Donald Frederick Brox (Fred) in his 89th year passed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe August 24, 2022 surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife Audrey, of 70 years and his daughters, Gail Hall (late Gilbert), Nancy Rowell (Frank) and his son, Howard Brox (Tara).

“Papa / GG” will always be remembered and missed by his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly and enjoyed spending time with. He adored all the family dogs and spoiled them with treats, touches and new tricks.

Fred enjoyed a long career as a self-proclaimed “Agriculturalist”. His career spanned over six decades with General Foods, Hostess Foods & OPDI.

As Director of Farm Operations, Fred oversaw production for millions of acres of “spuds” that went into making the potato chips we all love & enjoy today. Fred’s knowledge was unrivalled in the potato industry where he became famous for knowing something about everything and everything about something.

Throughout his life, Fred upheld the Brox qualities of kindness, humour, hard work, intelligence, toughness, compassion and humility. He was an outstanding Lions Club member who amongst other distinctions, received the Melvin Jones Award from Lions International. Fred was an upright Brother of the Masonic Order with Kerr Lodge 230 (Barrie). He loved his community and was the best neighbour you could ever ask for or be pranked by.

The family would like to thank our “angels” at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, CCAC and everyone at Hospice Simcoe.


If you wish to make a donation in Fred’s name, the family would appreciate: Hospice Simcoe ( or

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15 Condolences
  • Paul Jenkins
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Reply

    Sincere condolences to the entire Brox family and many friends. Peace to you during this time.

  • Kevin Starr
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Reply

    On behalf of our entire Starr family we are deeply saddened as Fred and Audrey have been in our lives for 45 years. RIP Freddy you were and are a great man, father and friend. Love to the entire Brox family ❤️🙏

  • Ruth Keffer
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Reply

    My sincere sympathy to all the family.
    Ruth Keffer

  • Mary Rose Swan
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Reply

    Audrey, Gail and the family, lts been years, but l always remember what a great man Fred was…hugs to you all.

  • Anne Bell
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Reply

    My sincere condolences Audrey and Family. Fred was a wonderful Man and fellow Lions member.
    Virtual hugs 🙏

  • BARBARA Ennis
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Reply

    Sending condolences to Audrey and family. Fred left positive footprints wherever he went. He will never be forgotten.
    Sending hugs.

  • Blaine and Erica Angus
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Reply

    Fred was an amazing man with an amazing smile and a twinkle in his eye. Our deepest condolences to the whole family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • The Beattie Family
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Reply

    Our Father, Ron Beattie and Fred did business many years ago when Fred was with Hostess Foods. Fred bought potatoes from our family for many years. He was a great person to do business with. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
    Our sympathies are with his whole family at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeanette Brox
    Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2022 Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family of this dear soul.

  • Barbara Roueff
    Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2022 Reply

    So sorry for your loss.
    I only knew Fred for a short time when I was a Lions club member but he was always friendly and kind !

  • Marshall and Darlene Lesperance
    Posted on: Friday, September 9, 2022 Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to Audrey, Nancy, Gail, Howard and family. Fred was a wonderful person and a great friend. He will be sadly missed.

  • Oliver Wilhelm Brox
    Posted on: Sunday, September 11, 2022 Reply

    Dear Audrey, Gail, Nancy and Howard.
    The German Brox family is telling you their deepest sympathy and expresses their heartfelt condolences.
    We are glad that we got to know Fred and will remember him as a likeable, nice and friendly person.
    We wish you all the comfort and strength you need to get through your hard time of grief.
    We will keep Fred and you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely from the German Broxes.

  • Brenda and Jack Braybrook
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Reply

    Mr. Brox was a neighbor, an extended family member. Our families spent many years bonding.
    Memories never to be forgotten. We will always cherish and are blessed to have had many great times. Mr. Brox and my dad are reunited. Look out ! ❤. Stay close and always cherish your family.

  • Marjorie Paterson
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Reply

    A wonderful neighbour across the street a long time ago
    Although I had not seen Fred for a while, our last visit was in the waiting room for blood work. Fred was his usual kind self
    A wonderful father and friend

  • Wayne Hawke
    Posted on: Sunday, September 18, 2022 Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Fred during his time at Hostess and ODPI. A straight up person to do business with who became a good friend and mentor in my young career. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him. R.I.P. Fred

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