This page is dedicated to the memory of Ted Fox

Ted Fox was, in essence, the father of the Teen Aviation of New Jersey Aircraft Build program.  Ted brought up the idea of getting together and building an airplane to a group of friends a few years ago.  We looked into the feasibility of doing so, and while we liked the idea, we realized that there was probably not enough interest within our group to follow through with the project.  However, through our research, we found that there were a number of organizations throughout the country that were teaching high school age students about aviation through aircraft build programs, and from that discussion Ted's proposal morphed into what became Teen Aviation of New Jersey.

Sadly, Ted passed away this past July.  He was loved and respected by all of us and he will be sorely missed. To learn more about Ted, please read his obituary is below.

Frederick S. "Ted" Fox III

Frederick S. Fox III ‘Ted’ died at the age of 86 on July 19, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Philadelphia to Frederick S. Fox Jr. and Frances Y. Fox Ted was a longtime resident of Cherry Hill. From a young age, Ted was a seeker. His curiosity had him asking questions at every turn. He asked so many questions that one day Ted’s uncle, trying to stop the questions, said; “Teddy, How high is up?”.

Ted grew up in Haddonfield with his siblings; Mary, Bill and Jane, with lots of pets and wonderful memories; some of the best ones surrounding the Christmas holidays. Early on he attended Haddonfield Friends School, Haddonfield Middle School and Haddonfield High School, graduating from the Peddie School in Hightstown NJ.

Ted received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut. Upon graduation, he returned to Haddonfield to begin his 35-year career in real estate at Fox & Lazo Inc.

He and his wife, Cathy raised Carey, Katy and John in Cherry Hill and spent summers in Ocean City. He loved to sail and shared that love with his family.

Always curious, when Ted heard of an interesting program at University of Pennsylvania, he applied, then at the age of 59 achieved a Masters of Science, Dynamics of Organization, from University of Pennsylvania.

As Ted retired and wanted to stay busy, he pursued a lifelong passion for flying earning his Private Pilot’s license at the age of 63. Ted flew all around the tri-state area and further - especially for a good sandwich.

In his retirement, Ted and Cathy were able to travel near and far some highlights being Peru, France, England, Ireland, and always California to visit the West Coast family. The special trips that are remembered are when Ted flew he and Cathy to Santa Fe to hear the Santa Fe Opera and traveling to the National Parks with his grandson, Zachary.

Ted always gave back to his community through volunteering on many boards within professional and church circles. Since 2001, Ted spent his time being of service to the community of South Camden through Sacred Heart Church. The community of Sacred Heart Church became his spiritual center as he served with the Monthly Food Sharing, Saturday dinners at Joe’s place, Clothes from the Heart and the Christmas Baskets.

Sharing his passion for flying with young people, Ted was instrumental in 2 programs; the Catholic School Partnership Aviation Class and Teen Aviation of NJ Aircraft Build Program. Within the program, teenagers are able to build and assemble an RV12iS 2 person flyable aircraft under the supervision of pilots, mechanics and engineers.

Ted leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years Cathy McFeeley Fox, his loving children; daughters Carey Fox and Katy Fox and son John Fox, daughter in law Carol DeVol and grandson Zachary, siblings, Beth McFeeley, Jane Fox, Sandy Fox and Chuck Zwally. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and family members.

February 5, 2022:  Ted Fox and John Ahrens putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  Work started on revovating our hangar at Flying W Airport when we moved in on January 1, 2022.  We spent five and a half months cleaning the up the hangar, painting the walls and floor, putting in a new suspended ceiling and interior lighting, putting a new exterior and interior on the sliding doors, and installing new entry doors.  Ted was always pitching in to help.

June 25, 2022: the renovated hangar ready for our grand opening later that day.  Besides having the initial idea that led to the establishment of TANJ, Ted supported and contributed to the Aircraft Build Program in many ways.  Most importantly though, Ted was a great mentor to our students.