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Richard Helliwell Snow

Richard Snow died unexpectedly of a heart attack, July 5, at a Potter Valley meditation retreat. Richard was a long time practitioner of Sant Mat, or Surat Shabd Yoga and had had the blessing of departing from this world while his mind was focused on The Higher Power.

Richard was a community activist who devoted his time to many causes and organizations including the Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Inc. where he was a board member and treasurer.

Born October 13, 1940, Richard grew up in Melrose, Mass., attended Cambridge Academy and Colby College. He was a Veteran, and while in the Army studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. Here in Santa Cruz he was an active member of the United Veterans Council of Santa Cruz and was allied with the groups who are active in getting the Vets Hall re-opened and accessible for the local Veterans.

Professionally, after training at Rudolph Steiner College in Fair Oaks, Richard had been a local Waldorf teacher and occasionally substituted at the school in Santa Cruz.

Richard is survived by many friends; his brother Edward Snow of Bellingham Washington; sister Leslie Snow of Davis, California; and five nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held July 24th, 2011, 3 pm at Ocean View Park, Santa Cruz.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 20, 2011
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