Obituary: Thomas Bartlett Fox Sr.

Thomas Bartlett Fox Sr.

PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Thomas Bartlett Fox Sr., 86, of Port Richey, Fla. formerly of Falmouth and Portland, passed away Jan. 1, 2023 after a long illness.

Thomas, affectionately called “Tom” or “Tom Cat” by family and friends, was born on May 27, 1936 in Portland to Philip C. and Nilda B. Fox.

Tom attended schools in Falmouth and graduated from Holderness School in New Hampshire in 1955. He then attended Nichols College in Massachusetts, where he received an associate degree in business.

After graduating from college, Tom worked in his family’s lumber business, NT Fox Co. Inc. (Fox Lumber), eventually becoming a partner. After the store closed in 1992, Tom worked in UNUM’s customer service department until his retirement in 1998.

Tom enjoyed spending time between his home in Florida and his camp in Hiram, where he had an endless list of things to work on and everything he needed “right in stock.”

An avid nature lover, Tom always enjoyed being in the woods, whether it was hunting, fishing, canoeing the Saco River, driving a snowmobile, or piling wood for camp.

One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a dedicated dad and gampi who loved to take them on four wheelers and tell stories.

Tom was a member of the Portland Masonic Temple for 63 years, where he received the degree of Master Mason. He was also a member of the Cumberland Club, Woodfords Club, Falmouth Lions Club and Aripeka Elks Lodge in Hudson, Florida.

Tom was preceded in death by his son-in-law Kevin Rydzewski.

´╗┐He is survived by his loving wife, Donalene N. Fox, with whom he was 41; brother, Jeffrey T. Fox and wife Brenda; and six children, Kimberley F. O’Connell and husband Patrick of Portland, Chrisanne Fox of Buxton, Thomas B. Fox Jr. and wife Deborah of Naples, Timothy Moody and wife Barbara of Port Richey, Florida, Kimberlee Rydzewski of Nottingham, NH , Heidi Joy and husband Robert of Windham; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Elevated Estates in New Port Richey, Fla. and Accent Care Hospice for the exceptional and loving care they have provided to Tom over the past 18 months.

No services are currently planned. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Instead of flowers, we would be happy to receive donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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