William Paul Snow, infant son of Benjamin and Kimberly Snow, earned his wings and entered eternal peace on February 5, 2014, after complications from an acute respiratory illness.
William entered this world against all odds on July 28, 2013 at 7:48 A.M. at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, FL. He was sent shortly after birth to Sacred Heart in Pensacola, FL where he spent the first five weeks of his life. There William learned he had a rare chromosomal abnormality of partial Trisomy 13 and partial Monosomy 3. He was told he would not make it past his first few days to the first few weeks of his life, and that is when William decided he would start to prove so many statistics, and doctors, wrong. So many times in his life William was told "You won't" and "You can't" and he would look those naysayers in the face and say "Watch me". Those who knew William knew he had a mind of his own. He was the stubborn little boy who had his own, "unique", way of doing things.
He loved to cuddle with his Aunt Christie and sit on top of his Gaga's knee and bounce. He loved to have talks with his Poppy and dance in the kitchen with his daddy while listening to his "special playlist". Because he learned how to dance so well, he became the perfect dance partner for his Great Aunt Patty. William loved his Florida State Seminoles, never missing a game on TV, and Dancing with the Stars. He started each Saturday with his Mommy watching Game Day. William had a zest for life that would always shine through his eyes, eyes which charmed anyone who met him. William was a perfect child and an old soul, and although William left this world far sooner than many expected, he lived more life than someone 100 times his age. William touched so many people in his short six months of life. He was a true miracle of our Lord's love, and proof that even the tiniest things in this world can make the biggest of impacts.
William was welcomed into heaven by his Maternal Great-Great Grandmother Avis "Baba" Lane, Maternal Great Grandfather John C. "Popo" Dugosh, Maternal Great Grandparents Claude and Edith Nelson, Paternal Great Grandparents Charles and Janet Snow, and Paternal Great Grandfather Donald Washington. William left his mark on numerous lives on this earth and none so much as the family he has left behind. His parents, Benjamin and Kimberly Snow of Panama City, Florida; Maternal Grandparents, Charles and Ann Nelson of Panama City, Florida; Paternal Grandparents, Skip and Susan Snow of Palmetto Bay, Florida; Maternal Great Grandmother Colene Dugosh, Paternal Great Grandmother Audrey Washington. Aunts and Uncles Jimmy and Heather Nelson, Robbie and Casey Nelson, and Elizabeth Snow. Cousins Dane and Beau Nelson. Great Aunts and Uncles Patty and Mark Fretwell, Mike Dugosh, Julie Dugosh, Jimmy and Shelia Dugosh, Tommy and Krista Dugosh, Charlie Dugosh, Denise Dugosh, Jan Nelson, Guy and Sue Nelson, Mike and Trudy McQuiddy, Norm and Patricia Grams, Phil and Nancy Cagney, Jay and Judy Carrigan, and Jan Snow.
Second Cousins Christina and Jess Snyder, Jonathon Dugosh, Brandt Dugosh, Mathew Fretwell, Christopher Dugosh, Connor Dugosh, Jessica Dugosh, Jennifer Dugosh, Jason Hamann, Tommy Hamann, Dayton Dugosh, Evan Dugosh, Christopher and Marie Nelson, Eric and Kristen Nelson, Patrick and Mary Nelson, Jamie Smith, Joey and Danielle Smith, Dan and Elizabeth Bogo, Michael and Michelle Bogo, Sean and Carla Carrigan, Becky Velasco, Lee and Jennifer Ferrence, Curt and Lindsay Cagney, Thomas and Jill Powell, Cory and Lori McQuiddy, and Ashley Grams. As well as numerous third cousins and other extended family members.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 6-8 PM at Southerland Funeral Home in Panama City, FL with a Rosary to be said at 7 P.M. A celebration of William's life will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10 o' clock in the morning at the parish of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City, Florida.
The family would like to extend special thanks to so many. Dr. Bryce Jackson who brought William into the world. Dr. Ingrid Rachesky who cared for him while he was home. The entire team of Doctors and Nurses of the Sacred Heart NICU and PICU, if not for you William would have never made it home with us. The entire team of Doctors and Nurses of Gulf Coast Medical's PICU who cared for him in his final hours with us. Fr. Peter Zalewski, Fr. Michael Nixon, Fr. Kevin McQuone, Fr. Anthony Nguyen, Sr. Jean O'Connor and the entire parish community of St. Dominic Catholic Church who helped us through many dark days and spiritually supported us every step of the way.
The entire Panama City community who reached out to us when times were tough, and showed just how close a community can come together to support someone so small. And a special thank you to the entire staff of the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola, Florida. You were all there for us while we worked to get our special little man home. You stepped up and gave us a place to stay, helped keep us sane, and supported us through some of the hardest times we have ever had to go through. There is no amount of thanks we could ever express for everything everyone has done for us.
In lieu of flowers, a donation is asked to be made in William's name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida.
Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com
"There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world."
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Published in Panama City News Herald from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2014