Donald (Don) James Knox, age 77, passed away peacefully in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 5, 2021. Don was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 11, 1943 to the late Genevieve and James Knox. Don was loved and cared for by his wife, Janet Marie (Meagher) Knox with whom he was blessed with 53 years of marriage and two children, Patricia Ann and Donald Thomas. The family grew to include the spouses of Patti and Tom - Scott Roth and Kathleen (Corsetto) Knox. Don and Janet together have six grandchildren - Carson, Madison, Kelley, Taryn, Catherine and Kellan. Don is also survived by his sister Bernadine (Knox) Smith, her husband, Patrick Smith, and their children.
Don was always very driven and successful in his educational and business pursuits. He was a member of the second graduating class of Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Illinois. He went on to attend college at Illinois Institute of Technology and graduated from Loyola with a MBA in 1971. Don was a “lifer” at IBM and retired after over 32 years of service in personnel management. His family was shaped by their experiences of the many transfers and promotions - having lived in Illinois, Connecticut, California, Washington, New Jersey and North Carolina.
Outside of work, Don was best known for his passion for cars. He was the inspiration behind Tom’s involvement in motorsports and could personally restore and detail a car into a prize-winning possession. Don was often seen at the track alongside Tom and the race team and competed personally in numerous car shows and events - capturing national recognition for his 1970 Chevrolet Nova.
Any tears during his illness with Alzheimer’s Disease could be overshadowed by Don’s antics and jokes. He was never at a loss for something funny to say or a wink and mischievous twinkle in his eye. He was never without his loving wife, Janet who he affectionately referred to as “Hun.”
In his final days, Don fought to maintain his sense of humor, particularly with his grandchildren, and lit up at the growl of the engine of his collector vehicles.
While his memory was impaired by a disabling disease - Don will not be forgotten by those who loved him dearly and knew him as a husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Services are being planned privately by the Knox family.
Online condolences and memories may be shared online at www.kepnerfh.com.