SNOW - Barry L. (Snowball), 73, Sidman went peacefully to his reward after a valiant battle following cardiac arrest.
Born February 16, 1950 to Esther (Chilton) and William Snowball of South Fork, he is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, David Helsel, Dick Helsel, Cliff Helsel and Linda McQuaide; and sisters-in-law, Pearl Helsel (Dave) and Jane Helsel (Dan).
He is survived by loving wife Linda (Becantich) of 15 years; siblings, Dan Helsel and William Snowball Jr.; sisters-in-law, Betty Helsel (Dick) and Charlotte Helsel (Cliff); brother-in-law, Stan McQuaide, daughters, Stacy Snowball; and Cortney (Snowball) Langerholc (Wayne); granddaughters, Brittnie Piemonte, Alexis Panick, Sydney Langerholc, Madison Snowball, Zoe Langerholc, Morgan Langerholc; and many cousins.
Barry was a graduate of Forest Hills High School and the Electronics Institute of Pittsburgh. He began work in 1971 at General Electric as an electronic technician, and soon thereafter took a position at Philip Morris in Richmond Virginia in 1973 where he would stay until his retirement in 2005 as an electrical maintenance supervisor. He made a bold move to St. Augustine, Florida after retirement, where he met his wife, Linda. He lived life to the fullest always recognizing the presence of beauty that abounded around him. His infectious smile, crystal blue eyes and outgoing personality ensured he could easily strike up a conversation with a stranger that led to friendship. He was an avid traveler and connoisseur of fine foods, but could always be talked into a “burger and fries.” He loved the Lord dearly and would share his faith and belief in the power of prayer with anyone. Talented with the brush, he painted with intense purpose subjects of still life, animals, and portraits. If one were lucky enough to be gifted a painting of his, it was certain to be emblazoned with a note to scripture - a further testament to his love of the Lord. He loved his family above all else and was overjoyed at finally moving home to Pennsylvania where he looked forward to spending time with his friends and relatives. He will be missed beyond measure. A life well lived is a life of service to others and no man is a failure who has friends. This was demonstrably shown in his final week through the visits, prayers, messages, calls and correspondence by those whose life he had impacted.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., South Fork.
Visitation at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at South Fork First Evangelical Church, the Reverend Randy Landman presiding.
Funeral will be broadcast live beginning at approximately 10:50 a.m. Friday at the link below:
Private interment, South Fork Cemetery.
In oceans deep my faith will stand, when oceans rise my soul will rest in your embrace, bless me now with your fierce tears. Banzai.