Glen David Fox, 72, of Fort Myers passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012, after a brief illness at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers surrounded by his family and friends. He was born July 25, 1939, in Saltillo, Tenn., to John C. Fox and Paris M. (Averett) Fox.
In his younger years, he was fascinated with repairing, building and racing cars. His first race car was a 1931 Model A, painted black and named "The Hustler," and was raced in Buckingham on the old air strip, winning many races. There was noting he couldn't tear-down, repair or build.
In 1968, he opened "Glen's Wrecker and Body Shop" with a wrecker made from scraps of old trucks. Then in 1985, with his wife Marianne, they formed Alligator Towing and Recovery Inc., located at 4871 Martin Luther King Blvd. The name Alligator was picked out by their son, Kevin. Glen and Kevin own an 85-ton Rotator Jerr-Dan Wrecker, one of the largest in Florida. Kevin suprised his dad with special features on the wrecker, painted in bright yellow and named it the 'Gator-Tator." Glenn just shook his head and smiled.
This was a man of many words and lots of friends. He will be sadly missed by his friends, the towing business, law enforcement and fire departments in the area and by his many homeless cats.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Marianne Fox, and their son, Kevin Glen Fox; along with sons, David (Denise) Fox, John (April) Fox, Keith (Nicole) Fox; daughters, Dana (Michael) Sullivan and Joy (Randy) Langford; numerous grandchildren, brothers-in-law, John Gunn and Ricky (Pat) Gunn; sisters-in-law, Judy (Buddy) Singleton and Cindy (David) Brashear; nieces; nephews; and many devoted friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his 21-year companion, Little Buddy.
Services will be held today, April 28, at 12:30 p.m. at First Christian Church of Fort Myers, 2061 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Interment will follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Visitiation will be today from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at First Christian Church of Fort Myers.
Memorials should be made to Animal Refuge Center, P.O. Box 6642, Fort Myers, FL 33911, or to your favorite animal rescue center.
His family hopes that everyone will come to the service dressed as they would if they were visiting him at the shop.
Arrangements are by Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Fort Myers.
There will be a procession to the grave site. Please contact Frank Gentilquore if you are bringing a tow truck. He is coordinating this for the family - 239-707-0881.