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Fox, Joan E.

Joan E. (McNeil) Fox, a resident of Roslindale for 30 years, and formerly of Brighton, died Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at her home in Roslindale.  She was 67.  Joan was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on May 18, 1943, the third daughter of Edward and Muriel Ethel (Anderson) McNeil.  During her childhood she and her parents travelled and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Havanna, Cuba, and Hamilton, Bermuda.  Joan moved to Boston during college.  She graduated from Boston University in 1965.  There she met David Fox, whom she married in 1966.  In 1972 she received a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Northeastern University, and practiced as a speech therapist in the Weymouth public schools from 1972 to 1976.  In 1976 she was granted a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Community Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern University, and provided mental health treatment in clinics, agencies and outpatient facilities.  She specialized in family therapy, having received certification from the Boston Family Institute in 1979.  In 1980 she was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deparrtment of Mental Health.  For ten years she provided mental health services to state inmates and their families in state prisons such as MCI Cedar Junction, MCI Norfolk, and MCI Framingham.  From 1990 until 1992 she worked as a staff psychologist at the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End of Boston, training staff, providing psychoeducational services to homeless men and women, co-leading an AIDS education group, and providing consultation to neighborhood programs.  In 1992 she received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  Dr Fox was the Clinical Director of Aftercare Services in East Boston from 1992 to 1995. In 1995 she joined a private practice in Norwood, Massachusetts where she provided a wide range of Psychological services until her retirement in 2007.  Throughout her career Dr. Fox also provided volunteer services to the developmentally disadvantaged adult community.  In December 2008 members of the Stratford Street United Church held a vigil for Joan and David, walking a labyrinth in silent prayer and in support of her treatment for cancer.  Dr. Fox was predeceased by her sisters, Lois McNeil Patchett and Marjorie Ethel McNeil.  She is survived by her husband David; loving nieces and nephews; and many close, caring friends.  Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, September 7th from 4 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 63 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale.  Her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 o clock at the Stratford Street United Church, 77 Stratford Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Stratford Street United Church (address above) would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary and Jack Wall
    September 3rd, 2010 | 9:48 pm

    Dear David,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Joan. She will be greatly missed.
    Love and Prayer,
    Mary and Jack

  2. Guillaine and John Farrell
    September 4th, 2010 | 9:17 am

    Dear David,

    John and I want to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of Joan. Joan was an extraordinary person, who touched a multitude of people in a very special way. We were very fortunate to have known her, especially John, who knew her for so many years. Please know that you are in our hearts — sharing your grief and hoping that the love of your friends will help.

    With love, always.

    Guillaine and John

  3. Christine Pasiakos
    September 4th, 2010 | 10:47 pm

    Dear David,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Although few, our encounters with Joan were always very warm and pleasant. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love,
    Serafim, Chris and family

  4. Michael & Kelly Fox
    September 5th, 2010 | 6:47 pm

    Uncle Dave,
    We are so sorry to hear about Joan. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies to you.

  5. Joan & Paul Lavoie
    September 5th, 2010 | 8:54 pm

    Dear David,

    We are both so sorry to hear about Joan. We always looked
    forward to meeting with you when you came to Florida. We will miss our get togethers. No matter how much time went by, it was always as though we had just been together.

    We remember her now as a warm, giving, talented and caring friend. We will miss her. Working with her was both a pleasure and an inspiration. The world is made poorer by her loss.

    Both you and Joan are in our prayers, particularly during these next few months when her loss will seem the heaviest.


    Joan and Paul

  6. Bob & Je-nean Fox
    September 6th, 2010 | 11:46 am

    Dear Uncle Dave,

    Our prayers and deepest sympathies extend to you during this time. We wish you peace and comfort in knowing what a blessing it was to be a part of Aunt Joan’s life.

    With love,

    Bob & Je-nean

  7. Diane Rothauser
    September 6th, 2010 | 9:18 pm

    Dear David,
    We are so sorry to hear about Joan. She was a wonderful person and and friend. I will miss her.
    Love, Diane

  8. Cathy Neidich
    September 7th, 2010 | 8:42 am

    Dear David,
    I was so sorry to hear about Joan’s death. She was a warm, talented clinician who readily shared her skills with others. I learned much from her. Take care of yourself during this difficult time.

  9. Barbara and Harry
    September 7th, 2010 | 2:01 pm

    Dearest David,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Knowing Joan and you for 45 years has been a continuous blessing in our lives. We will miss her smile, her warmth, and her kind heart.

    Take care of yourself and keep in touch during these difficult times. You mean so much to us.
    Barbara and Harry

  10. andree lerat
    September 8th, 2010 | 11:58 am

    Dear David,

    Ellen just told me this morning about your wife. So sorry to hear about your loss.

    Warms regards,

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