National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Firefighter
Age: 65
Year of Death: 2021

Kenneth Kelly “Ace” Cameron

Ken was born in Lee County on January 2, 1956. He was a 1974 graduate of Sanford Central High School and went on to attend East Carolina University, where he studied nutrition, dietetics, and food management and was a member of Phi Tau fraternity. He was a diehard Pirate fan and was known for his zany purple and gold outfits.

For 53 years, he worked in the family business, Godfrey Body Shop, becoming the owner in 1997. A member of the Pocket Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, he served in many positions, including president for the last 20 years.

Ken was a member of the Sanford Elks Lodge for 35 years and a deacon at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Most mornings you could find Ken at his local diner of choice, Wenger’s, enjoying both food and fellowship.

He was well known for his honesty, generosity, and willingness to help anyone in need. He was a devoted family man who loved his wife and girls more than life itself, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Combs Cameron; his daughters, Whitney Cameron Cope (Christian) of Mechanicsville, Virginia, and Kenleigh Cameron Stafford (Rhett) of Summerville, South Carolina; and special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ken was the world’s greatest Pop Pop to his four grandchildren, Cameron Belle Cope, Christian Lee Cope, Charles Paxton Stafford, and Kennedy Rose Stafford. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Asa.

Ken passed away on December 9, 2021, from complications of a stroke he suffered while responding to a motor vehicle accident with Pocket Fire Department on July 23, 2021. Ken went into the hospital and never returned home. Heaven gained a kind, generous, and loving angel.

Ken’s number, 908, was officially retired. He will never be forgotten.

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