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Charles Theodore "Ted" Snell


1950 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Charles Theodore "Ted" Snell Obituary
Ted Snell passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on October 1, 2017, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Nancy Snell, his two daughters Nicole and Lauren (husbands Adam Deermount and Justin Diener), and son Eric. He was the beloved "Papa" of Natalie and Hayden Deermount, his two grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters, Susan Kellogg and Sally White, along with many nieces and nephews, mostly in New York State. Born in Geneva, NY, on May 7, 1950 to Charles F. Snell and Rita Marion, Ted grew up in Buffalo, NY, where he attended Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute, a private Lasallian Catholic college preparatory high school. He was a local sports star for his high school football, basketball and baseball teams. Ted graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in 1972, where he met his wife, Nancy. The two married on July 31, 1976, and in 1977 they drove across the U.S. to start a new life together in Newport Beach, CA. Upon their arrival, Ted began his unmatched lifetime career in commercial real estate in the Newport Beach office of Coldwell Banker, now known as CBRE. An industry leader, Ted was known well among his peers for his vision and ability to anticipate trends in the real estate market. His track record of extensive local development and a large financial-community network was recognized by industry leaders throughout California. He was best known for his work in the early development of Orange County's commercial and industrial space, in addition to significant projects like Tustin Legacy (1,000-acre redevelopment), The Summit (1.7M sq. ft. office project), Irvine Ranch (The Irvine Company, 195 ground leases), Rancho Santa Margarita Business Center, South Coast Metro Center (400,000 sq. ft. office project), Heritage Fields (5,000-acre mixed use project), Piemont and Ontario (300M sq. ft. mixed use and office projects). Ted earned several notable honors and awards throughout his career at CBRE such as the McCarthy Award, the company's highest honor, bestowed to one individual worldwide for recognition of professional excellence, integrity, service, and teamwork. He was a part of the Colbert Coldwell Circle (100 most extraordinary performers), and was particularly proud of becoming "Rookie of the Year" in 1977 as the Top First-Year Sales Professional, companywide. Ted loved being a part of the Orange County business community and was deeply involved in several influential organizations such as National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Strategic Southern California Office Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute. He was a board member of the Center for Real Estate at UCI's Paul Merage School of Business. Ted was extremely passionate about mentoring up-and-coming professionals and assisting others in the success of their careers. He was an outspoken advocate for women and their contribution to CBRE and helped to improve gender diversity in his office. Ted's passion for mentoring extended well beyond his office. Ted loved his children and truly enjoyed watching them succeed in their athletics and early careers. He was an avid sports fan, and coached his children's youth sports teams in baseball, softball, basketball and soccer, also influencing hundreds of young athletes throughout Newport Beach. He was instrumental in the establishment of Slammers-FC, a private local soccer club. Ted's favorite pastimes included spending time with his family and friends at home and around Newport Beach. He loved to watch his children grow and excel in sports and their careers. He loved people and was famous for his ability to connect individuals to assist in their goals and aspirations. Ted's greatest love was his wife, Nancy. Together, they lived a true love story, never wavering in their commitment to each other in the most difficult or wonderful of times. Ted will be missed beyond words. Services will be held to honor his life this Saturday, October 7, at 10 AM at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in support of UCI's real estate program in memory of Ted Snell can be made to: The UCI Foundation, Tax ID 95-254117. Via mail/check: Center for Real Estate at UCI Merage School of Business Attention: Sharon Nakamura Brown 4302 Pereira Drive, MPAA-110 Irvine, CA 92697-3130
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2017
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