Page County’s longtime building inspector passes away

Page News and Courier

LURAY, Aug. 18 — Kenneth Fox, long-time Page County Building Inspector, passed away last week at the age of 61.

"It will be a hard to replace Kenny," said Johnny Woodward, Board of Supervisors Chairman. "I don't know if we ever fully can."

According to the Page County government website, a building permit is required for any new construction and additions, remodeling, demolition, swimming pools, commercial buildings, electrical upgrades, changeovers, or repairs.

Anybody needing any of those over the last 15 years would need to meet with Fox. He would look at the proposed site and determine if the request was allowed in the town code.

"He did good for the county," Woodward said. "He tried to make the code work, but he also worked with the builders. He brought a lot of common sense to the job."

Woodward emphasized the respect that Fox had from not only the community, but from those who worked closely with him.

Amity Moler, County Administrator, said she was shocked when she received the news on Thursday night, as he had been in her office earlier that day.

"He was a friend to everybody," Moler said. "He was such a jokester — depending on who you talk to, everybody has a story about him."

Moler appreciated Fox's laid back outlook on life.

"He just wanted everybody to take their time," Moler said. "Take your time to notice and enjoy things."

Fox's funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.

"It was a wonderful ceremony," Woodward said. "There was a very nice representation from the county. It just shows how everybody in the county is like one big family."

Woodward noted that Michelle Somers, the zoning administrator, and Ronald Shank, the other building inspector, are working hard to ensure that things run smoothly until a new inspector can be found.

"We will be reaching out to neighboring counties for help if we need it," Woodward said. "Building inspectors in other counties have reached out to offer condolences."

Friends and family left online condolences through a guestbook.

"I appreciated the help Kenny gave me," said Chris Meadows. "He was a great guy and that has been the sentiment from everyone I have talked to."

Martha Sadlick, from Houston, Texas, sent her thoughts and prayers to Fox's family.

"Kenny was a kind, big-hearted person, always eager to help," Sadlick said. "Hopefully in between being everyone's guardian angel he will have time to find peace, joy and a little gold."

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