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Robert C. K. Snow
June 18, 1952 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Robert Charles Kirk Snow, known affectionately to family and friends as both "Bob" and "Kirk," died unexpectedly on November 24. He was 71 and lived in Lincoln.
Born in Providence, Bob was raised in Pawtucket, a city whose history and lore he assiduously collected and absorbed, making him the go-to repository of local knowledge for everyone in his family and circle of friends. He was the son of Francis J. Snow and Agnes E Snow (Kirk), and attended St. Raymond's Elementary School and LaSalle Academy.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in Health and Physical Education, Bob pursued a long and fruitful career as a teacher and educational administrator at various districts throughout the state, from Wakefield to Cumberland. Initially, he taught science at schools in Pawtucket, before shifting around 1980 to a focus on public health and joining the pioneering, nationally-acclaimed Pawtucket Heart Health Program.
It was also about this time that Bob returned to school himself, with the intent of deepening his ability to help and serve the community. He eventually obtained a pair of master's degrees, one in Public Health from Boston University and the other in Education from the University of Rhode Island.
The remainder of his academic career was spent mostly as a school administrator, though he also did a stint as a college instructor of education courses. He was an assistant principal in South Kingstown and later served as the principal of public schools in Cumberland and Cranston. He also coached basketball in Pawtucket and track at Lincoln High School before retiring in the mid 2000s due to health considerations.
With his ruddy complexion, luxurious white beard, gruff voice and hearty manner, Bob found a second, seasonal, calling as a Santa Claus every December, most notably at Providence Place Mall. For many years, thousands of children in Rhode Island and Massachusetts would sit on his lap and shyly confide to him their Christmas hopes and wishes. "Santa Snow" stored his multiple red-and-white St. Nick's costumes at home in Lincoln, and took a special satisfaction in providing his services for charity events, churches and community groups. In addition, he was a member of the Arnold Mills Parade Committee, and occasionally marched as Santa in their July 4 parade.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Anna Maria (Amaral) and his son Kirk Amaral Snow (Andrea Sherrill Evans), of Baltimore. He also leaves behind two steadfast younger sisters, Beth Ann Tait (John) and Mary-Frances Snow (David Gwizdowski), and many cousins.
Throughout his adult life, Bob struggled with diabetes and other health problems, which he endured stoically, and his long, successful and multi-faceted career constituted a triumph over adversity. After retiring, he underwent a kidney transplant; in an extraordinary act of love and generosity, the new kidney was donated by none other than his sister Mary Fran. It was a perfect match, and from that point on, Bob became an advocate for renal health awareness, and sometimes wore a T-shirt that proclaimed "This Is What A Transplant Patient Looks Like."
A private memorial will be held this weekend; no other services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's name to the National Kidney Foundation or, in honor of his many years as a Santa Claus, to Toys for Tots. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements with Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.