Jennifer Sullivan Snow was innocent and spontaneous — the type of person who”didn’t possess it in her” to pass by someone needing assistance, according to her younger brother. “She had been incredibly caring,” explained Chad Sullivan.
On her way there, the 33-year-old stopped to assist at the scene of a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway.
That act of kindness was the final of her life. She was generous”not only with her friends and family, but random strangers,” Sullivan said. “Anyone she met became an immediate friend.
“She had just such a gorgeous outlook on life.”
Born in Fredericton, also raised on the army base in Oromocto by parents Mary-Jane Sullivan and the late Michael Sullivan, Snow had”a larger-than-life personality.”
“Each time you were around her was a fantastic time,” Sullivan explained. She along with her husband, Robert, initially met as students at Oromocto High School. After graduation, she developed a passion for travel that took her.
“She spent some time working in Australia, backpacking in Europe, she moved to Hawaii more than once… You can call her up tomorrow and say, let us go to Thailand.
“She loved the experience of it all and experiencing new places and cultures.”
She and Robert got married in Las Vegas five years ago ahead of a small group of family and friends.
“It was just one of those days you want to remember forever,” stated her father-in-law, Jim Snow.
After earning a diploma in Human Resources Management and working in HR at Edmonton, Snow was delighted to land a job back home in the New Brunswick Community College just last September.
True to her daring spirit, she stuffed among the couple’s two vehicles and drove from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Into Burton– over 4,000 kilometers — with her small dog Leroy Brown for company.
She was excited about the new job and being near family again, her brother said.
“She was very happy at that job, enjoying being home again and spending some time with our mom,” explained Sullivan.
“Her and my mom were extremely close.”
Approximately 5 p.m., Sullivan left work in Moncton for the funeral house in Oromocto. The household was paying respects to Cecil Snow, her husband’s grandfather, who had died a day or two earlier.
She texted Robert from the road that”there was a truck that only went off the road and she had ceased,” Snow said.
“That was the last time he heard from her.”
If she did not arrive in her in-laws’ home in Burton, her husband and mother exchanged increasingly stressed text messages. They called the police station in the regional hospitals and Moncton. Eventually, her father-in-law stated, an RCMP car pulled into the driveway.
“It was the worst feeling I’ve ever had. It had been unspeakable, it was unbearable,” said Snow. “I spent the day at the funeral parlor waking my dad, then to come home and have news like that dropped on your doorstep is simply horrible, awful.
“These are things that you hear about, you read, you see movies about, and you just don’t believe these things can happen. But it’s a reality. It does happen.”
Police afterward said that the Trans-Canada Highway was covered in slush Tuesday night as heavy snow changed to rain.
Near Havelock, about 50 kilometers west of Moncton, a truck had rolled into a ditch. The driver had climbed on the highway’s shoulder and was injured. According to RCMP, Sullivan and another driver stopped to help.
“Jenn did not have it in her to not stop at the side of the road to help someone,” her brother said.
“That is just who she was.”
As Sullivan and others stood on the westbound shoulder, a transport truck traveling west attempted to move into the left wing lane to prevent the vehicles.
The truck then “jack-knifed,” police said. The trailer hit all three individuals standing.
Sullivan died at the scene, according to RCMP.
“It’s very unfortunate,” said Patrick Tardif, commander for the Riverview Detachment of the RCMP. “People trying to help people and this kind of thing happens.”
The drivers of the two other vehicles have been taken to hospital with severe injuries.
Snow’s funeral is scheduled to occur at 11 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 20 at St. Mary’s Chapel on Tilley Ave. at Oromocto. A household wake will be held in Oromocto on Friday.
She’s survived by her husband, Robert Snow, mother Mary-Jane Sullivan and partner Michael Spears, in-laws Jim and Sheila Snow, and many more family members and friends.
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