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Victor Fennal

January 23, 1951 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 70)


He fought the fine fight
He ran the race to the finish
He observed the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7

Victor was a hard-working, kind, and loving man who loved life but loved his God Jehovah even more.

Victor was born on January 23, 1951, to John and Jessie Fennal, number 9 out of 11 children. He was a graduate of Delsea Regional High School in 1969. In June 1968, he dedicated his life to Jehovah through baptism, becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses. 

He worked at Conrail in the Maintenance Department and later went to Amtrak where he worked as a Switch Inspector before being promoted to a Track Crew Foreman. He was known as a strong man who could carry not one but two railroad ties at one time, one on each shoulder. His section crew would often describe him as a dependable and caring supervisor. He remained at Amtrak until retiring on July 1st, 2002.  

Victor fell in love with his first wife Shirley Striewski and they were married in 1973. He was a very patient and loving husband who was attentive to his wife's feelings. When Shirley was upset, he would hold her hand and listen to her, consoling her with loving words. 

Shirley later passed away. He was heartbroken.

Upon reconnecting with his childhood friend, Joyce Lomax, Victor's heart began to heal. They fell in love, both now viewing the other in a new light. Joyce became the apple of his eye and filled him with happiness, he would affectionately call her his "Jay Bird." They were married on May 25, 1996, and raised two children together, Michael Lomax and Damon Lomax Jr. They resided in NJ until moving to NC in 2008 with Damon Jr, they were deeply missed by family and friends.

Victor loved playing and watching sports. After a long day at work, he and his brother Gary were always ready to "whoop up" on their nephews in basketball, baseball, or football. He loved music and was a wonderful singer. He had a singing group with his brother Gary and childhood friend Eliot Harrison. They would cover songs by the Delphonic and Persuaders.

Victor served as an elder for many years, but he didn't want to be known as an elder, he would always say "you should be a shepherd" and that is what he was. He was a wonderful listener and used God's word skillfully. If you ever received advice from him, it came from the bible.

Victor's compassion, tenderness, and care helped to nurture many. Truly a man of love, he earned many affectionate names such as "Uncle Vic," "Dad," "Pops" and "Pop Pop." Victor was a father to many.

He leaves behind:

Wife Joyce Fennal, son Damon Lomax Sr., Kim Lomax, Ryan Lomax, Michael Lomax, Damon Lomax Jr.(Shalise) Grandson Kellan, Grand Daughter (Alyssa) 

Who have proceeded him in death is:

Parents John and Jessie Fennal (deceased) brother, Jasper Fennel (deceased), (Evelyn); sister, Delores Fennal-Copeland (deceased) (Warren)(deceased); brother, Norman Fennal (deceased) (Barbara), brother, Carl Fennal (deceased) (Audrey)(deceased), brother, Thomas Fennal (deceased) (Esther)(deceased), brother, Richard Fennal (deceased) Wilbur Fennal (deceased)(Delores) 

Family members still living:

sister, Joan Fennal; sister, Thelma (Fennal) Monroe; brother, Gary Fennal (Amy) with nieces and nephews and a host of other family members.

Arrangements entrusted to Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service of Graham, NC.

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