Tribute to Whitehaven sailor Tom Fox who died aged 90


Thomas ‘Tom’ Fox had many friends, but most of them had little-known past.

He was born in Whitehaven in 1931 to a family of minors and raised in Woodhouse. After leaving school, he went to work at Haig Pit, as his family had done before him.

But this life was not for him, and he decided to go to sea school in Bristol instead, to learn the art of becoming a merchant seaman, and his career took off from there .

Tom’s first posting was to Canada at the age of 16. He has sailed all over the world, several times, on ships ranging from small boats to first class liners.

His exploits have taken him to almost every continent in the world, and he has even been recognized as a veteran after his work on personnel carriers during the Korean War.

He returned to Whitehaven and worked for many years on the Marchon Venturer and Marchon Entreprise vessels.

It was there that he met his wife, Lily (née Taylor), whose family ran the ‘Turks Head Inn’, most recently the ‘Taylor’s Tavern’ on Tangier Street.

He is survived by his son Nathan, his stepdaughter Jane and his granddaughter.

Tom lived in Monkwray Court for the last 12 years of his life and had previously lived on Bransty Road.

Nathan, 46, said: “My dad was a true Whitehaven man, although he sailed all over the world he always called his hometown ‘paradise’.

“Both of my parents were travelers but in different ways. My mom was at the fun fair, my dad went to sea, but they found each other and gave me a brilliant education, full of stories my friends couldn’t. what to dream of. ”