William Bill Fox

June 4, 1946 - January 16, 2008

06/04/1946 - 01/16/2008

Past Services

Friday January 18, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday January 19, 2008
11:00 am
St. Matthews Catholic Church
3314 Sandra Lane
Virginia Beach, VA
757.420.6310 | Directions
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

William “Bill” Fox, 61, passed away January 16, 2008. A native New Yorker, he relocated to Virginia Beach with his wife, Rosann, son O’Brien “O’B” Fox of Norfolk and daughter Roxann Fox also of Norfolk in the early 1990’s.

He was a network engineer in the industry’s infancy and used his technical expertise to help bring Downtown New York online. He worked for companies such as: Chemical Bank, Continental Grain and Participants Trust. Upon moving to this area he became a communications technician and project manager for private industry as well as the military. He was last employed by Norfolk Wire. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Among his passions were antique cars, collecting baseball memorabilia, the New York Giants and New York Yankees and he was lucky enough to be in the stadium when A-Rod hit his 500th home run. He began his singing “career” at the Mount Carmel Feast in New York and also sang Doo-Wop. His voice reached deep down to your soul and he knew songs in languages we didn’t know that he could speak and from before his time. He loved being with his family and always had a joke, right down to the end.

He will live on for all those who loved him and for all the reasons we loved him, in our hearts forever. He leaves to cherish his memory two sisters, Patricia Reeps of Toms River, New Jersey and Frances DeBiase of Staten Island, New York along with countless family members and friends.

May God hold in his grace all those who prayed for our family, helped us through these difficult times and also to Comfort Care Hospice.

In honor, services will be held at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 3314 Sandra Lane, Va. Beach on Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 11:00 a.m, by Father Tham Thuy.
The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach Friday Jan 18 from 2- 4 and 6-9 p.m.

In loving memory, and of course according to his wishes, a celebration of Bill’s life will be held Saturday after services at the family’s home. All are welcome.

He always had a kind word for all.

Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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myles mccullough
8 years ago

Bill was a one of a kind and will be dearly missed by everyone .

La Juan H. Rome
8 years ago

Dear Rosann and the Fox family,

May God continue to give you strength during this time. Lean on Him as I pray your strength. Know to be absent from the mind is to be present with Christ. Stay encouraged and strong in the Lord.

Our prayers are with you,

The Rome Family

Kevin McKenna
8 years ago

Dear Roseann,

I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing and my deepest condolences go out to

you, OB, Roxy, and your family. Bill was a one of a kind personality and I have so many wonderful memories of him. Still to this day, after many years gone by, friends and co-workers will bring up something that came from Bill and it would bring a smile to our faces. It’s a true testament of the kind of man Bill was. Although I haven’t seen Bill in many years he still has left an impression on me that will remain forever, and I’m sure everyone I know who met him would say the same. I’m so glad I got to speak to him a couple of times this past month…and you know what, even going through what he was going through, he was still Bill. We spoke about the fun times we had, and of course sports. I know how passionate Bill was for his Yankees, and Giants football. I don’t really have the words. I’m sad, and sorry that Bill has left us way too early, but he also left an indelible mark in all our hearts. He will be missed.


Kevin McKenna

John & Patricia Reeps
8 years ago

God Bless you Brother. We will all miss you greatly.

8 years ago

May god blessings shine upon you and your family at this most difficult time in your life. May you find strength and perserverance and comfort in knowing that he is always with you.


J.D. Reeps
8 years ago

My uncle, My Godfather… simply one of a kind. He will be missed.

Donna Hammell
8 years ago

Roe & Family,

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will all miss Uncle Bill.

Love Donna & Mike Hammell & Family

8 years ago

Roe and Family :

There are no words I can say at this time to express my sincere condolences. My memories of Bill and you guys are all good .

God Bless Bill and your family and know that you are in my prayes. I am going to try and make the service.Keep the faith. Ralph

Doug John
8 years ago

Rosann & family,

My deepest sympathy. I have nothing but great memories of Bill whether it was the fun we had working together, listening to him sing Under the Boardwalk at the pier or having him tell the hillarious jokes and stories he belted out endlessly as if rehersed.

Even though those memories are 20 some odd years old I haven’t fogotten them just as I will never forget Bill. He was that kind of personality. I am so glad I had a chance to speak with him recently. It just reminded me of the tremendous man and friend Bill truly was. He will always be in our hearts and minds.


Doug John

Bill Troha
8 years ago

Rosann and Family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. We meet so many people during our lives, but we remember those that have had the greatest impact and meant the most. BillâÄôs humor and expressions will never be forgotten. No matter what the situation Bill could always bring a smile or laugh to someone that needed it.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Bill in mid December, we spoke for almost two hours about the past, our working at Continental Grain and all the stories, practical jokes and experiences we shared. I know from that conversation that he was proud of his wife, son and daughter. He boasted of their accomplishments and I could tell that he was smiling despite his condition. The fine memories of the past will always be with us to enjoy over and over. I am thankful for having worked with Bill, appreciating his humor, kindness and dedication. I will miss Bill, but I will never forget him.

Mark Kiemer
8 years ago


Our thoughts are with you and your family. Bill was a good man and he will always be remembered. He will live forever in the good things he shared with others. He will be greatly missed. Please accept our condolences to your family.

Mark and Donna Kiemer

Red Snowden
8 years ago


I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s Passing. He was in my prayers since ?I first heard of his illness.

Bill was a great guy and helped with the Knights when he could, especialy when he dressed up as Santa. May God have mercy on his soul!

Take Care

God Bless,

Red Snowden

Barbara Sievert
8 years ago

The lives of so many people are so much better for Bill having been part of those lives. Whether he made you laugh, taught you something, or just reminded you of “the big picture” and what’s really important in life, he gave much to many. I feel blessed to have had Bill as a mentor in so many ways. He and all those “Foxisms” will remain alive in our hearts for the rest of our days. My deepest sympathies to Ro, Roxie, and Obie. Bill was so very proud of each of you.

Richard Reeps
8 years ago

The world will be a sadder place without cool Uncle Bill, he will be missed. Roe, Roxanne and OB our thoughts are with you.

Rich, Preeti and Jackson Reeps

Lee Covino
8 years ago

To Ro and the Foxes–

Our deepest sympathies on the passing of my buddy, The Fox. Bill was the first Staten Islander I met when I came to SI to attend college on the GI Bill. He was an unemployed brick-layer, and I convinced him to join me at SI Community College. Bill could light up the room with his jokes and infectous laugh. I know he’s up there yelling WHO!!! WHAT!!! and I know Heaven will be a different place now. Cathy, Mariel and I will always carry Bill in our hearts and prayers.

Dorothy Muhammad
8 years ago

To Rosann & the Fox Family:

I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and the family are in my prayers. I am praying that God will grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Be not dismayed whatever betide, God will take care of you for He knows just how much you can bear. I hope that the memories of the good times you shared together will give you consolation.

Cora Foreman
8 years ago

To Rosann and Family:

I’m sending my heartfelt condolences with prayers for you and your family that the Lord will give you strength and comfort during this time of bereavement. May God Bless You Always!