Rest in peace Philip Morris: DFNI designer and creator of Florida Fox

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

The Moodie Blog is deeply saddened to report on the passing away of Philip Morris, long-time design and layout manager at Duty-Free News International and along with his wife Jeanette a valued contributor to the early success of The Moodie Report.

Philip was a lovely, gentle man with a uniquely creative and free spirit. Work was just one component of his rich life and he saw it as something to be enjoyed not tolerated. He worked closely with me during my time at DFNI and together (he as artist, me as writer) we came up with the popular comic character Florida Fox (below), whose exploits filled the Duty Free News Orlando exhibition daily for several years and whose travails were much loved by former IAADFS President David Bernstein.

He also produced a superb retro-style board game called The Great TFWE Survival Test which DFNI produced in 1998 to help raise funds for the campaign to preserve intra-EU duty free beyond 1999.

Phil was a genial, quiet man, one of the unsung heroes in the remarkable DFNI success story of the 1990s, and in his own way as core to that success as were many of the high-profile individuals publicly associated with the title. May he rest in peace. 

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