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Celebrating the life of

Eugene Andrew Fox

Passed away on May 24, 2021

Eugene Andrew Fox

Eugene A. Fox died peacefully at Hospice Savannah on May 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. Gene was born June 20, 1934 in Nyack, N.Y. He was the only child of Eugene Deming Fox and Edna Anilda Fox, (nee McCormick). He grew up in Haverstraw, NY and graduated from Haverstraw High School in 1952. After a postgraduate year at The Peddie School, he attended Bradley University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Gene was an avid athlete, and a member of the Bradley Braves basketball team when they won the N.I.T. Championship his senior year in 1957. He was also inducted into the North Rockland Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1951 Haverstraw High School County Championship football team. Upon his graduation from Bradley he served as a Special Agent with U.S. Army Counterintelligence.

He married his college sweetheart Beverly Ann Caffrey in 1960. She was also from his hometown of Haverstraw, and he proposed on Christmas Eve in the same spot where they first met.

Gene started his career in advertising in New York City working for Ogilvy, Benson & Mather. Seeking a career change, he followed the advice of a co-worker, applied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and received an appointment as a Special Agent in July 1963. Early on, he served under Director J. Edgar Hoover and considered it a privilege. He worked as a Special Agent in several field offices before his last transfer to Savannah, GA in 1976 where he served as the Bank Robbery Coordinator, Hostage Negotiator, and Media Coordinator. He was instrumental in resolving the hostage situation and inmate takeover at the old Chatham County Jail on Habersham Street in 1979. Following his retirement in 1984 he continued to work for the FBI as a contract investigator.

Gene loved music, sports and simply spending time with family and friends. He played the drums from an early age and joined various dance bands during high school and college. He resumed his interest in music after retirement and formed his own band, performing often at events around Savannah and Hilton Head. He also had a 3-year run with The Ben Tucker Trio playing the Sunday Brunch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. He spent many years playing tennis and later developed a love for racquetball. He enjoyed regular exercise and the people he met along the way even more.

He is survived by his wife Beverly, his son Eric (Terrie), his son Jesse (Brooke), his daughter Alison Fox, and his 4 grandchildren, Kyle (Dana) Fox, Emily Fox, Brayden Fox and Reed Fox.

The Fox family would like to extend their love and thanks to caregivers Lillie and LaTasha, and all the staff at Hospice Savannah. They ask that any memorial gifts be sent to Hospice Savannah (1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406), or the charity of your choice

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A kind and gentle man whom we were privileged to call our friend. May he rest in eternal peace. Fond memories of all our wonderful times together both in NY and Savannah. Sending love and prayers to Beverly and all the family.

- Natale, 10980, New York

Dear Fox family, I was so sad to hear of Gene's passing. He was one of our pickleball group at the Jenkins Athletic Club, where he schooled us with his crazy slice/spin serve, which I assume came from racquetball. I was amazed how well he moved!!!! He was a gentleman who would always wait until the ladies cleared the parking lot before he'd leave. I've missed not seeing him since Covid began and now I'll really miss him. May he rest in peace. With a heavy heart, Teri Grayson

- Teri Grayson, SAVANNAH, GA - Georgia

Gene was a special soul! I got to know him through pickleball at Jenkins Athletic Club. He was quite the athlete and could beat anyone one of us 60 year olds and younger, at any given time. He was a gentleman also, always staying at Jenkins to close up until the last lady left the building. I am so sorry for your loss and my heart grieves with you all. My prayers are with the whole family… “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you today and always.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17 Dede Roberts

- Dede Roberts, Savannah , Georgia

To the Fox family, we are so sorry for your loss. Although we only met him a few times, he made a lasting & loving impression in our hearts. Our thoughts and condolences are with each of you.

- Scott & Teri Lewis, Falls Church, VA

Prayers for the entire Fox family. Your Dad was a true Gentleman. Everytime I think of him, I think about his top notch stereo system and his drum set. Also, there was never a hat that he didn't look great in! Brian

- Brian O'Neal , Savannah , Georgia

I enjoyed knowing Gene as a shooting and music companion. He will be sorely missed.

- Sandy Termotto, Bluffton , SC

I enjoyed knowing Gene as a shooting and music companion. He will be sorely missed.

- Sandy Termotto, Bluffton , SC

My cousin Gene was a very classy, kind and soft spoken man. As a kid it was fun when he visited our home in Ct! I enjoyed our yearly phone calls around Xmas time and we often spoke about his Dad, Genie and my Mom, Kathryn, and of course their sister and our Aunt Alice. I also like talking drums with Gene, as I play the drums too! May he rest in peace!! Brace & Nancy Carpenter

- Brace Carpenter, Beverly, MA

Beverly and family, we send our deepest sympathy upon your loss of Gene. May his memory be eternal.

- Tommy and Amanda Cannon, Savannah, GA

Beverly and family, we send our deepest sympathy upon your loss of Gene. May his memory be eternal.

- Tommy and Amanda Cannon, Savannah, GA

I want to add my condolences to Gene's family. Gene and I shared the love of jazz music and particularly playing drums. He and I both played with many of the Savannah/Hilton Head Jazz and Big Band groups, often substituting for each other when one of us couldn't make a particular gig. He was a steady and accomplished musician and we enjoyed many times together discussing the art of drumming we both loved so much. I will miss Gene and add want to add my sympathy to his family on his passing. Sprague

- Sprague Exley, SAVANNAH, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Tommy & Phyllis Alford, Savannah, GA

My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to the family. I have had the privilege of knowing Gene for over 30 years. He was my racquetball partner, my pickleball partner and my friend. A true gentleman on and off the court.

- Jim Weeks, Rincon, Ga

My Uncle Genie was an amazing man. Vibrant, talented and always a positive role model. I have such loving memories of our holidays together when I was a child, sharing with my siblings cherished time with Genie & Beverly and my cousins Eric, Jesse & Alison. No matter how chaotic the few days we spent were, Genie always carved out time to talk with me, asking my about my little girl life, laughing with me and making our relationship special. Later, he did the same with my own son, sharing their mutual love of music. Genie loved life, and he lived every day joyfully. His lasting impact on his family, friends, and likely strangers is immeasurable. I admired and adored him, and he will be sorely missed. Rest in eternal peace, Genie. God Bless you and the Fox family.

- Jennifer Dempsey, Mansfield, MA

Gene was a dedicated and conscientious Agent, a loving Father and Husband,and avid athelete, a talented drummer,a coffee buddy, and a good friend during his work here in Savannah and in later years of retirement. He will be greatly missed. Grant and Nancy Meade

- Grant D. Meade, SAVANNAH, GA

what an amazing man. So sorry your loss. He was special. Gene rest in peace

- lee simoneax, Bluffton, SC

We are truly sorry for your loss. Gene was a great man with so many talents. His style and grace will be missed by many. We will be praying for all of your family.

- RONALD AND KATHLEEN COPPAGE, SAVANNAH, GA

We are all so sorry for you loss. We are thinking and praying for your family. We love you.

- Maura, Maddie and Alden Schroeder, Atlanta, Ga

A wonderful dad, husband, grandfather and friend. I know he will be terribly missed. You all are in mu thoughts and prayers.

- Stephanie W Giorgio, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Our Love and Prayers are with all of you

- Neal and Ruth Markowitz, Savannah, GA 31404

dear beverly @family

- bernard hughes BJ, stony point, NY

dear beverly @ family. No one can take away the pain and loss you must feel and the comfort that genie is at peace with God. A friend and classmate. BJ

- bernard hughes BJ, stony point, NY

Dear Beverly, my condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Cherish your memories, Jane

- Catherine Dempsey, Garnerville, NY

Dear Beverly, my condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Cherish your memories, Jane

- Catherine Dempsey, Garnerville, NY

A candle has been lit!

- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200

  • A private burial will be held