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Cyril James (Cy) Fox

Cyril James (Cy) Fox

Date de naissance : 26 juillet 1931

Date de décès : 10 juillet 2018

Cyril was born in St. John’s Newfoundland and was the eldest son of Justice C.J. Fox, the First Chairman of the National Convention, and Mary Fox (nee Cashin). Born a proud Newfoundlander during a tumultuous time, Cy campaigned fervently for Responsible Government, and throughout his life identified always as a Newfoundlander. Cyril began his education at St Bonaventure’s College in St John’s. He was innately a scholar with a deep passion for literature and the arts. Futile attempts to raise young Cyril’s nose from books and lower his head from his budding dreams earned him the moniker ‘Smell the Moon’ from his practical and ever pragmatic grandmother Lady Gertrude (Mullowney) Cashin. A last attempt to forcibly mold the scholar to a businessman by an ill fated trial on the Grand Banks resulted merely in alternating bouts of nausea and relentless yearning for the written word, onshore! Cyril excelled at academics and after beginning his post secondary education at Memorial University in 1948, completed his B.A. at St. F.X. He won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1952 and entered Merton College, Oxford, Law. After recuperating from contracting TB while in England, Cyril completed his Masters in Modern History at Columbia University, NYC. In 1961 he joined the Associated Press as a journalist in Newark, New Jersey. Two years later he transferred to the AP ‘s partner, Canadian Press with whom which he transferred back to London England in 1967. From his London base Cyril roamed Paris, Belfast, Brussels, Cyprus and Bucharest covering a range of foreign stories including the Parisian student riots, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the UN Population Conference. In 1974 he became Chief Sub Editor of the Reuters World Desk at Fleet Street which saw him seconded to Hong Kong and New Delhi covering political events. Cyril retired from Reuters in 1986 and returned to Canada in 1994 after his health began to suffer from "years of relishing English beer in Fleet St. pubs" and his soul’s perpetual yearning for the Newfoundland of his boyhood. The adventures of his professional life were fondly and entertainingly memorialized by the publishing of his memoirs in 2009’s “New World, Old World: Bridging the North Atlantic”. During his decades abroad Cy developed deep and lifelong friendships that he cherished and stoked upon his return to Canada, and ultimately Newfoundland. Cyril was an enthusiastic student and collector of art and literature and amassed one of the world’s largest collections of the works of Wyndham Lewis. He was widely recognized as an expert of Lewis’ paintings and writings and was requested to lecture often and afar on Lewis. Cyril was a Trustee of the Wyndham Lewis Society and offered his expertise to Kensington Library, Dover College, Reading University and enthusiastically returned to Memorial University to give the E.J. Pratt lecture where he pointed up convergences between Pratt’s poetry and Lewis. Typical of his quiet, generous soul, in 2006 he donated his vast collection to the University of Victoria where it remains on site as “The CJ FOX Collection”. Cy was predeceased by his parents, C.J. Fox, and Mary (nee Cashin), his eldest sister Marie Fox, his sisters and their respective spouses Joan LaFontaine (Jean), Nora Cahill (Gerard), Sheila Ryan (Frank), his sister-in-law Madeline Fox, his infant brother Charles Fox, his infant nephew Jeffrey Fox, his nephew John Ryan and his infant great-niece Kathleen Beer. He is survived by his non scholarly but athletic brother David Fox of St. John’s, numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Cy was intuitively interested in who they were, and who they were becoming as Global Citizens. At Cyril’s request, Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Sunday July 15th from 2-4 and 7-9 at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd, St. John’s. A funeral mass in celebration of Cyril’s life will be held at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Monday July 16th at 9:30. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. To send a message of condolence, or to sign the memorial guestbook, please visit

He never stopped hating fishing and fish.


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