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Fiji legend Philip Snow passes on

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, June 10, 2012

A LEGEND in Fiji's colonial landscape, Philip Snow passed away at his residence in England last Wednesday.

Mr Snow, 96, was a well-known colonial administrator and cricketer most famous for captaining the 1970 national team on its successful tour of New Zealand in 1948.

The team included Ratu Sir George Cakobau and Ratu Sir Edward Cakobau and was graded first class by the International Cricket Council.

He also shared a close friendship with the late Fijian statesman Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, who later gave the name "Vuikaba" to Mr Snow's daughter, Stephanie Vuikaba Snow. Mr Snow also had long tenures of service with the colonial government and Fiji cricket.

Distinguished linguist Paul Geraghty said Mr Snow was an amazingly gifted man.

"Most important of all, he never lost his love of Fiji and he once told me his stay in Fiji was the best time of his life, after he left in the 1950s he was fated never to return," he said.

Mr Geraghty said Mr Snow would show his best hospitality to anyone with ties to Fiji who crossed paths with him.

"He made up for not returning to Fiji by welcoming anyone into his house that had links to Fiji. This included sports teams, government ministers and soldiers who happened to visit England, he had a visitors book at his residence and this was full of the names of Fijians who had visited him."