Bernadette Fox (nee McGrath), loving wife of John Patrick Fox (Dec.), Devoted mother of Kathleen (Thomas Childers), Patricia (Kevin Butler), John (Sheila Kerin), and Eileen (Kevin Donnelly). Doting grandmother of Brian, Erin (Corey O’Neal), Tommy (Randi Lee Venturini), Caitlin, Chris, Lauren (Glen Roche), Lisa, Kelci, Tyler (JoAnna Hart) and Megan. Proud great grandmother of Grace, Kellan, and Kennedy Marie.
Bernadette was one of six children born to Irish immigrants. She was born and raised in the Bronx and raised her family there as well. Until the day she died, she always remained extremely proud of her heritage and roots. Aside from her children, grandchildren and great grand-children, she is survived by her brother, Martin (McGrath) and her sister, Nora (Annunziata).
She had a long career in banking while also raising her children. She loved singing, playing cards, and just conversing with people, whether they were old friends or recently met strangers. Despite significant health problems in her later years, her stubborn determination and will to live allowed her to see, feel and experience much more than anyone would have ever imagined.
She loved to quote aphorisms, metaphors and other general life lessons to her children and grandchildren. These were often a source of deep reflection when quoted accurately and appropriately, but just as often a source of mutual laughter when misapplied. When that happened, she would often be the one laughing loudest and hardest.
She will be sorely missed but no one can ever take her sunshine away.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to The American Lung Association in Bernadette’s name.
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