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Informal gathering planned for cyclist Jonny Fox

A cyclist involved in a motor vehicle collision Saturday in Bloomfiled has died.
Prince Edward County OPP officers report John Fox, 56, of Bloomfield was travelling on Main Street about 10:48 p.m. in the village of Bloomfield.

Police report an eastbound vehicle struck the cyclist who was reported to be in the centre of the roadway. Fox was transported to the Kingston General Hospital where he later died.

John ‘Jonny’ Fox is the son of Mary and the late Tom Fox. He is the brother of Elisha ‘Mary’ Fox of Belleville, Joyce and Graham Bell of Toronto, Tom and Linda of Bloomfield and Diana-Lynn Fox of Ottawa.

An informal gathering will take place in the hall of the Bloomfield United church on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. Cremation has taken place.  If desired, donations to the Loyalist Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences to the Fox family were quick to start pouring in for the man who was known to many in Bloomfield.
“Who’s going to wake me in the morning with those jaunty greetings to all and sundry as he passes along the street?” comments Celine Papizewska, owner of Diva Adornments, in downtown Bloomfield.
“Johnny always had a cheery greeting, a big smile and an even bigger heart,” said Lynne Wiseman Ross. “He will be sorely missed by all in Bloomfield, that’s for sure.”

She suggested anyone in Bloomfield who has a flagpole, could lower the flag to half-mast as “a suitable thing to do in remembrance of Johnny and in respect for his family.”

The investigation is continuing.

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  1. rebecca miller says:

    So sorry to hear. He sure was awesome.
    My deepest condolences.

  2. Mariana says:

    Dear Diana,
    We are so sorry to hear this sad news, we will pray for your brother and family with my kids, tonight.

    They always remember you, and the creme brule degustation!!

    Receive our love.

    Mariana, Diego, Matias y Maria Sol

  3. Vicky Viale says:

    Dear Diana,
    We are so sorry to hear the news about your brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking of you and the rest of the family. Sending you lots of love.

    Viale Family

  4. Shirley DeMille says:

    Thanks to everyone that contributed in any way to the reception at the Bloomfield United Church for the Fox family. I think it was so successful because Bloomfield is not a village it is a family.

  5. Sue Hierlihy says:

    Thank you to the Church Ladies and the entire congregation of Bloomfield United Church for hosting Johnny’s Gathering last evening. Hundreds of people were given the opportunity to grieve with the Fox family.

  6. It is hard to imagine our village without this hardworking, friendly man drifting by on his bike or lawn mower. We waved to him last week as he walked along Main street. Somehow Bloomfield will never be quite the same. Our thoughts are with his family.

  7. Pam Patterson says:

    Johnny was an institution in Bloomfield. How will I ever find anything anymore! Johnnie found my hat, my stamps, my neighbor’s dog…. when he dropped off the paper I’d be working chained at my computer and I’d hear the mudroom door open and hear the slap of the paper hitting the floor. “Hi Johnnie,” I’d yell, “Thank You!” … “Ok” he’d yell. “Have a nice day!”… He was (and still is) woven into the dailiness of the village for me – everyday on that red bike, on the street, cutting grass, at my door……I (the whole village!) was so shocked to hear of this accident & his death….Mary, Tom, Lindsay, Linda and the extended Fox family….I am so sorry for your loss….

  8. Susan West says:

    I know Johnny would be stunned by the outpouring of affection and loss we all feel on his passing.. He cheered each and everyone of us in a hundred different ways everyday!!!! His kind heart and cheerful face will be sorely missed!

  9. Gail Henderson says:

    I can’t imagine Bloomfield without Jonny.He was such a fixture of the village. Always with a cheery greeting and smile. My deepest condolences to Mary and family. He will be missed by all.

  10. sandi sokol says:

    Johnny has always been knitted into the fabric of the Bloomfield I know. Delivering papers, cutting grass, doing an odd job here and there…. a smile, a wave, a happy word. I am extremely saddened to hear of this tragedy and
    will miss him and the special flavour he brought to our village. My sincere condolences to Mary and her family. God bless.

  11. Annemarie Fulford says:

    What will Bloomfield be without Johny? He always brought a smile to my face, and was so kind and always helpful. I will miss you my friend, and so will we all. My deepest condolences to Mary, Tom, and the rest of the Fox family.

  12. Margaret MacDonald says:

    Johnny seemed to have a nickname for all the Bloomfield ladies–for me, my sisters and my mother it was either “darlin'” or “sweetheart”, though admittedly, he sometimes couldn’t tell us apart. I will miss his exuberant disposition, seeing him bike past the house or drive up Mill Street on his riding mower or find his wagon inexplicably parked on our lawn. But I will never forget how he started the day early with a song or a whistle as he dropped off papers and checked in on my Mom to make sure she was okay, the way he did for so many seniors living on their own in the the village. We were lucky to know him. My deepest sympathies to Mary, Lynn, Tom and the rest of the Fox clan.

  13. Pettit Family says:

    As with everyone else here we have never known a Bloomfield without “Johnny the Fox”. It’s going to take a lot of getting used to, and the place is lessened without him. When you interact with a guy almost every day, even if it’s just a “hello”, you miss it…even if it seems trivial at the time. I feel we almost need a statue dedicated to him…he WAS Bloomfield. Condolences to the Fox family, our thoughts are with you.

  14. Tish and John Castle says:

    Such a loss Bloomfield will never be the same, condolences to the Fox family.

  15. Lindsay fox says:

    Thanks everyone for the thoughts from the whole Fox family .

  16. Fred & Donna Cole says:

    I have known Johnny pretty much all my life and he was quite a guy. He was very helpful to so many people in our community and a real town clown bringing allot of laughs with his fun filled spirit. I for one will miss not seeing him riding by on his bike and bringing me our weekly papers. This was a very tragic event and has left our community reeling over his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with John as he enters a new journey. May the lord keep him and give him peace. Thought and prayers go out to the Fox family as well as the driver who must be devastated. Fred & Donna Cole… Bloomfield.

  17. One of the first people I met when I came to Bloomfield in 1969 Jonny instantly won a special place in my heart. I have many happy memories of his indomitable spirit as a young boy, a young man, and now the most recognized man in town. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing and will respect him by trying to emulate his passion for life. Sincere condolences to the whole family.

  18. The Parliaments says:

    Johnny was always in a good positive mood! He had a HUGE heart and would do anything to help you. We send our condolences to Mary and Tom as well as the rest of the Fox family. He will be greatly missed.

  19. Arlene Harten says:

    I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. I haven’t lived in the county for many years but each time I visited, the trip was never complete without seeing Johnny Fox, even if it was just at a distance. He was definitely a character. I’ve known him and the family for many years and know he will be missed by so many. I also know he will be greeted my many when he walks through the gates of Heaven. R.I.P. John.

  20. Sue Hierlihy says:

    Johnny was a daily visitor up our driveway and would always great me with a cheerful, “Hey pretty lady!” He hated the gargoyles in my garden, and grumbled that he didn’t see why I kept “those darn things.” He will truly be missed in our village. Sincere condolences to Mary, Tom and the rest of the Fox family.

  21. Emma Dobell & And Wunsch says:

    A Saturday in Bloomfield did not begin until Johnny came whistling through the door with the morning papers. He always brought a smile and an energy that will be sorely missed in the village and beyond.
    Thanks Johnny, and our condolences to Mary and the family.

  22. peta hall says:

    From the moment I moved to Bloomfield 20 years ago Johnny greeted me, came whistling down my drive with my paper, always willing to help and always with a story. I was so shocked to hear this news, Bloomfield just will not be the same without him. love and condolences to the fox family. peta in ghana

  23. Lynn Lewis (Olsen) says:

    Johnny was one of my best customers when I managed the Beckers (Mac’s) store in Bloomfield. We are certainly going to miss him at the Elk’s Bingo Hall on Tuesday nights. He could always say the darndest thing and have everyone in stitches. We are going to miss him very, very much. My deepest sympathies to the Fox family.

  24. Rose says:

    Johnny would always come in to my store and greet me with “Hello Angel” He said I reminded him of an angel and asked if he could continue calling me Angel, I did not object. Johnny will be missed. My most sincere and heartfelt sympathies to Mary and the Fox family.

  25. Marjorie says:

    As a former Bloomfield-ite I was sorry to hear this morning of the passing of Johnny. He cut our grass for many years and always had a happy outlook on life. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to Mary and family.

  26. KP says:

    Keeping Mary and the rest of the Fox family close to the heart, through thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Johnny, may you ride high in the sky.

  27. Our condolances to the Fox Family. Johnny was a cheery positve person who welcomed us into the community and who was always willing to lend a helping hand. We will miss him.

  28. Our condolences to Mary and family on the loss of her son Johnny. We will surely miss his happy greetings when he delivered our daily paper. RIP Johnny, we will miss you.

  29. Helen & Alle Wagenaar says:

    Our condolences to Mary and family on the loss of her son John. We will surely miss his happy face when he delivered our daily paper. Johnny was a very cheerful guy with a great sense of humor. RIP Johnny

  30. lauri maracle says:

    my condolences to the fox family ,he will be missed

  31. David Norman says:

    Last week I ran into John outside of Mac’s after purchasing a lottery ticket… he wished me good luck and said he hoped I would become the next lucky “millionaire” winner. I thanked him for his kind wishes and said I’d give him a “cut” if I did win… he replied that my offer wasn’t necessary as his life was already quite rich… I can see from these comments that that was the case. R.I.P. John Fox

  32. Gail De'Nyke says:

    My condolences to the Fox family. I have pleasant memories of “Johnny” who was a happy go lucky kind and funny fellow who made me laugh many times.

  33. Suzanne Schroedter says:

    Our Thoughts and prayers go to Mary and her family for the loss Of John who always had a smile and a cheerful greeting whenever he saw you. R.I.P. John we will miss you.

  34. kathy says:



  35. My condolences to the Fox family..

  36. I was thinking the other day what will Bloomfield do when Johnny Fox and Mary aren’t doing the papers anymore … a sad day for Bloomfield residents …take care Fox family…

  37. cathy hawley says:

    My condolences to the Fox family, from Jenny, Becky and Cathy [formerly Miller]. John was very good to us when we lived in Bloomfield, and always cheerful, and worked very hard. A good many people could live by his example of kindness, do-anything-for-you attitude, and friendship. There won’t be another like him to give Bloomfield that extra special brand of uniqueness. Rest in Peace, Friend.

  38. Loretta Salet says:

    Bloomfield won’t be the same with out our “Johnny”. He always had a cheery greeting, a wave or a smile for anyone. My deepest sympathies to the Fox family.

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