Tony Snow Passes Away (1955-2008)

Former White House press secretary Tony Snow died today of colon cancer at age 53. Last summer in an article for Christianity Today, Snow gave testimony of his Christian faith and spoke of the unexpected blessings of cancer.

The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world shorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies …

We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us—that we acquire purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God’s love for others. Sickness gets us partway there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy …

I sat by my best friend’s bedside a few years ago as a wasting cancer took him away … His gift was to remind everyone around him that even though God doesn’t promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity …

What is man that Thou art mindful of him? We don’t know much, but we know this: No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us, each and every day, lies in the same safe and impregnable place—in the hollow of God’s hand.

Snow is survived by his wife, Jill Ellen Walker, whom he married in 1987; their son, Robbie; and daughters, Kendall and Kristi.


  1. Margaret says:

    Today on Christian radio, Focus on the Family re-played a taped interview with Tony Snow, when he first became the White House Press Secretary. At the time, he had come through his first bout of cancer. His testimony was reamarkable, and showed his strong faith, not afraid of dying, but the inevitable sadness of leaving family behind. I think that speaks for all of us as Christians.

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