James S. Kniceley Jr. age 89 passed away on June 21, 2020 just days after his son Billy Kniceley age 62, also a CVVFA Life member died on June 18.
He joined the Rouss Fire Company in the late 1940’s and the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) in 1954. Jim was immediately nominated for CVVFA Director from Virginia but it was determined that he had not been a member of the Association long enough to be eligible to hold office. Not one to give up easily, Jim was soon elected to leadership positions going forward to serve as CVVFA President in 1969, 1989 and 1994. Only one other President Robert Gray, of Winchester, a founding CVVFA member served 3 terms as President.
Jim piloted the CVVFA though some difficult times serving in many roles during his 66 year membership. His son Billy and his step son Robert See both joined the fire service following his footsteps.
Services for both men are scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2020, 11:00 a.m. in Winchester. Details may be obtained at Omps Funeral Home.