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December 19, 2013

Snow remembered for always helping other people

Snow: 'Best employee town has ever had'

MARBLEHEAD — Dana Snow would always go up and down his street with a snowblower or shovel to help neighbors clear their driveways after snowstorms.

That’s most likely what he did Tuesday evening.

But police and fire departments were called to his Jersey Street home around 9:13 p.m., when Snow was found outside “unconscious, possibly having a seizure” by his wife, according to the town’s police log.

Snow, 65, was later pronounced dead after responders tried to revive him on the scene and he was taken to a hospital. He was clearing snow at the time of the call, said Selectman Harry Christensen, Snow’s cousin.

Snow retired as the town’s Department of Public Works director in April 2010. He served as the head of both the water and sewer departments since 1983, with highway responsibilities added in 2007. He recently worked for Maestranzi Bros., an outdoor power-equipment company in Beverly.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay (1969-70) during the Vietnam War and participated in the Cambodian incursion. Snow was honored by the town this Veterans Day for his service.

Police and fire officials would not comment yesterday on the incident or a possible cause of death.

The flag was lowered to half-staff at several municipal buildings in his honor yesterday.

Christensen said he saw Snow around 6 p.m. Tuesday getting ready to start snowblowing — and he was likely helping his neighbors as he always did. Christensen gave a friendly shout to his cousin as he drove down Jersey Street during the storm.

“He is well-known for clearing his own driveway and then going around the neighborhood and helping other people,” Christensen said. “That is what Dana Snow is all about — giving, giving, giving.”

Snow was recalled yesterday as a “true American” and proud parent who loved his work, helping others and had a great sense of humor. He loved to golf and travel and always had a smile on his face, his family and friends said.

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