A Mass of Christian burial for Philip A. Fox, a city jewelry designer for 35 years, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. today at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.
Mr. Fox, 70, of 6624 Harford Road, died suddenly Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Loyola High School and was the sole proprietor of Silver Fox Handcrafters Inc., a jewelry design store.
During World War II he served as a diver in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Silver Star.
Mr. Fox was believed to be the first underwater welder in the Navy, according to his grandson, Frank P. Rittershofer. Mr. Fox learned thewelding skills that would lead to a lifelong career in metalwork while an underwater demolition expert in the Philippines during the war, he said.
Mr. Fox was president of Far Horizons Inc., a jewelry and real estate business on Harford Road, for 35 years. He was a member of the Quiet Birds Pilots Association, a World War II aircraft flying club.
Surviving are his mother, Mary M. Brown of Baltimore; his longtime companions, Mary Katherine Amberg and her son, Taylor Eugene Amberg; a daughter, Victoria DeJuliis; a son, Dennis Lawrence Fox; four grandchildren, Frank Philip Rittershofer, Dennis D. Rittershofer, Scarletta Loraine Scarfi and Philis Nicole Scarfi; and three great-grandchildren, all of Baltimore.