Snell, Terry B.A., M.Ed.

Snell, Terry B.A., M.Ed
On April 5, 2020, at home after a hard fought grueling battle with pancreatic cancer,
with his family by his side. Born on October 12, 1946 in Romford Essex, England.
Predeceased by his parents John Snell and Rosemary Peace and his brother
Christopher. Beloved husband of 47 years of Lynn (Allen-Laroche). Loving father of
Trevor Andrew(Nicole) and Tara Lynn(Tom). Treasured grandfather of Daniel,
Lauren, Charlotte, Hudson and step grandfather of Josh and Noah. Terry was loved
by many nieces and nephews.
In 1957 Terry immigrated with his parents and they lived for many years in
Alderwood Etobicoke and he attended Alderwood Collegiate. After graduation from
York University, he worked at S&C Electric, followed by a career in education as a
consultant, teacher and administrator with the DPCDSB.
Terry taught at St. Mary’s in Brampton, Pierre Laporte in Mississauga and Holy
Cross in Malton. He was also Vice Principal at St. Charles Garnier, Mississauga,
Principal of Our Lady of the Airways, Malton, Principal of St. Jerome in Mississauga
and Founding Principal of Father Daniel Zanon in Mississauga from 2000 until his
retirement in 2006.
Terry was an avid reader, history buff, gardener and a dog lover who took special
pride in the life he afforded his children, which was vastly different from his early
upbringing in post war England. The backyard pool on Ballyclare holds countless
memories for many. He was also an admirer of Winston Churchill, John Charles,
Yvan Cournoyer and an advocate of women’s hockey in Canada, where he was the
Treasurer with the Mississauga Girls Hockey league for over a decade.
During his retirement, Terry worked for Accu-Plus and the Law Society of Ontario.
A special thank you to friends, ole and new, to the nursing staff at the BGH Cancer
Clinic, the home care nurses and aids who assisted with home hospice care.
A celebration of life will be announced when our present health crisis subsides. In
these difficult times, in lieu of flowers, donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, an organization close to Terry’s heart, or the Stedman Community
Hospice in Brantford would be appreciated.
“Keep buggering on”

11 replies
  1. Ky-Thao Le
    Ky-Thao Le says:

    I have been looking for Mr. Snell for a long time. He was the top 3 educators I’ve ever had. It has been painful process to find out that I’m this late. I never got to thank him for being the man he was. It greatly influenced who I became. I genuinely wish that I could sit down with him, decades since he was my principal at FDZ and just let him know how he impacted my life, my career and how I overcame adversity.

  2. Tharmiha Thangarajah
    Tharmiha Thangarajah says:

    Mr Snell was very nice loving caring principal at Father Denial Zanon at elementary school May rest and pest ♥♡★.

  3. Tim and Ginny Hill
    Tim and Ginny Hill says:

    Tara, Tom and family , you are in our thoughts at this very sad time.
    May the memories you have Tara , of a wonderful upbringing give you peace. It is so lucky you have been able to spend so much time with your Dad during this difficult year. Our sympathy to your Mom and immediate family as well. We love you, Tim and Ginny

  4. Maria Fata
    Maria Fata says:

    Sincere condolences, Lynn and family.
    Terry was an amazing human being who regularly reminded us not to take ourselves so seriously. Working with him was educational and enjoyable.
    Even in retirement, he enjoyed socializing with former colleagues over fish and chips or the phone.
    He will be greatly missed by many.
    May you take comfort in the knowledge that his struggle has ended and he is at peace.
    Don & Maria

  5. Rina Nerlingieti
    Rina Nerlingieti says:

    To Terry’s family,
    I enjoyed working with Terry; we both opened new schools at the same time and sharing information made it easier and fun for both of us. He is sadly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family
    ♥️ Rina Nerlingieri

  6. Christine Coelho Colliopoulos
    Christine Coelho Colliopoulos says:

    So sorry Tara and family. May he Rest In Peace and be your guiding light always ❤️

  7. Thanoj Thangarajah
    Thanoj Thangarajah says:

    Mr. Snell was my principal at Father Daniel Zanon. He loved all of his students and someone I will never forget. His retirement was a sad day for us all. May his loving soul Rest In Peace.

  8. Mary McIsaac
    Mary McIsaac says:

    I had the honour of working with Terry when we opened Fater Daniel Zanom as his Special ed. Teacher the was fortunate enough to become his vice principal! The entire community were blessed to have such an amazing leader at the helm!
    He treated everyone equally and truly ran a school with the the advice and input of all stakeholders! I eventually became a principal and with me brought all the gifts that Terry had taught me…always keep the staff happy…love the children and enjoy your job! It was these gifts that allowed me to be part of heart warming loving schools….because of what Terry had bestowed on me! The Dufferin Peel community has lost a legend that will forever grace the pages of their history! I am proud to have had Terry not only as my mentor but my friend! Rest in peace Terry our love will always be with you!!

  9. Michelle Coutinho
    Michelle Coutinho says:

    It pains me to imagine a world without Terry in it. He was a great man, and a good man. He had an impact on every single person he met. I know that I would not be the person I am today if I had not had Terry in my life. I am heartbroken, and I know many other are too. While his loss makes me cry, his memory makes me smile. He was so loved and will be missed greatly.

  10. Gina Chiola-Nakai
    Gina Chiola-Nakai says:

    My deepest condolences to Lynn and family. Terry will always be remembered in my heart by his great stature and rational words of wisdom. I truly enjoyed working for him at Father Daniel Zanon School. May his memory live on in our hearts. ????


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