Sue was born in Southport in 1946. She grew up with her parents, Marie and Ted, and younger sister, Avril.
As a child, Sue was a devoted older sister. She spent much of her time reading, but her passion was dancing and she became an extremely accomplished ballerina!
After leaving school, Sue found a job in the local town working for Boots the chemist. She was a sociable young woman and soon carved out a promising career in the beauty industry. She trained as a hair and nail beautician and also enjoyed working as a barmaid in a local hotel, which is where she met her future husband, Paul.
They had lots of shared passions – particularly music. Alongside their day jobs, Sue and Paul fast became a dynamic duo and set up a DJ business catering for weddings and night clubs at the weekends.
After several years of living in the North, Paul’s job brought them down to London, where their daughter, Claire was born. They loved her to bits and she was the centre of their world. As Claire grew up, the family stayed in Sheen. Sue was a devoted mother and also spent several years working in Dickins and Jones where she enjoyed meeting new people and showcasing her talent and passion for knitting. Together, Sue, Paul and Claire shared their like-minded passion for music and dance and could often be found wiling away many hours at the record player or watching musicals and dance shows.
Five years ago and after 40 happy years of marriage, Paul sadly died during a heart operation. This was a big shock to Sue and she found herself carving out a new beginning without her lifelong other half but she was determined to keep on going and found solace in spending time with her family, and doting on her grandson, Jack.
Sadly, Sue suffered a massive stroke and in her inimitable style – she battled on, for several months, before tragically passing away in her nursing home.
Son-in-law, James will miss Sue’s sense of humour. She always had a quip ready for any occasion – especially if it related to the North / South cultural divide! She even asked him to help her escape outside for a coffee and cigarette whilst recovering in hospital!
Claire will miss her Mum immensely and in particular their endless chats where they often put the world to rights! She will even miss their differences of opinion on numerous subjects. Claire will be void of a shopping buddy and someone to share Jack’s accomplishments with, but most of all she will miss their special mother-daughter bond.
Jack, too, has many happy memories of spending time with his Grandma. They were very close and had their own secret world. Both Sue and Paul were especially devoted to Jack and, as their only grandchild, he received their undivided love and attention. They could often all be found having a picnic in the park and playing football for hours on end.
We are very sad that Sue wasn’t able to spend a few more years with us. However, we find comfort in the fact that she will now be at peace, finally reunited with Paul.
We will all miss you very much Sue. You were a loving and kind mother, daughter, wife, grandma, sister, aunty, friend and so much more!
To Mum, from Claire
I have so much to say and I don’t know where to begin so I thought I’d keep it brief and talk straight from the heart;
We laughed, we cried, we fought, we loved, and we shared special moments and memories.
But most of all, we were friends with a special bond who knew the wonder of unconditional love. Thank you for that.
I will miss you, always.
With Love from your Bright Star ⭐️
To Grandma, from Jack
I’m really going to miss my grandma because she:
– Made me laugh.
– Made me smile.
– Cooked me lovely food.
– Took care of my cat.
– Took me to the park.
– Was silly and fun.
– Played Monopoly and Scrabble with me.
– Took care of me when I was unwell or sad.
– But most of all… I know she loved me a lot, and I loved her too.
Chopin Waltz No. 1 – Lang Lang
George Ezra- Beautiful dream
Stevie Wonder- you are the sunshine of my Life
Susan Snopek sadly passed away on 26th April 2020. A small private funeral service was held on 6th May at Mortlake Crematorium.