[UPDATED Feb. 6, 2019] The Ontario agriculture community is mourning the loss of the leader of Snobelen Farms.
Troy Snobelen, president and CEO of Snobelen Farms, was killed in a snowmobile accident Feb. 2 in Huron-Kinloss.
Snobelen Farms was started by Troy’s parents and grew to be a significant handler of grains and oilseeds in the area, including a food-grade soybean contracting, handling and processing business that sells soybeans around the world. The company has six facilities across central and southwestern Ontario.
“One of the many legacies Troy has left is a strong, vibrant company led by an outstanding management team that he built and mentored as well as a talented group of people instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the business,” a statement released by the family said. “The Snobelen family is extremely proud of Troy’s many accomplishments personally and professionally, including the business.”
The statement said that Troy’s brother and sister, Sam Snobelen and Tanya Snobelen Leppington, will be supporting the management team going forward.
“The company is committed to continuing to serve the many loyal customers now and for many years to come.”
The family also thanked those who have sent condolences and expressions of concern.
“We are extremely grateful for the love and support we have received from friends in the community and people around the world.”
The family requested privacy for the time until a private funeral takes place. A public, casual celebration of Snobelen’s life is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-5 p.m. at the Lucknow Community Centre.
After receiving many inquiries about donations, the family is currently investigating the establishment of a memorial fund in Troy’s name. Further details will follow when available
The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police reported that Snobelen died after a crash on Saturday evening in Huron-Kinloss, shortly before 9:30 p.m.