Tribute to Marsh Fox planned for Saturday

Donations can be made to mental health fund in his honour

Darrell Cole
Published on July 9, 2014
A tribute to former town councilor and longtime mental health advocate Marsh Fox is planned for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

An outspoken supporter of mental health programs locally will he honoured on Saturday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

AMHERST – Friends and family are coming together Saturday to honour a man who was an outspoken supporter of mental health programs in Cumberland County.

A tribute to Marsh Fox is being held at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre from 2 to 4 p.m.

‘This is something the family wanted to do and something we wanted to do at the foundation,” Cumberland Health Care Foundation executive director Gwen Kerr said Wednesday. “The family wants to do something to remember him and they want to meet the people that meant so much to Marsh over the years.”

Fox died in February at age 80.

Kerr said the event is open to the public and there will be refreshments like punch and fruit and vegetable trays.

Fox was a successful businessman in the insurance industry and a strong contributor to his community through the United Way of Cumberland, the Amherst Rotary Club, the Amherst Golf Club, the SOAR Community Health Board and other organizations.

He played an active role in the health care foundation, especially with its Highland Classic golf tournament.

His efforts were recognized in 2004 with the foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.

“He’s lovingly remembered as a gregarious, happy grandfather who loved politics and a good joke,” Kerr said.

Fox battled illness throughout his life including polio, prostate cancer, a heart attack and a tumour on his spin. He also waged a very public campaign against depression following a mental health crisis while he was serving as Amherst’s deputy mayor in 1994.

The former executive with the Douglas Rogers Insurance Ltd. publicly spoke for increased support for mental health programs and ran on that platform when he offered for the Cumberland North Liberals.

Saturday’s tribute will include comments from close friend Terry Arthurs as well as David Wood from the Cumberland Health Care Foundation and Rev. David Myles, who along with Arthurs served with Fox on the Rotary Club.

Comments are also expected from a representative from Cumberland Mental Health as well as his son George Campbell.

“Some of Marsh’s family will be in Amherst from their homes out west and they would love to meet some of Marsh’s friends and colleagues,” Kerr said. “Anyone with an interest in our local mental health services may also be interested in attending.”

Donations will be accepted to the Cumberland Health Care Foundation’s Mental Health Fund in memory and honour of Fox. This fund will help strengthen mental health services in Cumberland County.

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