Fox, James "Jim" Wheeler

December 12, 1937 - May 14, 2020

James (“Jim”) W. Fox, aged 82, son of Olivia and Maxwell Fox, departed this life peacefully on May 14th, 2020.  Born in Boston, MA and raised in Scarsdale, NY, Jim earned a degree in English at Hamilton College before embarking upon two international assignments in his young career, the first between 1960 and 1962, as a translator for a manufacturer located in Weinheim, Germany.  Following that, Jim moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent four years working for another manufacturer’s export division.  Jim’s experiences in those countries, particularly Nigeria, influenced his love of all things international, especially international foods and spices, travel, and encounters with people from West Africa.  Jim spent the remainder of his single days, living in New York City in the late 60s and early 70s.

During Jim’s young life, his interest in musical performance, first with his high school band, the Melody Men, and later with the Hamilton College Choir and the Chamber Choir of the Palatinate in Germany, would serve as a constant source of pleasure and purpose.  Indeed, his love of music led him to the true love of his life, his wife of 49 years, Linda, whom he met while rehearsing together for the New York Choral Society.  Married in 1971, Jim and Linda lived in New York City and in Bedford, NY before moving to Plano, TX in 1976 in pursuit of a new career for Jim in oil and natural gas.  Jim worked in this capacity for several years before working in the mergers and acquisitions field for most of the remainder of his career.

Jim had an infectious enthusiasm for wine appreciation and enjoyment, which was instrumental to the social bonds that he would form over his life, particularly in the later stage of it.  Jim loved nothing more than his family, which was the true focus of his life from the first day of his marriage.  But most of all, Jim is remembered for his optimism and his faith in the good of humanity.  He had few, if any, ill feelings or words towards others, even to those who warranted it.  His children are eternally grateful for the wonderful example of love of humanity that he exemplified.  Jim is survived by his loving and loyal wife, Linda of Plano, TX, his two children, Tim Fox (and Heidi Huntley Fox) of Arlington, VA and Julie Berens (and Scott Berens) of Richardson, TX, his grandson, Harvey Berens, and his sister, Linda Duryea of Hopewell Junction, NY.

Due to COVID-19, Jim’s life will be celebrated privately with family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323 or to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Building Fund, 2701 Piedra Drive, Plano, TX 75023.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

10 replies on “Fox, James "Jim" Wheeler”

Christine n Bob Nichols says:

Linda, Julie and Tim We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing May Gods loving arms wrap around all of you at this hard time Love Bob and Christine Nichols

Jan Paul says:

Linda,and family sorry for your loss.Few times I had the pleasure of seeing Him he was always a pleasure happy man. He will be missed here on earth Heaven gained a great servant.Prayers for all the family.

Stuart gould says:

Imi and wish condolence we are so sorry to hear of his passing. The few times we got together we remember a friendly kind man. He will be missed. May he Rest In Peace .

Christine And Bob Nichols says:

We have wonderful memories of some truly memorable gourmet wine dinners together He taught us a lot about wine He will be greatly missed

Rose and Issa Kamar says:

Our condolences to you and your children on the loss of your late husband. We are deeply sorry for your loss. May God grant you and yours a long and healthy life. With our sympathy.
Rose and Issa Kamar.

Cindy Bush says:

My sincere condolences go out to you and your family at this most difficult time. Prayers for peace and healing for you !

Beth Leonard says:

I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Roz and Art Kaplan says:

Jim was a very wonderfully kind person and will be truly missed.

Malph says:

What a wonderful man Mr. Fox was! It was my great blessing to come to know him while Tim and I were at Hamilton together. His kindness and good nature were unparalleled. He was an unflappable optimist, and his joie de vivre was infectious. The best of these qualities have always been readily apparent in how they were passed on to Tim. I looked forward to his visits to campus, and while I saw him less frequently since graduation it was always as if no time had passed. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.

Mario and Mary Ann sorrentino says:

Dear Linda
So sorry to hear
About Jims passing our condolences to you and your family

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