Obituary: Richard Charles Fox

December 13, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

Richard Charles Fox, 73, of Boca Grande, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 4, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Adelaide Fox; his brothers and sisters, James Fox, Virginia Fox Kirkwood, Kathryn Fox Nelson and Timothy Fox. He was a loving husband to his wife of 49 years, Joanne Darrow Fox, father to his children Jennifer (Stephen Jackson), David (Susan), Johnathan (Lindsay), Richard “Charlie” Jr. (Nicolle), and Peter (Laurin) and grandfather to Kathryn, Johnathan Jr., Sophie, Kayden, Isabel, Lilian, Frederick, Maddox, Joanna, Gwendolyn, Peter Jr., Cooper and Tenley. He is also survived by his brother Robert Fox (Linda), brothers-in-laws Robert Kirkwood, Don Nelson, and sister-in-law Julia Ann, as well as countless nieces and nephews.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Richard was a long time paperboy who faithfully managed his neighborhood route. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School where he discovered his passion for basketball and his respect for the Jesuit education. After high school, he attended Kenyon College, majoring in Economics, joining Beta Theta Phi and continuing his basketball career. In 1968, he started at Harvard Business School and became an assistant basketball coach for the Crimson. He and Joanne met and dated in Boston and married in May, 1970.
After graduating with his MBA, he joined Price Waterhouse Coopers in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1974 he became Wendy’s Restaurants’ first CFO when there were only 93 restaurants. In April, 1976 he and his family moved to Rochester, NY and became Wendy’s franchisees, opening their first restaurant in East Rochester on August 17, 1976. Throughout his 40 years with Wendy’s, Richard and his team operated 113 restaurants in 5 states. He was inducted into the Wendy’s Hall of Fame in 1998.
Throughout his years in Rochester, Richard was a member of many boards and benefactor of several committes and charities. He was passionate about supporting education and the arts in the community. The Boy Scouts, McQuaid Jesuit, Genessee Country Museum, Canandaigua National Bank and Trinity Montessori are just a few of the organizations that he supported. Richard’s passion for philanthropy and mentoring has been passed down to his family who are involved with many organizations.
In 2015, he moved to Boca Grande, Florida where his family had vacationed often.
Richard’s intellect and generosity will be missed by many who knew him.
There will be a private family service prior to the holidays with a larger celebration of life to be held in January in Rochester, NY with more details to follow.