Deane Knox Fox Jr.

Deane Knox Fox Jr. was born Dec. 14, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He passed away Dec. 3, 2018, after battling Alzheimer’s.

Deane, or “Skip,” as friends and family called him, grew up in Port Washington. He and his family spent most weekends and vacations in Orient sailing and playing a little tennis. His dad, Deane K. Fox Sr., was a founding member of Orient Yacht Club, where they spent time sailing and racing boats.

Skip attended Brown University and then moved to Houston, Texas, where he attended the University of Houston. There, he met his wife, Dorothy Witt, and they married in 1959.

Skip had a career in sales, including the insurance and plastics industries. His job took him and his family to California for seven years before transferring back to Texas. He retired in 2008. After retiring, he enjoyed volunteering at the YMCA, being with family and always sharing stories of his time sailing.

One of his favorite things he loved doing on his birthday was eating a big piece of chocolate layer cake with a glass of fat-free milk. Besides the love of sailing, he also enjoyed biking and cooking, specifically grilling, veggie shakes and always something “goopy goppy” for dessert.

He will be remembered by friends and family as a loving person with a feisty personality.

Deane was preceded in death by his father, Deane K. Fox Sr.; his mother, Georgia Case Fox; and his younger brother, George Fox.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy K. Fox; his daughters, Karen Tutt and her husband, Todd Tutt, and Jennie and her husband, Russell Marshall; his four grandchildren, Chance and Nicholas Tutt and Grant and Deane Marshall; his brother Stuart Fox and his wife, Cathie; and nephews Stuart Fox and George Fox. His other nephew, Bo Fox, joined him April 6.

We are saddened by Bo’s loss but comforted knowing they are together. Until we meet again, “Sail On!”

A graveside service will take place Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at Orient Central Cemetery. Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport is assisting the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Phoenix Fox Foundation at

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