Jack Russell Snell RIP
Date: 19-04-2020 00:00
Type: Deceased
Section: Adults, Youth, Minis, Colts


The Club received this sad news from Ian Smith earlier today (20th April 2020).

I received a call this morning from Ashley Snell. Sadly Jack passed away at the weekend. He had been in a care home for some time and passed away peacefully in his sleep. 

I do not have any other details at the moment as the family are still coming to terms with Jack’s passing and are dealing with the paperwork which is quite difficult in the present situation.  Ashley asked me to let his friends at the club know about his passing.”

Jack Snell‘s funeral is going to be held on the 6th of May 2020 at Breakspear crematorium.  The family have decided not to stream the service however they have set up a justgiving page in Jack’s memory with the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s research UK as Jack had been suffering from this condition for the past 10 years. The family would appreciate it if Jack’s friends from the club remember him by making a donation to help others by research into this cruel disease. 

I’m sure that many people at the club who knew Jack would like to pay their respects and remember Jack as he was Stalwart of the club for many years. 

JustGiving link HERE.


Jack Snell was one of those parents who, although not raised in the rugby tradition, came to love the game and its culture, and made a great contribution to the Club. He served in a wide of variety of roles off the field and was justly decorated for that service by election to a Vice-Presidency. But his contribution to our lives was not merely in sorting out premises problems and organising playing kit. He had a great gift for friendship and an irrepressible cheerfulness which made any encounter with him a pleasure. That positivity was the more remarkable when you knew how he spent much of his life in the devoted care of his beloved wife who suffered from severe back pain and serious mobility problems. He was also the go-to builder for many of us at the Club whose advice and ability, passed on to Ashley and Jason, was of great benefit. When we bought our Edwardian semi in Ealing 35 years ago it was showing its age and in need of serious renovation. Trusting Jack implicitly we did something we have never dared to do before or since; we handed over the keys and disappeared with the children for three weeks in a cabin in the wilds of Sweden. This was, of course, when a mobile phone was one with a long extension cable, there was no WhatsApp filming, and we therefore had no means of checking on progress. We had no need for any apprehension. On our return we were delighted to see the house transformed as we had specified with wooden floors and built in bookshelves testimony to Jason’s carpentry skills, and still giving valuable service today. Later he did other jobs for us as well as many members of the Club. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Ashley and Jason, and the other members of his family, through whom his standards and values live on.
Rhidian Jones

Jack Snell was a truly great Ealing Rugby club man. A true legend of the clubhouse. Always smiling and up for a beer. He will be truly missed.
Oliver Miller

Was so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a true gentleman and had a fantastic sense of humour. A great Ealing Rugby man who I spent a lot of time with behind the scenes. He was an integral part of the Ealing staff who helped get the team to where it is now. Always there to help and a great friend. God bless your soul Jack RIP.
Paul Jackson

Jack was one of the greats. He was always there at the club supporting all of us without judgment. 

Jack was a great club man, an amazing team manager, and a friend who always kept you honest.
I raise a large glass to Jack, God be with you.
Mike Whitney

Such sad news to hear of Jack’s passing. He embodied all that is great about our club. He was always a pleasure to be around, friendly, passionate about the club, so committed and incredible loyal and honest. 

I have very fond memories of the days of the Junior Colts when Jack first appeared bringing his son Jason down to join the club. Truly the beginning of a something special so god bless you and thank you Jack.
Les O'Gorman

Jack was the epitome of what it meant to be a part of Ealing. He wore his green and white striped tie each week with pride. In his time as 1st XV team manager there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the lads. He always turned up with a bumper bag of Jelly Babies. His favourite offering though was a fisherman’s friend. He would walk around the changing room pre-match offering everyone one. Not sure many people took him up on it. My best memory of Jack though came against Bridgewater away. He’d gone out of the changing rooms to fill up the water bottles just as Mike Cudmore started one of his rousing speeches, which no doubt was filled with expletives. Just as Cudders was reaching the peak of his speech. Wham! Jack opened the door and smashed into Mike knocking him forwards. Most people would’ve got a slap, but not Jack. Mike turned around, anger diffused by seeing Jack’s face. “Oh it was you Jack!” What a club legend! Rest in Peace Jack!
Jay King

What a legend, when he stepped back from his duties, he was missed greatly.

Fond memories:
Thursday nights gate crashing the 1st team meetings to drop of the pads in changing rooms.
He would always be there early on a match day to have a nice calm chat with,  and he would be the last person to leave after collecting the kit and handing out the meal vouchers.
As young players he looked after us, made our time at Ealing even more memorable and always had a good story to tell.
RIP Jack 
Joe Price

I will always have fond memories of Jack. He was already part of the management when I joined in 2001 and helped to make me feel at home straightaway. He was such a lovely bloke and always had loads of time for us players. He seemed to always be busy, constantly helping and keeping the club ticking. He had a great sense of humour and was always chirpy, it was great to have a pint with him after a game.

He’s already sorely missed. RIP Jack.
Adam Hulmston

Jack was one in a million, always smiling, friendly and willing to help in any way. Have great memories of this great man, Rest in peace Jack.
Daniel Walsh

When the sun shined at Vallis Way, as it often did, Jack and his bespoke Ealing Rugby Club waistcoat always used to make proud to be a member of a true community set up. 

Jack was a lovely man whose dedication and love for Ealing RUFC knew no limits. He managed the club’s second team during its most successful period and was truly one of the guys, attending every game and even unofficial touring parties to Edinburgh. 

I am saddened at jack’s passing and extend condolences to his family. Most of all I am grateful to have known Jack in rugby and in life and to have shared victory and laughter with him. 
Jon Harrison

Loved Jack! He was team manager for us in 2006/7
Corné du Rand

Jack Snell was a truly great Ealing Rugby club man. A true legend of the clubhouse. Always smiling and up for a beer. He will be truly missed
Oliver Miller

I wasn’t at the club too long but Jack was the beating heart and friendly face of the club for me. So very supportive and welcoming, always there to share in your personal wins and losses with his bright outlook. A very pure soul who I looked out for every time I came back to visit. My deepest condolences to the family of this wonderful man.
Tom Parker (2002-4)
Tom Parker

Very sad news to read. Jack was part of the management team of the 2nd XV when I first arrived from NZ , he was very welcoming and always had time for a chat.

My thoughts and prayers with his family during this difficult time.

RIP Jack
Leighton Norman

I remember Jack fondly from the days when his son, Jason and I played in the u17s. He was a smashing bloke with a great sense of humour, who supported us every-week come rain or shine.
Andy Golding

Jack was a kind hearted and honest man who, when I worked along side him at the club, always made me smile. His help was invaluable and he gave me and the club so much. We shared some special rugby times together.

God bless you Jack rest in peace Mike, Stephanie, Louise, Craig and Tom Cudmore
Mike Cudmore

This is truly sad news as Jack was a great man and went above and beyond for a lot of boys of my generation at Ealing.
Jonathan Haigh

So sorry to hear about Jack Snell this morning condolences to his family.
Gerald Davies

I am so sad to hear that news. Jack was a great bloke and servant of the club for years. He will be missed.
Paul Monteith

That’s sad news. Jack was a good club man. Always helped out with the kit, mini bus driving and at the old club, he used to fill that massive bath in time for a post match dip!

Sad to see him go.
Bill Miller

I was very sorry to hear of Jack passing away. He was a stalwart at the club and the meat raffle was legendary (and mentioned in my best man’s speech!). He helped out with some stuff at my mum’s and we chatted about looking after someone close who was dependent. He truly was, in his understated way, a diamond geezer.
Chandra Sekar

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