Biography John T. Foxell

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Biography John T. Foxell

Submitted: January 11, 2018

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John T. Foxell

Birth: May 25, 1944 Albany, Albany County, New York, USA

Death: Dec. 4, 2016 Port Richmond, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA

John Foxell, of 29 Cottage Place, Staten Island, New York 10302 in the Port Richmond neighborhood, died 4 December 2016 age 72 at the Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310.

Father: Joseph Foxell, Sr. (?-?)

Mother: Florence Foxell née Carey (?-?)

Born in Albany, raised in Troy, moved to Staten Island in 1952. Schooled in Sacred Heart and Augustinian Academy (Tompkinsville; closed 1969) Graduated from NYU on a Regents scolarship. Returned to Staten Island in 1981 after traveling the country and dodging the draft in Canada despite his holding 4F status.

Retired 2005 from his job as an "administrative assistant" in New York City Child Protective Services, Manhattan Family Court.

Perhaps more remarkable than the man was his house: the original saltbox small home, the Abraham L. Merrill House, measuring 1,122 square feet, was built c. 1848. It was once a stagecoach stop on the New York to Philadelphia run. Its Greek Revival and Craftsman details made it one of the North Shore's few surviving saltboxes.

Foxell restored it and crammed it with junk, including a shrine of sorts to Dorothy Tobey aka Dorothy May Day aka Dorothy Day (1897-1980), a divorcée, anarchist, socialist, tax evader, fan of Angela Davis (1944-), Fidel Castro (1926-2016), Daniel Joseph Berrigan, S.J. (1921-2016), Philip Francis Berrigan, S.S.J. (1923-2002), Daniel Ellsberg (1931-), Jane Fonda (1937-), alcoholic and draft dodger John Foxell (1944-2016) who encouraged him to flee to Canada, Edward Michael Harrington, Jr. (1928-1989), H? Chí Minh ??? (1890-1969), Jim Jones (1931-1978) and the People's Temple, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin ????? ??????? (1878-1953), etc. etc. who had a string of affairs and at least one abortion (urged by woman-beater Lionel Calhoun Moise (1888-1952). She founded the Communist-inspired Catholic Worker Movement (CWM).

The house was declared a city landmark in 2011.

Foxell was a poet and fiction writer, who also enjoyed reading poetry and literature. He was a member of a writers' group the "Nobelists" (others: Albert Balossi, George Hopkins, Evelyn Palomba, Jean Roland) that meets at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island (12 Fillmore Street, Staten Island, New York 10301), and he took poetry-writing classes at the Jewish Community Center-Bernikow (1466 Manor Road, Staten Island, New York 10314).

Foxell was the subject of a 2016 documentary film, "Beware of God".

Among his prized possessions were tickets from the Woodstock Festival, where his job was to distribute hollowed out lemons filled with cottage cheese, sugar, and LSD.

He is survived by a twin brother, Joseph W. Foxell Jr., 421 Tanner Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540-9488 Adjunct Assistant Professor, History Department, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314 and his girlfriend, Carolyn Clark.

The funeral was Saturday 10 December 2016 at 11:30am, from the Harmon Home for Funerals, 571 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310 in the West Brighton area.

Inhumed in Fairview Cemetery, 1852 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314 in Silver Lake.

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Castleton Corners, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA


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