Richard “Dick” Fox has in recent years been a familiar figure in his role as a starter and course marshal at Stoke-by-Nayland and Hintlesham golf clubs.
The son of a Long Melford junior school head master, he was a talented goalkeeper, and spent two years on the books of Charlton Athletic. He was already singing semi-professionally and acting in local drama, when he became entertainments manager at the Warners Holiday Camp, Dovercourt,
The hit television series Hi-de-Hi was filmed at the site, and the character of Mr Fox was based on the local entertainer.
He sang with Sixties group The Tremeloes, before accepting an offer to work at a Warners hotel in Mallorca in 1974.
On and off he spent 30 years in Spain, including nine years as resident compare at the Pirates Adventure Show, the island’s number one nightly show.
He worked in numerous countries, including compering shows at clubs in Madrid.
During the 1982 World Cup in Spain he was a public relations assistant and interpreter for players including Eusebio.
In 1985 he returned to England, and had a spell managing a night club in Sudbury. He also staged charity shows at the Quay Theatre, carried out after dinner speaking and gave talks on the history of Melford.
He leaves his wife of 30 years Gill, two step-children and two step-grandchildren. He also leaves two children and three grandchildren from an earlier marriage.
His funeral is at West Suffolk Crematorium at 2.15pm on March 29.