Harold Richard Fox went to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 13, 2021, at the age of 64, after a brief illness.
Harold had a big voice, a big laugh, and an even bigger heart. Everyone felt loved by Harold. He was often the first one to welcome others, and make them feel seen, known, and loved. He brought joy and life wherever he went with his booming voice, infectious laugh, and robust personality. “Jesus loves you, and so do I!” was almost always on his lips to both friends and strangers alike. And anyone fraught with discouragement, fear, or confusion was often comforted by Harold reminding them, “God has a plan.” He believed this with all his heart, and fully surrendered his life to God’s plan. Even when that plan meant he would be leaving this world and going home to heaven.
Harold was born on September 10, 1956, at Corry Memorial Hospital to George C. Fox Sr. and Jean Sue (Armitage) Fox. He grew up with four siblings: George Fox Jr., Susan Dubrosky, Diane Fox and Beth Dean.
Harold was married to Lisa (Watson) Fox, his high school sweetheart, whom he adored. They were married for 43 years and enjoyed train rides, traveling, spending time with family, game nights, crosswords, Mustang rides with friends, and beach trips.
Harold was the father of three sons: Jody Fox, married to Sarah (Pollack) Fox, Brandon Fox, married to Rebekah (Aluise) Fox, and Kurtis Fox, married to Alyssa (Powell) Fox. He was the grandfather of Camryn, Jordan, Lauren, Xavier, Selah, Jesse, Zion, Rory, Blakely, Jazlyn, Raymond, and a granddaughter due in May. Harold especially adored his grandchildren, and had nicknames for each of them. He loved spending time with them, reading them stories, taking them to the beach, to plays and musicals, and making each one feel special. If asked who Harold loved the most, each person in the family would be sure it was them.
Harold’s sons were among his life’s greatest accomplishments, and he supported and encouraged them like no other. As they grew up, he was often seen cheering on the sidelines of his son’s basketball games, cross country events, school plays, church events and musical performances. His support for his sons only strengthened as they grew into adults. He traveled several times to Niger, Africa, to visit Jody and his family as they served as missionaries. He came to nearly every band and worship event, for his son Brandon. And he fully supported his son Kurtis when he and his wife Alyssa became foster parents, whole-heartedly accepting Jazlyn and Raymond into their family.
Harold was a lifetime resident of Corry. He and his wife, Lisa, were longtime members of the Corry Alliance Church, where they were the first to be married in the new building his father helped establish. He was also an involved church member at Sparrow Fellowship and First Alliance Church in Erie, and also enjoyed attending “backyard” worship services at his son Brandon’s house.
Harold began working at Fox Insurance in 1976 and immersed himself in the insurance business from that point on. He enjoyed working with his father who started the business. Later, his sisters, Susan and then Beth joined the agency and it was truly a family business. Harold, Susan, and Beth formed a partnership when their father retired. In 2012, Fox Family Insurance team combined forces with the Rossbacher Insurance team. He was affectionately referred to as “Big H,” by his coworkers and he was a big force and competitor in his insurance work.
Harold’s hobbies included playing basketball, coaching, reading the Bible, watching football, biking and most importantly devoting much of his time to his grandkids. He was very involved for several years in Community Theatre. His most memorable performance had to be as “Tevia” in Fiddler on the Roof. He would perform excerpts from it on demand at family functions. Harold was deeply involved in the Rotary Club in Corry and served as president and secretary at different times during his many years of service in the club. Harold was also very involved with youth programs through his church as well as “Royal Kids Camp” which served at-risk foster kids. He also supported the Corry athletic community for many years in a variety of roles.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 was something Harold truly lived out. Harold’s love flowed out of the deep, abiding love he found in Jesus Christ. He knew that he was a sinful and broken man, who needed a Savior. But he also knew that, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) In Jesus, Harold found forgiveness for every sin, and healing for all brokenness. And he would want anyone reading this, to know, that whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, “Jesus loves you.” He would want you to know that Jesus died for you on the cross, with his arms open wide, to forgive all your sins, and heal all your brokenness, too. He would tell you that Jesus rose from the dead with resurrection power, and longs for you to know Jesus, and to experience His love the way he did, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Harold loved deeply, he gave freely, he encouraged others with his whole being. He worshipped Jesus loudly, with all of his heart. But today, he is belting out praises in the presence of Jesus, louder than he ever did here on earth.
Harold was deeply loved and although his absence will be deeply felt, his legacy lives on through his sons, grandchildren, and countless others who were touched by his life.
Though he is gone, we can still hear his loud, booming voice, assuring us, “God has a plan.”
Family and friends are invited to call at Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 751 Hatch St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service there at noon. The Rev. James Moffett will officiate. The service will be livestreamed at www.corryalliance.org. Due to CDC regulations, masks and social distancing will be required.
The family plans on having a larger Celebration of Life service in the summer as circumstances may allow. Details will follow in the coming months. Harold will be laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery in Corry, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the ministry of Jody Fox to sponsor children’s education in West Africa. Checks can be made payable to Corry Alliance Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.