Fondly remembering Muskoka’s Jason Snoddon.
Remembering entertainer, Jason William Snoddon, who was born on March 28th, 1974 at South Muskoka Hospital (now MAHC Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare) to parents Bill and Judy Snoddon and was a big brother to the late Mark Snoddon, Grandson to Jim and Grace Taverner as well to Raymond and Marjorie Snoddon.
Jason also loved to wear hats which began at the age of 3 and Jason had an addictively vivid imagination inside an artistic personality with a super-strong will.
His love of music truly began as he learned guitar at 12 years of age and never looked back, all thanks to a dear friend Jamie and Jamie’s dad Jim, who taught them both guitar back then. Jason wrote several songs as well, where he could open up and express his feelings through song all the while loving to perform inside several bands.
He graduated from BMLSS – Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School and was employed at Dura Automotive for 13 years.
His passion for cooking led him to take classes in culinary arts where he would cook for his family and friends, especially at Christmas time.
Jason’s contribution to the music scene was stupendous, he performed in many acts and he was matured beyond his years. Way back, his first rock band consisted of some neighborhood kids with cardboard or wooden guitars as they lip-synced to Michael Jackson. He shared his talents deep inside bands like Box Set, BAG, Soil, Have Mic Will Travel, Led Finger, Snowman (solo project/recordings). I clearly remember how Jay always wore bandanas, chains, vests, his long hair, and leather bracelets emulating his rock star look where he was fondly known by his stage name, Led Finger, always playing his heart out. “To truly capture Jason Snodden live was like capturing an infinite measure, both a creative workbook and an authoritative musical reference. Jason’s stage presence was a profoundly moving and pertinent one. His perfected measurements of rhythm and supportive harmony played a crucial role in defining the rock n roll sound of Muskoka’s music culture and he was a highly sought-after artist that was a valuable industry team player, with an all-around musical presence. No matter how many shows you attended, it’s like your finger is on the pause button, truly never veering from his trademark sound especially the blues with his slide LED FINGER,” expressed Deb
He was 1 determined heart that always conquered his fears like amusement parks, heights, flying, and yes, even death. Jason was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer in March 2006 but never gave up, never complained, and would not accept defeat even though he passed away on June 22, 2007, at just 33 years young, losing his courageous battle with cancer.
1 of the fond fundraisers that were held at the Centennial Centre in Bracebridge, on July 22, 2006, for Jason Snoddon. Seen in the video with Acrimony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDtKL9n3uHE
Jason (Jayson) Snoddon performing https://m.youtube.com/user/ledfingar/featured
Jason always shared, “When it’s the darkest, you see the stars.” His heart, talent, kindness, and joy always shone brightly as he touched each of us in different ways as he taught us to try to appreciate the small things in life and about nature, to always treasure the special value of LOVE as he did with his friends and family.
This impact he made in our lives and the mark he left was shown proudly at his Celebration of Life held on June 28, 2007, when more than 800 people attended the service at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds. It was a wonderful tribute to his life with music played by his closest peers, and family, stories shared, photos of happy times, love, laughter, and fellowship led by Rev. Susan Woods and Rev. James Thompson.
I will always remember Jason as a kind, intelligent, warm, and very easy to chat to soul, who loved to smile and engage as he was truly interested in what others had to share. Jason was an extremely giving heart who gave the shirt off his back as he donated many hours performing at fundraisers to help make a difference in the lives of many.
Always loved and remembered, never forgotten!!!