William Granger Fox
1970 - 2017
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William Granger "Bill" Fox, 46, of Huntersville passed away on August 31, 2017. He was born on December 22, 1970 in Liverpool, NY.

Bill graduated from St. Bonaventure University and, growing up in New York state, was an avid fan of the Syracuse University Orangemen and the Buffalo Bills. He had been an avid tennis player and loved to watch tennis. He was a Regional Vice President for Principal Financial Group where he was a disability specialist for many years. He was truly passionate about his career. He grew up spending summers on Canandaigua Lake and his family trips there in the summers were the highlight of his year. It was truly his "happy place". Bill had a very tight knit group of friends from his childhood with whom he shared a love of Van Halen and shared many inside jokes. He was also a huge Neil Diamond fan. Bill was a doting husband and loving father and was happiest spending time with his children. He was known as the "Jim Boeheim" of his son's basketball league, pacing the sidelines and coaching from the bench.

He is survived by his wife Abbey; daughters, Lauren and Megan; sons, Charles and Thomas; mother, Janis Green Barnes; father, James Fox (Linda); grandmother, Elsie K Green; siblings, Carolyn Fox Gutzmer, Jim Fox and Katie Fox; nieces, Carlie and Tori Gutzmer. He is united in his death with his late grandfather, Granger E. Green, who was his best friend and his hero.

Memorials may be made to Cookies for Kids' Cancer - http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org/

A visitation will be held at James Funeral Home from 5-7 PM Thursday, September 7. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of James Funeral Home at 11 AM Friday, September 8. Deacon Louis Pais will officiate. Please feel free to wear any Syracuse gear or orange and blue to the visitation.

James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Sep. 3, 2017.
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August 27, 2020
Hi Abbey and Fox Kids!
I often think of you guys. I hope you are doing well and staying COVID Free. I still miss seeing Bill in my work! But his convictions still help me. He was a mentor to help me gently nudge / encourage clients to do the right thing by purchasing the right amount of disability income protection. I am taking a DIA class that Bill took to sharpen my skills.

Let me and my staff know how you are doing and where the kids are going to school. One of them was thinking about going to NC State at one time. Go Pack! You are in my prayers and thoughts. Bob Land, LUTCF, CLTC
Bob Land
August 27, 2019
Dear Fox family,
I think of you guys often. Especially when your Orange team beats my Wolfpack. I know you are happy and sense that Bill is smiling when that happens too. I've thought of of a way we both can be happy! Syracuse and NC State can both beat UNC in football this year! Joint happiness!!!

I still miss Bill and jointly serving our disability income clients together. I am the better man for having known him. God's best to all of you guys! Bob Land, and staff - Rhonda Starkey and Ryan Brown - Landmark Financial Services, LLC
Bob land
September 10, 2017
Abbey and Children of Bill Fox,
I was so very sad to hear of Bills' passing. Your hearts are hurting I'm sure.
Bill was a Friend to me, and we worked together for some time while I was at Principal, then afterwards we kept in touch. He truly loved his family and believed in what he "preached" about in his career.
I'm sending you our love and prayers for healing and loving memories.
Most sincerely,
Cheryl Thompson
Cheryl Thompson
September 7, 2017
I can not begin to say how sad I was to hear the news of Bill's passing. He was much more than a brokerage rep to me, he was a true friend. Early in his career he would spend time in my office in between meetings, occasionally catching a nap on my couch. Walking into my office and seeing him snoozing always made me laugh. He went to many Charlotte Hornets games with me over the years, times I will cherish. I was never as honored as when he invited me to your wedding, a beautiful ceremony that showed his love for you. I could tell his love of family when he updated me on your children. God Bless.
Allen Fields
September 7, 2017
I was deeply saddened today to learn of Bill's untimely passing. As you may know, I think I have known Bill since before you two started dating. He has been a kind and passionate mentor to me from a business perspective for virtually my entire insurance career. Yet, I have always considered him much more than a knowledgeable broker's representative. He has been a true friend. His eyes always
lit up and his pride over-flowed when he talked about you and his children. May God bless and comfort you and your family.
Scott Stewart
September 6, 2017
Dear Fox Family,
I am so very sorry for this shocking loss you are experiencing. Bill was a great man who had an undeniable passion for his family and his work. He taught me so much about the disability marketplace. Our personal backgrounds gave me and Bill a unique connection. In addition to our Buffalo connection, our moms both faced a disability when we were kids. On more than one occasion, we shared our individual life stories with other insurance professionals. Bill was my kindred spirit. He did so much to positively impact the lives of so many. He will be missed.
Heath Prior
September 6, 2017
Abbey, I was so sorry to learn of the terrible news. Know that many, many people are lifting you up in prayer. The other posts on here make it clear that he was an amazing husband, father, boss, and friend. I will continue to pray for you and the kids, mostly that you may feel His presence all around you.
Cristen Bevilacqua
September 6, 2017
Dear Fox family,
I am blindsided and saddened by the loss of my insurance buddy and friend Bill.
I am thinking of and praying for all of you. He spoke often about his family! I have had so many wonderful times with Bill as one of his fortunate disability protection advisors. We have had meals together, co-sponsored events, gone to ball games, tag-teamed over disability PowerPoint presentations, spoken almost weekly on the phone, and met with clients and centers of influence together. He kept a complicated product simple and made my life wonderful. He lit my conviction fire for disability protection each time we spoke.

Even when his Orange school would beat my State Wolfpack in sports, he was kind about it. (Much nicer than my UNC friends).

I cannot tell you how indebted I am to Bill for positively impacting my career and life. We had fun together and talked a lot about our families, coaching kids, and trying to be good dads. What a great work buddy and friend! I am sincerely thankful for having him impact my life. I will do my best to keep his conviction and torch for disability protection lit to help others.
Bob Land
September 6, 2017
To the Fox Family, so sorry for your sudden loss of a truly good man. Bill always had a smile and story of his family. The sparkle in his eyes said volumes of his love for you all. His passion for his position with Principal and his work ethic was an outstanding example for us all.
Prayers for God's love and grace to uplift you all during the days ahead.
Cheryl Reaid
September 5, 2017
Dear Fox Family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss, and so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was, as you've undoubtedly heard over and over, so proud of his family. In the years of working with him, he told many stories and shared his perspective on family and parenting with me. He was a mentor and a friend. I admired his dedication to his work and how he strived for balance in his life. He never took himself too seriously either. I remember his silly Snoopy tie he'd wear to visit agencies...knowing full well he was advertising for the wrong insurance company!

You are all in my prayers. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to cross paths with Bill. He will always hold a special place in my heart!

Katie Cox
Katie Cox
September 4, 2017
Abbey and family, I can't tell you how much it meant to me to call Bill a friend. Please know how much he loved you all. He always shared your triumphs and they brought that big smile to his face. His favorite job was Dad. He was a man of passion and integrity who will be missed greatly by all of us. We will keep you in our prayers always.
Don Schamay
September 4, 2017
Abby and family. I have known Bill for so many years him teaching so much about disability. I am so saddened to learn of this and will be praying for you all. His family he always talked about. Family came first. The love that you could hear when he talked about his wife and family. I pray for all to find comfort and peace. God be with you all. I will be praying for all.
Julia Sheppard
September 3, 2017
Abbey... Know that you, and your family, are in my thoughts and my prayers during this difficult time. I am so so sorry.
Christine Hinton
September 3, 2017

The Principal family is so sorry to hear of our loss. One of the things we most appreciate about Bill was that he was always talking about his family. When Bill would speak I knew he was a rich man as his countenance changed when he would talk about each of you! Every meeting I attended with Bill he always spoke of his family. Your were His #1. Lauren, Megan, Charles and Thomas know that your Father was a Leader. He was passionate about what he did each and every day because he made a difference!

Greg Cowell
Your Principal Family Charlotte, North Carolina
Greg Cowell
September 3, 2017
One of my first jobs out of college was at Paul Revere Insurance where I was lucky enough to get Bill as my boss. Talk about a dream boss!! Funny, motivating, talented at his job I remember wishing I could be as charismatic as he was at his sales job. He left a huge impression on me and I will always remember his amazing sense of humor and beautiful smile. I know how much he loved you Abbey, it was so beautiful to watch you all find each other and blossom into the amazing couple and family of Fox's. No doubt you and the kids were the joy of his life. I know there is nothing I can say that will make your loss any easier, but know that I am sending you and the kids all my love and support and whatever you guys need please know we are here for you all. With much love and deepest sympathy, we love you Abbey so much. Bill will never be forgotten.
Mary Ickert
September 2, 2017
Abbey, I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Bill. I will always remember him as the rep who kept me laughing at Paul Revere. He was a total joy who brought light to the lives of others. I cannot imagine how many people are suffering along with you. I will keep you and your children in my prayers. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I know it's been many years but I've never forgotten the wonderful people at Paul Revere and Provident, specifically and always, the lovable Bill Fox.
Bridget Costner
Bridget Costner
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