Director of research, whose market analysis informed policy-makers and whose love of life inspired his friends COURAGE: Roger Fox kept his humour throughout his illness
ROGER Fox, who died peacefully at his home in Dun Laoghaire on June 10 touched the lives, not only of his loving family, but of a wide circle of friends and associates. Throughout his life, Roger was recognised for his excellence, integrity and commitment, and all who knew him spoke of his courage, gentleness and love of life.
Roger was born in London, raised and educated in Ireland, and he received a First in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters from UCD. He had a deep social conscience and his working career was devoted to helping people improve their lives through training and employment.
He was Director of Planning and Research at Fas, an organisation he joined 35 years ago when it was known as Anco. Roger's tenure was characterised by the introduction of a number of innovative projects, which continue to provide valuable analysis of the labour market to economists and policy-makers.
In 1989, he entered into a joint venture with the Economic and Social Research Institute, which resulted in a series of detailed five-year forecasts of employment, the latest published just a few months before his untimely death.
Roger was also instrumental in the development of the National Skills Database. The innovative nature of this project was formally acknowledged in 2008 when it was awarded first place in the Business to Business section of the Public Sector National Innovation Awards.
He represented the organisation abroad and worked on assignments for the United Nations in both Afghanistan and Cyprus.
A keen sportsman, Roger played hockey for Pembroke and cricket for both Merrion Cricket Club and the Dalkey Archives. He captained his team at Merrion, winning the League and the Whelan Cup. One teammate commented that a 'little slice of heaven on Anglesea Road' will always fondly remember Roger.
In September 2008, Roger was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, an illness with no known cause and no known cure. Despite his diagnosis and his deteriorating health, Roger retained his sense of humour and immense courage, travelling with his beloved wife and children to Barcelona, Paris, the United States and India. He only retired from Fas this April.
Roger William Brady Fox was born September 1, 1948. He is survived by his wife Carol and two children Cormac and Julia; his mother Meriel, his brother Mark and sisters Caroline and Sarah.