Roger M. Fey, 46, Phila. air-quality official

Roger M. Fey
Roger M. Fey
Posted: March 21, 2014

Roger M. Fey, 46, of Somerton, an air-quality official for the City of Philadelphia, died at Holy Redeemer Hospital on Tuesday, March 11, two weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.

At the time of his death, Mr. Fey was chief of compliance and enforcement for the citywide air-management program, called the Department of Public Health Air Management Service. He had worked for the city for 24 years.

In that role, he did environmental-engineering work - directing and coordinating the work of a major aspect of the program. He also focused on nuisance noise and tried to combat it, said his wife, the former Jacqueline Faville.

Mr. Fey developed solutions for air-management problems, and then contacted other government officials, industrial-plant representatives, and the public to solicit testimony on the proposed legislations. Once the rules were in place, he checked to see if they were working.

From September 2012 to February 2013, he also was chief of the Air Monitoring Network, a technical group that supports air-quality testing for the city.

He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, and two master's degrees, one in engineering and the other in business administration, from Pennsylvania State University.

While at Villanova in 1990, he helped build a SolarCat - a solar-powered race car.

"Roger was the most amazing dad, husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, neighbor, and friend, who also found time to be active in the community," his wife said.

He was the "go-to guy" in the neighborhood for Somerton Spartans Athletic Team sports. He coached soccer, baseball, and T-ball and also was the den leader for Boy Scout Pack 367.

Surviving, beside his wife, are sons Brandon Roger and Tyler Joseph; his mother, Helen; and a brother.

Services were Saturday. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon & Tyler Fey Educational Fund, c/o F. Scott Donahue Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1540, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102.


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