Corvette enthusiast ‘always had a smile’

BY TED POTTS
The Tribune-Democrat
Johnstown, PA
Published: March 18, 2009 11:27 pm

Allen B. “AB” Fox, who family and friends said was always smiling and joking, died March 9.

He was 65 and resided in Stonycreek Township.

“He said AB stood for Always Broke, Always Busy,” said his wife, Eleanor (Voytko) Davis-Fox.

“He always had a smile on his face and he always had a joke,” she said. “He was one of a kind.”

Mr. Fox was an active member of the Flood City Corvette Club. He was coordinator of the club’s annual cruise-in held for the past two years at Jenners-town Speedway. It had been held at John Murtha Johns-town-Cambria County Airport in Richland Township but was moved due to construction there.

The cruise-in is open to antique vehicles, classics, motorcycles, trucks, street rods and special-interest vehicles.

Mr. Fox told The Tribune-Democrat prior to the July cruise-in that much of its proceeds go to charity.

He was proud that the club has donated more than $10,000 to various organizations, among which have been the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Special Olympics, Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation and Women’s Help Center.

It’s not necessary to own a Corvette to be a club member, he said, but members must have a genuine interest in those cars.

Mr. Fox owned two Corvettes, a 1972 and a 2000 model, his wife said.

He was always suggesting ways the club could raise funds.

“Whenever the club had an activity, he was there,” his wife said.

Mr. Fox also belonged to the newly organized Laurel Mountain Vette Club of Johnstown.

And he was a model train enthusiast.

His wife said he had a model-train village in their home’s basement year-round. It included a Pittsburgh Steelers train, she said, noting AB was a fan of the Steelers and Penn State.

Mr. Fox retired from Penelec after more than 30 years of service. Before retirement, he was a supervisor at the Homer City Generating Station. He was employed part-time at Camco in the Ebensburg Industrial Park.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a mechanic on Super Sabre jets.

Mr. Fox was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Geistown, where a funeral Mass was held Saturday. He was laid to rest in SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Windber.

Dee Fisher, who knew the couple through the Flood City car club, presented a tribute to Mr. Fox at the funeral.

She spoke of his love for his wife, saying their love for each other grew stronger each day.

She described Mr. Fox as intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, kind, considerate and a natural leader.

“We should all be thankful that we were given the privilege and honor to have known Allen Fox,” Ms. Fisher said.

In addition to his wife, survivors include children Elizabeth (Fox) Harabaugh of Pittsburgh; Douglas Fox and wife, Carolyn, of Blairsville; and James Fox and wife, Lea, of Indiana; and stepchildren Keith Allen Davis and wife, Tracy, of Windber; Christopher Davis and wife, Antoinette, of Nescopeck, and Kelly (Davis), wife of Kevin Flatley, of Middleburg, both in Luzerne County; and 15 grandchildren.