The community of reason has lost a great activist and leader over the weekend. Joe Fox worked and led various Humanist groups in the Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley area. He was a hands-on kind of guy and was one of the hardest workers I knew. The reports I have heard are that he probably died sometime on Friday and the cause of death is still unknown.
Joe was the person who recommended that I take over as head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason. He also was the main organizer of our annual Unity Picnic. This year, he had called me up and told me that he was busy organizing the Lehigh Valley picnic and asked if I could organize the PhillyCoR picnic. He told me that if I needed any help, that I should give him a call. Now, I am on my own. But more than that, the greater community of reason is on our own as well. Joe was such an active person and he touched so many people’s hearts, that it is hard to imagine our community without him. The July 29th Unity Picnic will seem empty without him and I hope to dedicate some time during the picnic for people to share their memories of Joe.
Joe was one of those people who was never too busy to ask you how you were doing and if you needed any help, and yet he was always busy working to make the world a better place. I never knew him to be argumentative or to debate religion with the religious, but as an organizer within the community of reason, there was no one better than Joe Fox.
He is gone, but definitely not forgotten. He will live on in our memories and in the great work he has done for our community and the world.