MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: James A. Snow, 84, of Manchester, Mass., son of the late Lawrence Snow and Katherine Atwood Snow, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 26. Jim, or “Pinkie” as he was fondly known, was born on July 27, 1931. He was raised in Rockport. Jim was a natural athlete, who loved to swim in the quarries, ride horses, play baseball and golf.
Jim graduated Rockport High School, Class of 1949, where he played varsity baseball and basketball. He played triple-A baseball and was so proud to pitch to Ted Williams. He was honored to try out for the Boston Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher, which were highlights of his baseball career. In addition to baseball, he always had a love of golf, and it became his passion.
He met his wife Joan on a blind date and was married in Hamilton on October 12, 1953. They lived in Wenham briefly, before buying land in Manchester and, along with his father, built the home where they raised five children, welcomed six grandchildren, and resided for 57 years.
Jim attended night school at Wentworth Institute, Northeastern University, and MIT, graduating as an accomplished draftsman. He began his career at the United Shoe in Beverly, where he met his friend and partner Richard J. Pearsall. Together they founded Snow & Pearsall Associates, a machine tool company. Then they purchased G.E. Van Wert Company and grew the business for 67 years and it still operates today.
A favorite past time of the Snow family was skiing. He taught his family to ski and enjoyed being with them all at their home in Wolfeboro, N.H. He had a love of music and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with his guitar playing. Jim was an active coach for the Manchester Pony League, Town Team, and Little League. He helped established the Manchester Athletic Association.
In addition to his long-term membership at Bass Rocks Golf Club, and the Rockport Country Club, he was a member of the Manchester Bath & Tennis Club, and served as President.
One of his biggest moments occurred on October 24, 2011, at the age of 80, when he got his first and only hole-in-one at Bass Rocks on the 8th hole, 125 yard par 3. Another highlight of his life was traveling with his three sons to Scotland to play golf on the “Old Course” at St. Andrews.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 62 years, Joan Toomey Snow; two sisters, Judy Kinmond of California and Dorothy Bongette of Beverly, Mass.; his five children, James A. Snow, Jr. and his wife, Kimberly of Old Saybrook, Conn.; John L. Snow and his wife, Kirsten of North Scituate, Mass., and John’s daughter Rita J. Snow of Goffstown, N.H., Joanne S. Doneghy, her husband, J. Scott Doneghy, and their children, Catherine L. Doneghy and John W. Doneghy of Manchester, Mass., Jeff F. Snow, his wife Lisa, and their son Jake A. Snow of Ipswich, Mass., Jeanne M. Stanton, her husband, Michael J. Stanton, and their daughters, Sara J. Stanton and Emily G. Stanton of Manchester, Mass.; his godson, Eric Pearsall of Haverhill, Mass.; along with many nieces and nephews.
Please join us to celebrate a memorial for James A. Snow on Friday, November 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club located at 34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA. Burial will be private. A special thank you for the support of Care Dimensions of Danvers, Mass. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund at . Online condolences at .