Douglas Alva Snowsell
1943 - 2017
Douglas Alva Snowsell, 74, slipped peacefully into the presence of Jesus, whom he lived to serve, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He leaves his cherished wife of 14 years Nancy nee Irwin; his two sons, Brandon (Kirsty) and Colin (Jamie); Nancy's children, Alisa (Trevor), Ryan (Aimee), Andrea and Nicole (Nic); nine grandchildren, Charlotte, Elliot, Nina, Camille, Cyrah, Stephen, Adelaide, Nataya and Sloane; his brother, Ken (Charlotte), sister Janet; and numerous nieces and nephews; cousins and many close friends in countries all over the world. He has been reunited with his beloved wife of 35 years, Ann Snowsell. Born to orchardists James and Barbara Snowsell in Kelowna, Doug left the farm after high school, beginning a successful career as a banker. At 30, he had an experience with God that put him on a path to follow and serve Jesus for the rest of his life. He surprised his family and many of his close friends, leaving the bank at age 33 to enter Bible seminary. After graduating, Doug and Ann began a 16 year missionary career in Chile and Spain. The Cordillera Church they founded in Chile still meets to this day. Returning to Canada in 1996, Doug and Ann started Marriage Encounter in Saskatoon, Burlington, Poland and Thailand. Doug never really retired. He married Nancy in 2003 and moved to Victoria where they served the church. Of particular concern to Doug were the people in James Bay where he recently set up a "Coaches Corner" to minister to all, but specifically the homeless.
"But as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
For the family and friends he leaves behind, a celebration of Doug's life will be held Wednesday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Gateway Baptist Church, at 898 Royal Oak Drive in Victoria. For the family and friends he now joins, and for Jesus, whom he lived for, loves and served, the celebration will continue forever. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Mustard Seed Street Church in Victoria.
Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Sep. 16 to Sep. 19, 2017.