City Market Dedicates Bell to Memory of Dear Friend
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. the opening of the City Market Downtown is signalled by the traditional ringing of the big bell. On August 11th, with heavy hearts, friends gathered to hear Dieter Kuhlmann, Chair of the EDFMA Board, dedicate this perpetual symbol of our market to the memory of our dear friend, Kevin Fox, who passed away in the spring.
Kevin served the City Market as Crew Chief, arriving by 6:00 a.m. every Saturday morning ready to prepare 104th Street for the market day – clearing garbage and debris; setting up barricades, tables and tents; and helping vendors unload their vehicles and set up their stalls. He would then stay for the next 10 hours keeping the street safe, the children smiling and the atmosphere of our market friendly. Losing him so suddenly was a shock to us all.
But now there remains a lasting reminder of Kevin and the special contributions he made to the City Market Downtown. The bell has been a fixture for many years, and now, whenever that bell rings every Saturday morning on 104th Street, he lives on. The inscription on the stand is taken from an excerpt of an E.E. Cummings poem and reads, “I who have died am living again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings; and of the gay great happening illimitably earth.”
Patty Milligan, Kevin’s partner, and their son Rory Fox, made a special trip down that morning to open the market and help us all get a little closure. Thanks for the memories, Kevin. We miss you.