John “Jack” Alexander Snodgrass passed away peacefully at the Stettler Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer on December 19th, 2015.
Jack was born in Okotoks, Alberta on March 12, 1931, the third child of William and Hazel Snodgrass. He grew up on the farm but left to go to Olds College to study business. He worked in Calgary for BA Oil where he met and married Terry Ridley. They had 3 children, Wendy, Gary and Nancy. He was transferred to Stettler with Gulf Oil in 1962 before he began his own automotive parts business.
Jack was active in service groups in Stettler. He was a member of Kinsmen, K-40, Rotary, the Legion and most recently was very involved in the Stettler Lodge of the Elks. He also curled for many years and was playing slo-pitch well into his 70’s.
In 1982 he married May Gaetz and they spent many years together growing vegetables and travelling to slo-pitch games around the province. Jack enjoyed taking care of the yard and doing his woodworking.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife May, his children Wendy (Peter) Davies, Nancy (Kevin) Stewart; daughter in law Brenda Snodgrass; grandchildren: Melissa, Owen (Megan), Keshia (Mischa) and their daughter Makenzi (Jack’s only great grandchild); Keray (Ashley), Danielle and Tyler; a brother Bill (Eva) and sister Betty (Don) Melvin as well as numerous nieces and nephews who enjoyed spending time with Uncle Jack at the family reunions. He was well cared for by his nephew Dale during his last few months. He is missed by sisters and brothers in law Olive (Fern) Bougie, Darlene (Dwayne) Harden and Doug Sweet. He was predeceased by his parents Hazel and Bill, his brother Bob, his son Gary and nephew John.
A service of remembrance was held at Stettler Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 30 at 2 pm. A musical selection by Jack’s daughter Wendy & Peter Davies was preformed and a pictorial tribute by daughter Nancy Stewart was shown. Nephew Howard Snodgrass gave a loving tribute. Friend Clive Spechko served as master of ceremonies. Friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Ladies of the Royal Purple. Memorial donations may be made to the Elks and Royal Purple Children’s Fund, c/o
STETTLER FUNERAL HOME,
Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0 who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422