr Geo. FOX and the late Mrs. FOX, and was 45 years of age. Well over 6ft. in height, “Jack” was a well known and popular figure around town, particularly among the sporting fraternity, being a keen follower of racing.
He served his apprenticeship to the printing trade on the staff of the “Gundagai Times”, and with the exception of brief periods at Lockhart and Adelong, was employed with Mr Elworthy for nearly 30 years until the paper ceased publication about 15 months ago.
Trustworthy and reliable, no better workman ever handled a “stick and rule”, and his quiet, even temperament made him popular with everybody. For many years he wrote turf notes for the “Times” and he was recognised authority on the form and breeding of horses.
It was at Lockhart he met his wife (Miss Taylor), whom he married over 28 years ago, and a family of ten children (many of them of tender years) are left to face the battle of life without the aid of their father.
Four brothers, (Messrs. George, Tom, Jim and Allan Fox) and four sisters (Mrs J.J. Fallon, Misses Lily, Nellie and Eileen FOX) also survived him, and the sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved family and relatives in their sad trouble.
The funeral took place on Wednesday, deceased’s remains being laid to rest in the catholic portion of the north Gundagai cemetery, Rev Fr. Glover rendering the service at the graceside.
Thanks to fellow researcher, Peter Toohey, for this information and photos.