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Yadack-Fox closing after 67 years

Nov 23, 2018 2:00 pm
Diane Valden is reporting for The Columbia Paper after 67 years of operation, the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown will close its doors for good December 1. Funeral director, George Fox, 73, and his wife Paula, have decided to retire and are moving to Maryland. For the past 48 years, the funeral home, located at 209 Main Street, has been Fox’s home and business. Fox's predecessor Peter Yadack sold him the place in 1971. Yadack purchased the 19th-century residence from Johnas Potts in 1951. According to Fox, Potts was a fisherman, butcher and the county coroner. Fox purchased, refurbished and tripled the size of the place, adding three bedrooms to the upstairs residence, two chapels and a lounge. An Army veteran, when Fox returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, he looked for a place to break into the funeral business and found Germantown. He said the town was “gracious” and welcoming to him, “it was like my hometown out in the boondocks.” Though Fox sought out buyers interested in taking over the business, he was not successful. “Nobody wants to do the 24/7 anymore, it’s not just a business, it’s a way of life,” he said. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.