BROOKSVILLE - Irl Franklin (Frank) Snow, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Frank was born on May 11, 1922 and was a lifelong Brooksville resident. Frank was the first child of Sydney and Bernice Snow of North Brooksville and graduated from Brooksville High School in the late 1930's. He married Virginia Babson in 1940, and they moved into their home on Bridge Road in 1946. Frank loved life, cherished his family, and was an active civic and business citizen of Brooksville and Hancock County.
Frank started in the plumbing business in the 1940s and opened his own shop in 1958. Up until recent weeks he could still be seen chatting with "the boys" every morning over coffee. Early in his adult life Frank was an avid bowler, baseball player and hunter. His civic activities were many, including trustee of George Stevens Academy, one of the founding members of Brooksville's Volunteer Fire Department, and an active supporter of numerous charities. He was a Director for Union Trust Bank (now Camden National Bank), a Shriner and 67-year Masonic Member of Ira Berry Lodge #128. In the last few years, Frank was an active participant at "Meals-for-Me" every Thursday in Brooksville. In 2012, His civic dedication and contributions were recognized by "Channel 2 Those Who Care" with the John W. Coombs Award.
Frank is survived by his son Donald of New Jersey; son-in-law Murray Bates of Brooksville; and sister-in-law Katherine Clifford of Cape Rosier; his five grandchildren, Jackie Gott of Penobscot, Dennis Bates and wife Helen of England, Thomas Snow of Switzerland, Amanda Snow of New Jersey, Michael Snow and wife Claire of New Jersey; seven great-grandchildren, Luke Carter and Megan of Sedgwick, Josh Gott and Tessa of Blue Hill, Megan and Rhianna Bates of England and Mia, Sarah and Helena Snow of Massachusetts; one great-great-grandchild, Mackenzie Carter of Sedgwick; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Frank was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Virginia; daughter Dr. Maryann Snow Bates; and sisters Nettie Leach and Evangeline Peasley.
Friends may visit 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sunday, September 27 at the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St, Ellsworth. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, September 28 at the Blue Hill Congregational Church with Rev. Deborah Breault officiating. Interment will be at Mount Rest Cemetery, North Brooksville, following the funeral. Friends are welcome to celebrate Frank's life at the Brooksville Community Center in South Brooksville, after the services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Maryann Snow Bates Educational Foundation, c/o Brooksville Education Foundation, PO Box 277, Brooksville, ME 04617.
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