Patricia A. Fox died peacefully in her home that she loved, surrounded by her wife and family on July 4, 2015 in Provincetown, MA.
Born June 5, 1957 in Schenectady, NY, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Shirley Fox. Educated at Glens Falls High School, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1979 with a degree in Mathematics. Pat married the love of her life, Jan Bettencourt, in 2004. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Provincetown.
After a successful career working in healthcare IT at IDX, General Electric, and athenahealth, she followed a passion for protecting the environment and became the Director of Credentialing Development at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. She served as a member of the working groups for IREC standards development efforts, and was part the team working with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), developing and managing the ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program. Pat was a co-founder of the Waltham Energy Action Committee for the City of Waltham, Massachusetts. She published articles and spoke nationally on credentialing of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Pat had a gift for bringing people together. Her humor and generosity created a special community of family and friends that shared great times together in Pat and Jan’s Provincetown home as well as on many travel adventures. Pat was a life-long sailor and she taught at Martha’s Vineyard Sailing Camp and spent a semester at Mystic Seaport. She was always happy in, on, or near the ocean.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, Pat is survived by her wife, Jan Bettencourt Fox; brother Dean and wife Queenell of Tallahassee, Florida, sister Leslie Sheridan of Port Ludlow, Washington and her children Lindsay and Rachel of Washington state, sister-in-law Suzanne Scott and her husband Denton and their children Monique Sanders and Aimee Serra, all of Birmingham, Alabama, and son Beau Scott of Santa Cruz, California, the Carr family, as well as her community of friends. Pat is preceded in death by her father Joseph Fox and stepmother Nancy Carr Fox of Venice, Florida, and mother Shirley Fox, of Glens Falls, New York.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held in the fall of 2015 in Provincetown.
If desired, donations in Pat’s name may be made to HopeHealth Hospice, 765 Attucks Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601 [www.hopehealthco.org] or the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, P.O. Box 236, South Wellfleet, MA 02663.
The family would like to thank Pat’s physicians and caregivers at Fenway Health, Beth-Israel-Deaconess Medical Center’s Oncology Department, and HopeHealth Hospice for their kindness and care.