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“Oh! My Papa”*

June 16, 2019

Happy Fathers Day

On this Fathers Day, I wish to honor my Father (obm) and re-post this piece I put out once before

Sam Fox, My Father, A Holocaust Survivor

1924 – 2015

I wish to share with you some of the many lessons I was privileged to learn from my Father.  May these lessons inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

When asked by my Brother, “What is the secret to a successful and happy life?”, despite having experienced the Holocaust, in which he lost his parents and five siblings….despite then sitting in a wheelchair because of a paralyzing stroke….. despite that his wife, my Mother, was dying in the other room…..He said

“In life some people have it easy and make it hard and some people have it hard and make it easy” 

The value of charity

“When I first came to America I had nothing, yet I always gave to charity. When I did, it always made me feel rich.” – from an acceptance speech upon receiving an award 

The value of the pursuit of good

“The pursuit of the good is the noblest of character builders and one of the sources of true gratification”.  There are other things in life besides self-interest.  Personal involvement in others challenges, in community affairs are the greatest sources of personal achievement and success.  Too many people refuse to understand what it means to be involved and to help others.  They are truly missing something.  There is nothing as gratifying and self-fulfilling as helping others.  Why don’t you try it?  If you do, I can assure you that you will arrive at a similar conclusion.  Try it, you will like it”. – from another acceptance speech upon receiving an award 

These were just some of his words.  The valuable lessons learned by all who had the privilege of knowing him, came from watching him turn those words into deeds.

*Listen to Eddie Fisher’s beautiful song

 

Be Good Do Good Think Good

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Joy permalink
    June 18, 2019 5:24 am

    You were so lucky to have him as your father!

  2. Catherine permalink
    June 17, 2019 9:04 pm

    That was beautiful Fred.

  3. Marilyn permalink
    June 17, 2019 11:49 am

    Fred…what a wise man your father was and his words are ones I hope to always live by.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 17, 2019 3:29 pm

      Thank you and i certainly agree

  4. Gunilla permalink
    June 16, 2019 12:50 pm

    Inspiring words and song. Thank you ! happy Father’s Day !

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 16, 2019 2:31 pm

      thank you and Thank you Gunilla

  5. Beni permalink
    June 16, 2019 9:28 am

    Happy father day wishes to my good friend.

    Love the Eddie Fisher rendition.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 16, 2019 9:33 am

      Thank You Beni and to you as well

  6. June 16, 2019 9:04 am

    Happy Father’s Day Fred

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 16, 2019 9:34 am

      Thank you Bob it’s been a long time

  7. Helen permalink
    June 16, 2019 8:59 am

    So Beautiful as always

  8. Bruce permalink
    June 16, 2019 8:56 am

    Thank you, Fred – such as we all would do well to more emulate your Dad.

    Happy Father’s Day, my friend.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 16, 2019 9:07 am

      Thank you and to you as well

  9. Matt K. permalink
    June 16, 2019 8:49 am

    And, my father knew Eddie Fisher as a friend and musical arranger for his NBC TV show early 1950s. And, I knew your father Sam Fox growing up with you in Bayside NY. A Wonderful Life.

  10. jocko permalink
    June 16, 2019 7:41 am

    Beautiful. Inspiring. Well done, Mr. Fox.

  11. Jeff permalink
    June 16, 2019 7:17 am

    Very true words. This song brings back memories of the innocent days, we’ll said

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