To me, Tony Snow was one of the nicest journalists you would ever want to know. He seemed to have a heart for the people, the nation, and family. He had such a nice disposition, no matter to whom he was talking or what he was talking about.
President Bush said Saturday that he and first lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by Snow's death.
"The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character," the president said in a statement.
"It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day."
Tony Snow was the second in his family to have colon cancer. His own Mother died at the age of 38 from colon cancer.
I really enjoyed the time that Tony Snow was White House Press Secretary. He just brought to it a professionalism and a touch of caring that showed threw that smile of his. I felt, when he left, that perhaps he was leaving, not because of not enjoying the job and not entirely because of the money. I really felt he was leaving to have more time with his family. And I am sure the family loved having Tony home more with them.
Tony was also a great musician. The following comes from Wikipedia:
Snow was an avid musician. He played the trombone, flute, piccolo, accordion, saxophone, and guitar, and belonged to a cover band, Beats Workin', which featured fellow Washington-area professionals. Beats Workin' played publicly with a number of rock bands, including Snow's friends Skunk Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. He was featured on an episode of VH1 Classic's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.
This is indeed a sad day for America and his family. Not only has America lost a great journalist, but his family have lost a son, husband and father. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today. I know what it is to lose a father, and it stays with you. You always wonder what might have been, wishing he could have been around to see your grandchildren or their children. The love you had for him and the memories will live on.