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Arnold Milton Snow
May 17, 1937 ~ August 20, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Arnold Snow (Arnie) passed away at his home, on August 20th, after a long struggle with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder). He was surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old.
Arnie was born on May 17th, 1937 in Bridgeport, Ct. He was the only child of Arnold and Ruth (Barker).
He was a graduate of Bassick High School in Bridgeport and entered the Air Force during the Korean war and served as an Airman First Class, in the special weapons unit from 1958 to 1962.
Upon his return from service, Arnie held various jobs, but it wasn’t until 1972, that he started working for PepsiCo Inc. at their World Headquarters in Purchase, NY, as a Facilities Manager. He remained at Pepsico, for 25 years, until his retirement. Arnie made many dear and lifelong friends and was well known by everyone in the “complex” as a result of his long tenure.
In 1982 Arnie married Gerri (Mosca) after they met while both working for Pepsico World Headquarters. Anyone who tells you marriage is easy is not being honest. Through life’s joys and hardships, they persevered and were married for exactly 41 years on the day of his death. They welcomed two sons, Alex and Chris, (both of Bethel, Ct) raised their family and resided, for over 30 years, in Newtown, Ct.
Since Arnie was an only child and his parents predeceased his marriage to Gerri, her “Italian” family became his family and he loved and was embraced by her Mom, Angie (who lived to be 101), his dear sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Angie & Rich Leone of Elmsford, N.Y, as well as his nephew Richard of New York City, and a myriad of cousins whom he loved spending time with because it meant an evening of camaraderie, food, wine, and most of all, laughter.
After retirement, Arnie loved to play a round of golf until a shoulder injury prevented him from swinging a club. Even then, he sought part time work on the grounds of the Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, Ct.
Arnie was not a fan of cold weather and loved their annual winter family trips to warm, tropical climates and he visited many tropical islands and sunny destinations. In the summer, he loved lounging poolside at his home in Newtown. Their Newtown residence was often the “hub” of parties, holidays, celebrations of any kind. If there was an event to be celebrated and a location needed, it was at “the Snow’s house”. He was a story teller and could always be heard relating a funny story or a “risqué” joke at a party.
Arnie also was known for his daily breakfast of two cups of coffee and at least one donut – preferably Jelly. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for friends and family who visited, to often include a box of donuts or a Dunkin gift card for him. Over the years their home also included a variety of pets, mostly rescue, which started with a miniature poodle he purchased, as a surprise gift for Gerri, when they began dating. Since then their household has seen any number of dogs, cats, fish, and even society finches taking residence. In 2013, with an empty nest, they downsized first to Danbury and then in December of 2020, to their present home in Bethel.
Arnie was pre-deceased by his first wife, Beverly (Callahan). They had one Daughter, Denise (Calzone) of Milford, Ct.
Besides his three children, (Denise Calzone, Alex Snow, and Chris Snow), Arnie is also survived by two grandchildren, Jessica Calzone of Atlanta, Ga, and Matthew Calzone of New Haven, Ct.
The family would like to thank Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Services, for the care and support that they provided over these past several months to both Arnie and his family. Special thanks to his regular nurse, Jessica; his social worker, Linda; and his aide Yhon. Also many thanks to Sandy, who stayed and supported Arnie and his family through the journey of his last day.
Danbury Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. A celebration of life will be held at a future date to be determined by the family.
Contributions, in his name, may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; BeCause 4 Paws, New Milford, Ct; or Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Service (RVNA Health), Ridgefield, Ct; or simply by performing an act of kindness in his memory.