Photo: Terry Fox Foundation
Rolland “Rolly” Fox, father of the late Terry Fox, died today after a short battle with cancer 36 years after his son’s epic journey across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
The Fox family had announced in January that the longtime Port Coquitlam resident had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
A statement posted on the Terry Fox Foundation website today reads:
“Our Dad and Grandpa is no longer telling jokes. Rolland Murray Fox died late afternoon on March 8th while listening to a little Hank Williams.”
The statement said Rolly had fulfilled his promise to Terry facing cancer with courage, grace and plenty of humour and that he thanked everyone, every time as they left the room after caring for him and each and every family member and friend after a visit.
“Our promise to Dad is to try our very best to focus on the many memories of laughter he gifted us the last few weeks and throughout our lives. His room was always overflowing with family, love, laughter, song and story – does life offer anything better?”
It said the family has once again witnessed the pain cancer causes but know they are not alone.
“We now have your journey, together with Terry’s, to offer us inspiration and hope from this day forward, forever more.”
In a statement tonight, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said “B.C., Canada, and the world have lost a dedicated, resolute pillar in the fight against cancer in Rolly Fox.”
“And while the entire province mourns his loss, tonight my thoughts and prayers are with Rolly’s friends and family.”
Rolly Fox was predeceased by son Terry in 1981 and by wife Betty in 2011.
He was 80 years old.