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Thomas C. Fox, salesman, organized youth athletics Dec. 21, 1945 -- Sept. 3, 2009

Thomas C. Fox, of Clarence, an organizer of youth athletic programs in the towns of Tonawanda and Clarence, and a career salesman, died unexpectedly Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 63.

Raised in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo, Mr. Fox's family operated Fox's Grill on Ontario Street. He was a graduate of All Saints and Riverside High schools and studied at Phoenix (Ariz.) Community College.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Fox began selling industrial electrical equipment for L.A. Woolley Electrical and earned several sales awards throughout his career. He was still working with the company at the time of his death.

Mr. Fox and his wife of 36 years, the former Karen Frederick, started their family in the Parkview neighborhood of the Town of Tonawanda and were active in the Parkview Community Club, for which Mr. Fox served as president.

A sports fan, Mr. Fox helped establish many youth baseball and softball teams in the Parkview community. He also was active in the Belmont YMCA and Ken-Ton Cobras Swim Team.

When he moved to Clarence, he founded the girls softball program for the Town of Clarence and was active in his son's travel soccer league for almost 10 years.

He received honors for his efforts in promoting youth sports in both Parkview and Clarence.

Mr. Fox was a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

An avid golfer, he served as president of Parkview Community Golf Association for almost a decade.

Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Thomas Jr. and Michael; a daughter, Amy Selig; a brother, Jack; and a sister, Kathleen Fedele.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

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