William Donald "Bill" Snelgrove, age 84,  died March 10, 2015 at 1:20pm at his home.


A memorial service will be 4:00 PM Monday at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Born November 13, 1930 in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. He moved with his family to Hamilton, Ontario in 1942 and received his education in Hamilton including two years at McMaster University and a correspondence degree in Industrial Cost Accounting.


He met Grace JoAnne Lowry in amateur theatre. They married July 21, 1962, and enjoyed  52+ years together; she was a great wife, mother and nurse.


He moved to Belvedere, Illinois April 1964 to take position as CFO for Belvedere Products, Inc. Bill joined Rotary in April 1972. He moved the family to Kalamazoo, MI in 1979 to work for PRAB Inc. In May of 1996 he  moved to Southern Pines to escape 65 years of freezing temperatures and snow.  In July 1997 he and his wife became U.S Citizens. Bill loved his retirement town of Southern Pines and contributed generously to the community.


He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Ward.


Bill and the love of his life raised 2 children: Michael, of Florida and Anne of Charlotte, NC.


Memorials may be made to any of the following: Brownson Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 330 S. May Street, Southern Pines, NC 283287; Moore County Historical Association, P.O. Box 324, Southern Pines, NC 28388; Rotary International Foundation, C/O Rotary Club of Southern Pines, P.O. Box 2023, Southern Pines, NC 28388.


Powell Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Condolences: PinesFunerals.com

Memories Timeline


  1. I will miss Bill! For several years I worked with him at the Southern Pines Rotary Club meetings. He was the secretary, and I was the treasurer. Bill was a delight to be around. Understandably, everyone liked him.

  2. Dear Grace,

    It was with great sadness to hear of Bill’s death. I have such good memories of Bill when we worked together in real estate, a fellow Rotarian, Elk, and Southern Pines neighbor. You and Bill were such a power couple….always look

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