Heartwarming reason 92-year-old widower Allan Snow placed Mother’s Day notes on Deception Bay graves


Heartwarming image shows 92-year-old widower nicknamed ‘Old Snowy’ placing 350 Mother’s Day notes on graves – as it’s revealed why he does it every year

  • Allan Snow, 92, was spotted placing notes on graves at Deception Bay on Sunday
  • The notes written on yellow paper read: ‘Nobody can take the place of a mother’ 
  • A man visiting the cemetery shared a photo of the kind deed on social media
  • Residents identified the kind elderly man as local legend, known as ‘Old Snowy’
  • They said he visits cemetery regularly after his wife Muriel died three years ago

An elderly widower has captured Australia’s hearts after he was spotted placing 350 Mother’s Day notes on graves.

Allan Snow, 92, visited a cemetery in Moreton Bay, just north of Brisbane, on Sunday to honour hundreds of women by pegging notes to their plots.

On the yellow pieces of paper, attached to a wooden stake, the message read: ‘Nobody can take the place of a mother’.

It’s a special ode to women like his wife Muriel who died three years ago.

Malcolm Murdoch witnessed the charitable act while visiting his mother’s grave and took to Facebook to say thank you to the kind stranger.

Allan Snow, 92, was spotted placing Mother's Day notes next to graves at Deception Bay cemetery on Sunday (pictured)

Allan Snow, 92, was spotted placing Mother’s Day notes next to graves at Deception Bay cemetery on Sunday (pictured) 

The yellow pieces of paper, attached to a wooden stake, read:' Nobody can take the place of a mother'.

The yellow pieces of paper, attached to a wooden stake, read:’ Nobody can take the place of a mother’.

‘This elderly gentleman was walking up and down the rows placing a little tribute to the mums buried there,’ Mr Murdoch wrote.

‘As he approached us I told him how wonderful he was and he became very emotional. I do not know what his story was but he managed to tell us he had 350 to put out and off he went.

‘So if you are wondering where the little tribute came from now you know this man cared enough about our mums to do this for people he does not know.

‘Made me very humble to witness this. Thank you sir you are a true gentleman.’ 

The post quickly went viral, racking up more than 5,000 reactions, as residents identified the kindhearted man as a local legend, affectionately known as ‘Old Snowy’.  

Nina Phillips, a friend of Mr Snow’s, said he regularly visits Deception Bay cemetery since his wife Muriel passed away.

‘He made all these [notes] by hand and wanted to put them on every mother’s grave,’ she said.  

Dozens of others flocked to the comments to share poignant stories about their beloved community member. 

The kindhearted man was identified as local legend 'Old Snowy' (pictured) after a local visiting the grave shared a picture of the charitable act online

The kindhearted man was identified as local legend ‘Old Snowy’ (pictured) after a local visiting the grave shared a picture of the charitable act online

One woman said he has a passion for cooking fruit cakes and delivers little packets to nursing homes with short poems attached.

A man said Snowy used to own a petrol station and worked as a mechanic, and would give him and his friends water everyday as they walked 19km past his business. 

‘He does a number of things for people’s graves every year from flowers to tributes. He is an absolutely amazing guy,’ another added.  

‘He’s a great man. He has been apart of the community for a very long time,’ a fifth person wrote. 

Many others offered their thanks to the ‘wonderful gentleman’ after discovering the sweet messages on their mother’s graves. 

Aside from leaving messages by her resting place, Mr Snow writes a tribute to his wife in the Courier Mail every year on May 4. 

Although the message remains the same, the amount of time changes. 

‘Four lonely years, 1460 days, no hugs or kisses,’ it reads.

‘Miss you so much.

‘All my love, til we meet again. Allan.’



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