Affectionately know as Mr. Fox, Bruce, age 79, passed away June 25. He spent the last 50 years of his life on Vashon where he worked and raised his family.
Born in Yakima and raised in Tacoma, he graduated from Stadium High in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart Marilyn that same year. He put himself through college splitting cedar and building fences, earning a degree in Education. He joined the Navy and spent 2 years in the Korean War.
In 1960 they moved to Vashon where they raised 4 children and Bruce began his career as a 4th, then 6th grade teacher at Burton and Vashon Elementary schools. He became a beloved teacher and from 1960 – 1992 taught 3 generations of families, including a few of his own grandchildren.
He loved boating and the family spent their summers cruising the Canadian Islands, living off the land. Once the kids were grown, he and Marilyn bought a travel trailer and enjoyed many years on road adventures.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, children Captain Bruce Fox, Mike (Lois) Fox, Rebecca Fox MacDonald, Darren (Diane) Fox, grand children Barrett Fox, Clarice Fox, Sarah Fox (Brook) Herridge, Thomas Fox, Stuart Fox, Carl Fox, Alex Rudisky, Paul Rudisky, Kelly Ann MacDonald and great grandchildren Dorian Fox and Hudson Herridge sisters Sandy Whitney and Sharron Powell.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandson Andy MacDonald.
Memorial service Saturday July 14, 2012 11AM Bethel Church. Reception to follow.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Seattle Hospice and the Island Care Providers for their wonderful support.
Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Seattle 425 Pontius Ave N.#300 Seattle, WA. 98109 or Vashon Island Pet Protectors PO Box 245 Vashon, WA. 98070