SNOWDON, Thomas William (Bill)

Posted: September 7th, 2022

Thomas William (Bill) Snowdon

July 27, 1929 – May 21, 2022

Bill passed away peacefully in Kelowna, BC, surrounded by family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta to Alex & Zona Snowdon, Bill was the second oldest of four children and brother to Donald, Marjorie and Marianne. He met his wife Marion growing up in Lethbridge where they attended school and eventually the University of Alberta. Bill graduated with a Law degree in 1952 and Marion graduated with a Nursing Degree in 1953. They were married in Lethbridge on October 14, 1953 and had three children: Barbara, Susan and Robert.

Before practicing law, Bill worked for the 77 Oil Company that his father Alex Snowdon started in Lethbridge. After a move to Calgary in 1964, Bill began a long and successful career as a lawyer. Bill was passionate about the law and inspired many young people to pursue a law career including his oldest daughter Barbara Jane Snowdon. He tirelessly gave his time and legal advice to friends, family and charities. He was always there to listen and to help. In 1976, Bill received the prestigious “QC” Queen’s Council designation for his exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.

Apart from work, Bill loved to garden, and was dedicated to his family and community. He was active in the Anglican Church of Canada, the Al Azhar Shriners of Southern Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta and the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society. He was also a Patron of the Arts and Music Communities for decades. Bill was extremely generous and supported over 32 charities in his last year. Bill helped raise three children and made sure they had the support and Education they needed to succeed. He was sure to celebrate every birthday, anniversary and all other important occasions with family and friends. He was always there with his camera in hand…

Bill is survived by his wife Marion, sisters Marianne Fairbanks (Lee), Marjorie O’Brien, son Robert Snowdon, daughter Susan Gilchrist (Colin), granddaughter Myah Gilchrist, son-in-law Bob Coyle and former son-in-law Dale Ellert. He was predeceased by his brother Donald, daughter Barbara Snowdon, daughter-in-law Jeanette Mende, brothers-in-law Terry Williams and Dale O’Brien and niece Laurie O’Brien. He will be greatly missed by many dear friends, family and colleagues.

A small graveside service was held June 20, 2022 in Lethbridge Alberta at Mountainview Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.

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