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Stephen C. Fox, teacher, linguist, bagpiper April 24, 1947 -- Aug. 29, 2005

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Holloway Memorial Chapel, Point Abino, Ont., for Stephen C. Fox, a member of a prominent Buffalo family who was a teacher, a linguist and an accomplished bagpiper.

A Montclair, N.J., resident with eclectic talents, Mr. Fox died Aug. 29 in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 58. Before his death, he had been staying at his family's summer home in Bay Beach, Ont.

A sixth-generation Buffalonian whose family here dates back to 1817, Mr. Fox served as a volunteer researcher for the Buffalo Fire Historical Society and the Fort Erie Museum at the time of his death.

Mr. Fox, son of the late Austin M. and Jean Fox, grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Nichols School in 1966 and Union College. He later earned a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona, where he learned Mandarin Chinese.

He also graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he became fluent in Korean. After serving with the U.S. Army in South Korea, he lived there and later served as a consultant to some Korean companies.

As a bagpiper, Mr. Fox played at weddings, parties and funerals. He also performed in three New York City Opera productions of "Brigadoon."

He entertained family and friends with his bagpipes at summer gatherings at Bay Beach. Douglas Turner, the former Courier-Express editor, remembered Mr. Fox's playing a dirge for his sister Sarah's former Courier-Express colleagues when the newspaper closed in 1982.

"Just in the last few months, his bagpiping engagements had ranged from performing at a Korean choral concert at Carnegie Hall to playing for the guests at a Hasidic wedding in the Bronx," his sister said.

At the time of his death, Mr. Fox taught English as a second language at Rutgers University.

Surviving are three sisters, Susan F. Priebe of Buffalo,Sarah M. of Bethesda, Md., and Cynthia F. Youngman of Albany.


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