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Bar News - April 4, 2008

Concord Says Farewell to Ron Snow

Ron Snow at the US Supreme Court
Concord attorney and community leader Ronald L. Snow died March 14 after a brief illness. He was 72 years old.

At Snow’s funeral mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church in Concord on March 19, Ron’s priest and friend Rev. Peter Boucher, spoke of his compassion, his generosity and his modesty. "Ron was there for whoever needed him," said Boucher, "but he stayed in the background."

Boucher said the church could always go to Ron whenever there was a need of any kind. "Ron—we will miss you," he concluded.

Snow attended Dartmouth College, attaining national ranking as a debater. He received his law degree from Yale in 1961 and joined the NH Bar that same year. While at Yale, he earned the Caskie Prize for trial competition.

He was the senior director and shareholder of the Orr & Reno law firm, where he practiced for 46 years, and was a leader in numerous civic and legal organizations throughout his career. He was a 20-year trustee of the Wm. Gile Trust, a two-term president of the ballot law committee and a founder of the Board of Trial Lawyers and of the Inns of Court. He also spoke at many CLEs.

William (Bill) Chapman who worked with Snow at Orr & Reno gave the eulogy at Snow’s memorial service. "All of us were blessed by his friendship," said Chapman. "We are here today to remember and celebrate his life."

Chapman described Snow as the "consummate advocate—a lawyer’s lawyer." He said that Ron was a gifted student and athlete in his younger days and in later years took his beloved grandchildren to Red Sox and Patriots’ games. Snow also loved golf and was a longtime member of the Concord Country Club.

Ron loved music (jazz was his particular favorite) and shared that love with his grandchildren, taking them to concerts. Jazz was his particular favorite. In fact, the recessional song at his funeral mass was, "Take the A Train."

Snow was an accomplished magician and charmed children and adults alike with his coin tricks. In fact, he had many rich accomplishments that he shared with his friends and family and, "the quality of his life was reflected in his deeds," said Chapman. "He was a doer of good deeds," who asked only one thing of himself—excellence.

As to his life in the law, "Ron was a supporter and participant in mediation—it was exhibit A in his life," said Chapman. "He was always thoroughly prepared and was a very good mediator." An involved parent himself, he wrote two books for parents on drug abuse among teen-agers.

Snow was a model of civility to his fellows. Chapman said, "He was always concerned about everyone involved in a case, including the clerical staff and even those who brought the coffee. He noticed the little things and always said, ‘Thank you.’"

Ron is mourned by his wife of nearly 47 years, Mary Ellen Snow; two sons, Mark and Ronald; a daughter, Lisa Snow; numerous grandchildren; a sister, Linda Provencal; nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

In concluding his remarks, Chapman quoted from an article which Snow wrote for Success Briefs for Lawyers, Inspirational Insights on How to Succeed at Law and Life. His article was titled, "Dear Grandson, with Regard to Becoming a Lawyer…." and concludes:

"In summary, law still is a noble profession, worthy of the best efforts of the best people. It’s not meant for everyone, but if you choose it and treat it with respect, it will be rewarding. The main thing you will need to consider in entering the profession of law is whether your primary goal is to serve others. Come to think of it, that is the main thing you will need to consider no matter what career you choose. I have learned that acts of kindness are the ultimate measures of one’s success, and in turn, one’s happiness. My dear grandson, I wish you much happiness."

On behalf of our colleague, Ronald L. Snow, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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