Duke Center, Pa.- Kerry Thomas Snow, 66, of Duke Center, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, after a heroic two-year battle with cancer.
Born August 14th, 1955, in Bradford, Pa., he was the son of Thomas and Dolores (Carnahan) Snow. Kerry spent most of his life in the Duke Center area, although the family did reside in New Orleans, La. for a short period during his youth. Duke Center was always his home and he wholeheartedly loved his community and the people whom reside in it. He attended school in the Otto-Eldred School District and graduated from O-E with the class of 1973. During his time in high school, he was a renowned multi-sport athlete excelling in baseball, basketball, and especially football, which became his lifelong passion. In high school he was recognized as a Big 30 All Star, Northern Tier Baseball All Star, and earned numerous other regional athletic accolades. He was especially proud of earning the Jody Wolcott Memorial Award. After high school he attended Bucknell University on a football scholarship from 1973-1977, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Teaching. While at Bucknell, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and he dually lettered in baseball and football. In 1974 he received the Stuart M. Smith ’38 Memorial Award for Outstanding Newcomer as a quarterback. Multiple times he was awarded the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the week and listed on their weekly honor roll. Additionally, he cemented the legacy of his #15 jersey by being awarded the Keating-Rieu Memorial Award for Outstanding Player vs. Colgate University in 1975 and was recognized as an Associated Press Honorable Mention Division 1 AA All-American Quarterback in 1975. In 1976 he was appointed as one of three captains of the football team. Bucknell Bison Athletics played a large role in Kerry’s life, and he continued to give back to the program until his death.
In the 1980’s he taught history and coached at the Portville and Otto-Eldred School Districts until he left to go into business with his father, Tom, creating Snow & Snow Oil Co., which he operated as an independent oil producer until his illness no longer allowed.
Kerry gave back to the community he loved by coaching many youth sports throughout his life, ranging from his son’s tee-ball, baseball and peewee football teams up to the varsity football level at his high school alma mater. In 2003 he was awarded Big 30 Football Coach of the Year as head coach of the Otto-Eldred Terrors. It was those old football stories, be them his own, or those from former players that could make him smile until the end of his life. Aside from coaching Kerry also served as an Otto Township Supervisor and as a member of the Big 30 Classic Committee.
Growing up Kerry loved all things nature. He looked forward to being outdoors, tending to his annual vegetable garden, fishing, camping, hunting, and time with his beloved, lifelong friends during their annual hunting camp weekends. For decades he enjoyed coin collecting and Green Bay Packer football, both loves that started in his childhood. For what would end up being his final Father’s Day he received a video message from Brett Favre himself. He looked forward to attending his grandson’s sporting events, always showed up to his granddaughter’s dance recitals with a bouquet of flowers, and made sure his youngest granddaughter knew where his favorite leek digging spots were. He frequently shared his knowledge of history with an impromptu quiz and lesson for all.
Kerry was predeceased by his father, Thomas Snow, an infant brother, Thomas Jr., his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Snow, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Carnahan.
He is survived by his mother Dolores Snow; three children, Meghan (John) Petruzzi, Marcy Snow and Kelly (Haley) Snow; three grandchildren, Luke and Kelsey Petruzzi and Kara Snow, whom he shared with former wife and friend, Amy Todd Wojcik. Additionally, Kerry is survived by his sister, Kristi (Steve) Baxter, a niece, Erica (Larry) Schneider, nephew, Kyle Milliron, and two great-nieces, Alexis and Brooklynn Schneider, along with many cousins. He also leaves behind his loving friend and longtime companion, Cheryl O’Keefe of Allegany, as well as, many childhood and community friends he considered family.
Friends may call on Monday (September 6th, 2021) at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. Rick Price and Rev. Max Simms, co-officiating. Burial will be in the Duke Center Cemetery, Duke Center, Pa.
At his request, and in addition to the services held Monday September 6th, the family will host a Celebration of Life on September 25th, 2021 at the Otto Township Firehall in Duke Center from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Kerry asked that donations be made to the Big 30 All Star Charities Classic, Inc. at Big 30, P.O. Box 82, Bradford, PA 16701 or online at www.big30football.org/ways-to-give.html.
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