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Daniel Snell

Daniel Snell

Friday, October 8th, 1976 Monday, May 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Daniel James Snell

Daniel our "Gladiator"

Daniel Snell will be remembered for his strength, infectious smile, engaging personality, and his insatiable appetite for candy and sushi.

On May 18th 2020, at the age of 43, he succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer which he fought courageously for just over 7 months.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife Tanya and their 6-year-old son Maximus. Their loss and grief are shared by his parents Ann and John, his siblings Anthony and Joanna, and a lengthy list of extended family, in-laws, friends, and work colleagues in Canada and his grandpa Snell, together with many uncles, aunts and cousins in England.

Daniel was born in Southampton, England, and emigrated with his family to Canada in 1982, settling in Kelowna BC, before moving to Vancouver, his home for over 30 years.

Daniel captured the hearts of many with his piano playing. He had the magical talent to play by ear and always seemed able to find an abandoned piano and spontaneously entertain the passers by that were captivated by his free spirit.

Daniel had many passions in life, but his most prevalent core values were family, socializing, being active, and the great outdoors. His people skills were extraordinary and folks of all ages would warm to his charm and charismatic nature.

Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, biking and snowboarding, were all high on his activity list, and you could bet Elton John or Cold Play could be heard in the background.

Music was also likely heard in the background while he studied and developed academically. Daniel became qualified to pursue a career in Civil Structural Engineering, which was to become his second home. He had a natural flair for auto-cad, technical drawing and design and had just taken on the role as Discipline BIM Specialist. He poured himself into work and thrived on complex projects and tight deadlines, yet always found time to help a teammate.

Even at work, Daniel was always the devoted father and the idolization of his son Maximus is a legacy that will endure. The outpouring of compassion and respect shown toward Daniel since his passing has been both overwhelming and humbling. It provides solace to those he left behind and bears testament to his legacy.

The memory of Daniel is etched in our hearts. He is loved, will always be missed but never forgotten. May he Rest in Peace.

A celebration of life will be held once restrictions have eased and Daniel can have the gathering of family, friends and colleagues that he deserves.As an alternative to flowers, perhaps join others in the enrichment of Max Snell’s Education Fund or to the Canadian Cancer Society by following either of the links below.

In Memory of Daniel Snell - Max Snell Education Fund

BC Cancer Foundation - In loving memory of Daniel Snell

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A celebration of life will be held once restrictions have eased and Daniel can have the gathering of family, friends and colleagues that he deserves.As an alternative to flowers, perhaps join others in the enrichment of Max Snell’s Education Fund or to the Canadian Cancer Society by following either of the links in the obituary.

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Robbie Walker

Dear Dano,
I am so sorry this has taken so long to write. I have been trying to find the right words to say and express how I feel, when the words don't really say it. I have started this several times and all I have got to is;
how special all our moments are.
We hugged; and said goodbye, 3 months ago. Happy, and appreciative (as always), to have shared our time together and with our families.
Then, the world turned upside lockdown and I never see you again.
You remain, and will always be in my heart and mind, Dano. Such a wonderful, caring human - You were a diamond geeza!!! I feel blessed to have been your friend and will miss you.
All my love,
Chops xo
Comment | Posted at 01:16pm via Condolence

Mary Katherine Walker

I will miss you Dano!

Love Harry xo
Comment | Posted at 05:57pm via Condolence

Robin Snell

Love Auntie Maggie, Uncle Rob, cousins Katie, Ben, Sam and partners Richie, Laura and Natalie from England. Always a special place in our hearts.
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Robin Snell planted 5 memorial trees for Daniel Snell
Comment | Posted at 07:19am via Memorial Tree


He sails –

underneath the warm ceiling of cerulean blue,
the calm rippling tide, mirrors the vibrant hue
he shares his space, with the creatures below,
crustaceans, coral – barely colliding from the undertow
the orchestral clapping continues - of boat and wave,
a beautiful crescendo - echoing inside watery caves

he manipulates, manoeuvres – majestic moments in sight,
longitude, latitudinal accounts - plotting persists in plight
he points out each nautical nuance – its realm, history,
we nod in wonderment – its mechanics, mystery
engineering, calculating – each gradual turn with skill,
heeling vibes prevail, filling his sails – velocity & thrill

we sit in awe, blankets comfort – as he works,
detailing the boat’s fanciful wonders and quirks
from bow to stern – rudder to mast,
we hold on tight – glasses half full - sailing fast
upon the glossy water’s melodic keys,
hammers striking strings – resonating on the sea

windward, leeward – hearts palpitating with speed,
the wind carries our laughter; his smile - pride indeed
the brine splashes, tickles - our auspicious moments in time,
framing each sunrise, sunset - omnipotent and sublime.


i’m devastated you’re not here anymore, Dan
but your generous spirit & love will always live in our hearts

~ all my love, katie
Comment | Posted at 07:42pm via Condolence

Auntie Pam and Auntie Pat

Tanya, Max and family, Sorry for your loss. Love your Aunites, Pam and Pat
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Auntie Pam and Auntie Pat purchased flowers for the family of Daniel Snell.
Comment | Posted at 02:22pm via Floral Arrangements

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

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