Donald H. Snow, 74, Harpursville, NY passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 2, 2022. He was predeceased by his parents Donald F. Snow and Marguerite Babcock. Also, his mother-in-law Mae Snow, his sister Karen Hall, his nephew Jim Snow, his beloved cousins David and Leslee Kark and his truly missed friend Jerry Grosvenor. He is survived by his loving siblings Gloria Donichy and Mark Snow (Jean), and his brother-in-law Scott Hall. He is survived by his son DJ Snow (Ileta) and his grandchildren Donald (Rayann), Cody (Maryanna), Tucker (Cora), Rachael and their mother Tanis. As well as his four great-grandchildren, Donald, Colton, Stella and Jacob. He is survived by his daughter Nicole Weist (Russ) and his grandchildren Mitchell, Brockton and Olivia. Lots of loving nieces, nephews and cousins that stretched from east coast to west coast. With her loving “Brazilian” family, especially Monica, the Brazilian foreign student of the family in 1989 who was like a daughter. Don served in the United States Navy stationed in Norfolk, Virginia on a submarine tender. As a young man he enjoyed being competitive in the horse gymkhana events with his favorite horse Jack and proud of having won many first place ribbons. Don started Don Snow Trucking in 1978, with a single-axle International gas-powered dump truck. With the determination and dedication of his wife Sharon at the time, who remained Don’s best friend until his last moments by his side. They built their business until it is today which employs many family members and those who have become family. His son DJ was raised to be part of the business from the start. He insisted that DJ start in the gravel pit and progress to managing and managing the entire fleet. He felt that DJ really had to know the business from scratch in order to be most effective. It turned out to be true. He said his lifestyle over the past 15 years is really down to the insight and hard work of DJs and how much he appreciates them. This gave him time to enjoy the farm while being the company’s sounding board. Don has always had his own path, however, he wanted to ensure that all employees were recognized for their dedication, including employees who have been with us for 30 years and those who have just joined our family business. He recognized the importance of each of our employees to the success of our business, whether they are those who drive our dump trucks, logging trucks, dumpsters, livestock trailers, trailers, flatbeds , our equipment carriers, our office staff and our shop workers. A perfect day for Don started with coffee and breakfast at his daughters house on the porch, and seeing his grandkids stop by before starting their day, then on their way to the office to start and finish business. . On weekends, he could be found cycling with his son DJ to find a project to ride his bike and trade, attending an auction for less time than it took to drive there , or his love for the hay field which he passed on to his son and grandsons. He could be found in his John Deere UTV on back roads en route to compete with his brother Mark to see who could be more sarcastic towards each other, to show their love of course. He then dropped by his close cousin Jon Kark to talk about solving day-to-day projects that always involved thinking outside the box. His life has always been about giving to his family. It was important to him that his sister Gloria in San Diego and his sister Karen in Charlotte had apples from New York to make a homemade pie and piano stools for that special guest. He continued chopping wood until just a few weeks before his death, it was a bonding and learning experience for his grandsons and “Randy”. Randy was a trusted friend and employee who was always involved in all of Don’s crazy ventures. Ideally, the pile of wood with a chainsaw in hand would have been his most comforting place to pass. Due to medical issues for which he was still responsible, he was instead surrounded by his family who were actively involved in his daily care and comfort. He lacked neither company nor good wishes from his beloved grandchildren. They stopped to help and get as much advice as they could, to navigate their grandfather’s life. He was always known as a man of his word and he also insisted on his children and grandchildren. While recently making hay in the backyard, DJ was able to come in and ask his opinion on how to fix the scooping twine and of course his dad was able to fix it with instructions and advice. Don had a much loved relationship with his son-in-law Russ, as well as his step-daughter Tanis. It was nothing for Russ to go home with the execution of one of Don’s ideas that wasn’t Russ’ vision. Fortunately, their respect and love for each other has always helped them through these times. Tanis and Don continued to have a romantic relationship that he enjoyed and was proud of. Our father took pride in working and pushing himself every day to overcome his health issues. He really went against all the advice of the medical community and exceeded all their expectations, while remaining in control of his quality of life. We are grateful that he was able to enjoy a season and a half longer of hay than expected, an entire family vacation in the Outer Banks, an impromptu trip to San Diego to see his sister Gloria. Jon Kark was the tour guide while Don, Sharon, DJ, Ileta and Pat were happy to join the ride. He was able to enjoy another holiday season and Father’s Day. With a new dump truck that has recently been added to the fleet. Our regrets are minimal because of the time we spent each morning and evening soaking up His love and giving our own on a daily basis. Don has always had a convertible and thought everyone should do the same. He insisted his granddaughters knew how to drive a switchboard. He always wanted them to be in charge and able to get out of any situation. He always encouraged his grandchildren to take matters into their own hands because he was more confident in their ability to handle situations than anyone else. He always said “be good, be careful and love yourself” as they went about their business. He was looking forward to Sunday to gather everyone and enjoy dinner. It was time to discuss business, possible endeavors, and what each of the grandchildren was up to. Don was known for his “Plan A and Plan B” lifestyle. His grandsons have stories that involved grandpa’s moving equipment and all those “plan Bs” that shouldn’t have worked and always did. He was never afraid to give his advice and if you didn’t want to follow him, he kept reminding you that his idea would work better. His presence as “Big Dad” will be sorely missed as his great-grandchildren gather for their weekly Sunday dinner, and they peek in and see his empty seat. He has always emphasized that at “Don Snow Trucking…all we have to sell is service”. He is a legend and will remain in our hearts and minds for the end of time. We’ll take the wheel from here. Funeral services will be held at Snow’s Hilltop Manor Pavilion 1909 Route 7 Harpursville on Saturday. July 9, 2022 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Port Crane Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Snow’s Hilltop Manor lodge on Saturday. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service. Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to a charity of his choice. Online condolences can be made at: www.omaddenfh.com.
Posted on July 04, 2022
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