Obituary for John Forrest "Jack" Snow Sr.
SOUTH THOMASTON - John (“Jack”) Forrest Snow, born in Middletown CT on April 27th 1924, died at his home in South Thomaston on Thursday February 23rd 2017. Jack was the son of Charles Wilbert Snow and Lola Jeanette Simmons; he attended Middletown High School, Mount Hermon School, and Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As US engagement accelerated in WW2, Jack left college to enlist in the Army Air Corps, and served from 1943 to 1945 in the Pacific theatre. One of his great lifetime honors was being chosen to fly into Tokyo as part of General Douglas MacArthur’s honor guard, prior to the occupation of Japan.
Following the war he taught in the one-room school house in Spruce Head, where he had summered since childhood. He married Patricia Hallock Daley in 1949, and finished his BA in English on the GI Bill at UCLA. Jack and Pat settled in South Thomaston, where they raised five children. Jack worked at the cement plant, and then as a lobsterman. In 1967 he entered graduate school, earning an MA in teaching from Wesleyan University, and then taught English at Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown CT for 11 years, where he was a very popular and highly regarded teacher. Throughout his years of teaching Jack spent summers raking Irish sea moss up and down the Maine coast, often working with his children. In 1986, Jack married Lyn Seagraves Sampson, and they built a productive business around her artwork.
Lyn pre-deceased Jack in 2013. He is survived by his youngest brother Gregory and Greg’s wife Sarah, of South Thomaston; by his five children, Stephen of Spruce Head, Patricia of New Haven Connecticut, Rebecca of Antakya Turkey, John Jr. and his wife Robin of South Thomaston, and Rachel of New York City; seven grand-children and three great-grandchildren; and by his step-children, Susan Whittington, Sarah Richards and John Sampson.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A Eucharistic service will be held at 2:00pm, Wednesday, March 1st at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. To share a memory with Jack’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.