On Thursday, May 20, 2021 we lost a legend as Elizabeth "Liz" Snook (Keefe), 74, passed away after a battle with cancer.
Liz was born in New York State and moved to Northeast Ohio when her father, Rev. John Keefe was called to serve at The Church in Silver Lake. She graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1965 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University in Theater.
After studying for her master's degree, Liz moved to New York City to begin her successful career as an improv actress. Between acting jobs, Liz stayed busy working as a manager at the East 58th Street Spaghetti and Macaroni Factoria, as Bunny Mother at the Playboy Club, and as a manager of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's gift shop. She loved New York City and would often reminisce about her time there, parties at Andy Warhol's apartment, nights at CBGB, and entertaining at her terrace apartment at West 75th Street and Central Park West.
As a part of the improv group The Eclectic Bunch and an improv group affiliated with Second City, Liz appeared in the pilot for Saturday Night Live. When her agent called to let her know that the show had been picked up by NBC, Liz declined the offer as she had already moved on to her next career as a cruise ship social director. After a few years cruising the world with Holland America on the SS Rotterdam, SS Veendam, and SS Statendam, she became a social director for Sitmar Cruises on the SS Fairwind, and then a social director for Carras Cruises on the MTS Daphne. It was on her last cruise ship that she met her future husband, European entertainer and Radio Caroline DJ, Paul Snook. Liz and Paul soon married and moved to Ohio to raise a family. Liz stayed at home for a few years to raise her daughters, and then she began her own apartment relocating service.
In her free time, Liz loved to take cruises all over the world, go on adventures big and small, cruise around in classic cars, explore her beloved Georgian Bay in her boat, advocate at the state level for adoption reform, play Cards Against Humanity, and to hold court on the front porch of her cottage entertaining friends with stories of her adventures, all while serving popcorn and boxed wine.
Liz absolutely loved life, and she lived it well. Liz always said that her only regret in life was not buying that apartment at the San Remo when she had the chance. She thought it would be neat to have Dustin Hoffman and Steve Martin as her neighbors.
Liz was preceded in death by parents Rev. John & Helen Keefe; and her brother John Paul Keefe. She will be deeply missed by her daughters Sarah (Steve Jackson) and Erica (Wayne Grigsby); son Jim (Mary) Alexander and their children Owen and Rosie; former husband and good friend Paul Snook; and dear friend of many years Janice Booth and her children Kris (Brandee) Justice, and Jonathan (Adam) Justice.
Many thanks to medical, surgical, and oncology teams at Western Reserve Hospital for taking such great care of Liz, and also to Liz's PCP "Dr. Hottie" (you know who you are).
A celebration in honor of Liz's life will be held at a later date at her home in Northern Ontario. In Liz's honor, just live life well.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may donate to the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy. Please note with your donation to earmark the funds to go to the Georgian Bay Biosphere.
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