Vincent FoxName: Vincent Fox
Date of Death: February 7, 2014
Age at death: 92
Vincent A. Fox, age 92, son of Charles Samuel and Zelma Fox, born in Vienna, West Virginia on December 22, 1921 and passed away peacefully February 7, 2014 at Tidewell Hospice House in Bradenton with family and friends by his side. Vince attended the Vienna United Brethren Church where he became acquainted with a “cute, little, toe-headed girl” by the name of Jane Marie Uhl, who was in elementary school. By the time Jane was a senior in high school, they began dating and she became the love of his life. Their first date was April 30, 1940 and they went to the Roller Skating Dome. Vincent entered the U.S. Navy on July 13, 1942, stationed aboard the cruiser USS Montpelier. Vincent just returned for 21 days of leave from 21 months active service with the Navy in the South Pacific theatre of operations. He and Jane were married on September 14, 1944. They went by train to their honeymoon in Cincinnati OH and dined on “bologna sandwiches”.
They hadn’t made a hotel reservation, so when they reached Cincinnati they found there were no rooms available because of a convention. After searching for 2 hours, they found a vacancy at the Avondale Hotel about 10 miles south of town. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in September. After the war, Vincent worked for many years at Universal Glass Plant in Vienna WV. In 1965, Vince and Jane moved to family to Bradenton, Florida and worked at Industrial Glass Plant as a supervisor until his retirement in 1983. He and Jane travelled to Adrian, GA and fell in love with the countryside. They built a home and Vin became a farmer. When in Florida, you could find him on the Green Bridge fishing for snook. His family referred to him as “Snookie” and the “Snook Meister".
Vince loved woodworking and following his favorite football teams, Manatee High School and Florida State University. He was a member of the Manatee United Methodist Church, where he sang on the choir and served on the many committees, including the 150th celebration of the church. He loved his neighbors and enjoyed being the “sidewalk supervisor” on many projects. Vince is survived by his beloved Jane and daughter Sherry (John) Briggs, grandchildren; Nikki (Mark) Salwen of Vienna, Virginia and Danielle (Russell) Liebowitz of Tampa. He is also survived by great grandchildren Will and Caroline Salwen on Vienna, Virginia, Chloe and Gwyneth Liebowitz of Tampa and numerous nieces, nephews and caregivers Tammy Schneeberger and Linda Elopre. Vince is preceded in death by his parents as well as his son, Tom, brothers; Charlie, Hayes and Ernest Fox and sisters; Dorothy Stewart, Margie Hanger and Virginia Higgins.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Shannon Funeral Home, 5610 Manatee Ave Bradenton Fl. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota Fl 34238. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.