A memorial service will be held Sunday for veteran comedy writer Fred S. Fox of Encino, who worked for legends like Bob Hope, George Burns and Lucille Ball during his 50-year career. Fox died Oct. 23 of pneumonia. He was 90. A native of St. Louis, Mo., and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Fox began working in 1939 as a writer-producer for radio stations in San Francisco. He worked for the Office of War Information at the start of World War II, then moved to Los Angeles in 1943, where he launched his career as a comedy writer. He joined Hope’s staff a year later, beginning a business relationship and friendship that spanned decades. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In 1946, Bob and Delores Hope even offered Fox and his bride, Mercedes Bigue, the use of their Palm Springs home after the comedian made his writer work during his honeymoon. His television writing credits included “The Garry Moore Show,” “The Red Skelton Hour,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” and “Here’s Lucy” and “The Lucy Show.” He received a Writer’s Guild Award for “The George Burns Comedy House” and co-wrote the movie “Oh God, Part II.” Survivors include his twin children, Jan Fox and Fred Jr.; a granddaughter, Francesca; and a brother, Henry Fox. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Writer’s Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s charity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!