JA Snow Funeral Home


John Albert Snow

December 21, 1944October 9, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Snow, in his 76th year, on October 9, 2020. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a brief time in palliative care.

John was the proud former owner of J.A. Snow Funeral Home, a family business for four generations of Snows. “Snowy” lived life to its fullest and had a large circle of friends with whom over the years he enjoyed many sailing adventures, curling bonspiels, countless shared meals where he would always greet you with a smile & “what can I get for you”? Anyone who was fortunate to spend time with John was familiar with his generosity; it could have been anything from an offer of his famous eggs benny to a trip on the sailboat. “Big John” would do anything for Judy and Nancy to make them happy & asked for nothing in return (except for his morning coffee over a game of backgammon, which he never missed a day since being married to Judy). “Johnny” was a long time member of RNSYS and St. Margaret’s Bay Sailing Club. His passion for sailing began at a young age & he was his happiest on the ocean. He was also an active curler at the Halifax Curling Club for many years and enjoyed golfing at Ashburn with “The Gaspers”. John is son of the late John & Irene Snow.

He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Nancy Snow (Andrew Stenhouse), stepson Craig Connolly, sister Sheila Snow, granddaughter Lilly Stenhouse. He was predeceased by sister Sherrill Snow. Thank you to Dr. Trager and the exceptionally kind and compassionate medical team and staff on V3East that helped make him comfortable in his last days.

The family will receive visitors at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 2-8pm. A private service has taken place. Donations in John’s memory may be made to Diabetes Canada.


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Dale Jackson

October 20, 2020

Dear Judy and family:

We had a good working relationship over so many years. John's morning greeting was always with that cheeky happy smile that began with, "Good... morning Day-Day! How are you ... today?"
I always enjoyed the countless and most interesting stories he shared, not only of sailing and our trips south, but those of the professional relationships of the many families we so faithfully served over many decades. John and I both shared a deep mutual respect for each other and also that of our chosen profession. His love for cribbage, fish and chips will not soon be forgotten. John's dry sense of humour was truly a treat in itself! Both Don and John built what has become known as, J A Snow's Funeral Home. Judy, his legacy truly lives on in the hearts and minds of us all! And may it be of comfort knowing you are in our thoughts and our prayers at this time. John, Rest in Peace Buddy, God love ya! Lest we forget! Lest we forget!

Randy & Debbie Townsend

October 19, 2020

Judy, Nancy and family
With sincere sympathy. We will remember John as a kind and gentle man. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time and in the months to come.

Charlie Verge

October 18, 2020

Judy and family:

I had the unique experience of occasionally working with John over the last 10 years. John had an incredible memory for remembering peoples names. I enjoyed his dry sense of humour and interesting stories.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Kind Regards:
Charlie A Verge

Frank Yakimchuk

October 18, 2020

I knew John Snow through my work with the Halifax Police Department and my friendship with Don McKay, I know John was faithful in making donations to Police Charities over the years. He was a regular visitor to the various versions of the Halifax Association’s Police Clubs. Condolences to John’s Family and friends.

Marilyn Corkum

October 18, 2020

Judy, Sheila and family, Peter and I are so sorry to hear of John‘s passing. Please except our sincere condolences. John was such a gentleman and a good sport and always had a beautiful smile. John loved life and shared it with all. May the wonderful memories of your lives together stay in your hearts forever. Regards, Marilyn and Peter Corkum

Peter Walsh

October 16, 2020

To Judy and the Snow family,

Our sincere condolences to you regarding the passing of John. We have great memories of John , over the years while attending conventions, meetings and gatherings of funeral directors throughout the Atlantic provinces. Thinking of you at this sad time...please know we care deeply.

Peter & Eileen Walsh
(W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney)

Christopher Hopgood

October 15, 2020

Dear Judy
So sorry to learn of Johnny's passing.
In looking at all the pictures that are available on this site,
it brings a broad smile to my face, and a warmth to my heart.
That's what Johnny's effect was to people, a smile and
warmth to others.
A fine man, and with such a big heart.
Take good care of yourself.

Ron Gilkie

October 15, 2020

Judy and family, and Sheila, please accept our sincere condolences on John's passing. My memories of John go back a long way to when he, Sheila, and in later years, Sherrill, would come to our house in Melville Cove with John Sr., my godfather, on Christmas morning. As the years went by I usually saw John when attending funerals, including those of my parents. and he was always such a calming presence in an otherwise stressful situation. He will be sadly missed by the many he touched during his lifetime.
Ron Gilkie & Mary Barker

Eleanor Hanlon

October 15, 2020

So sorry to read about John's death Shelia.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.May the many happy memories you have of John help you at this time and in the future.
Take care God Bless
Bernie and Eleanor

Kim Putnam

October 15, 2020

I was so sorry to hear the news of John’s passing. You and he have been such great friends to my parents. I know they have many great memories of the times you’ve all spent together. I will miss seeing his smiling face on my visits home. Thinking of you. Xo Kim


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