Kevin C. Snelus, who oversaw the meeting needs for hundreds of corporations, associations and citywide conventions at the posh Adolphus hotel in downtown Dallas, died Sept. 1 at his home in Dallas. He was 52.
“Kevin died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family, friends and dogs Lola and Ella,” said his partner of nine years, Larry Cook.
With more than 20 years in hospitality management, Snelus was well known and respected in the close-knit Dallas/Fort Worth hotel industry.
A native Texan, Kevin attended Holy Family Catholic School and Southwest High School in Fort Worth, and then studied theater and voice at Texas Christian University. He began his hospitality career at the Worthington Hotel as director of catering services. Once his reputation for excellence was established, he was soon able to combine his love of travel with a wide variety of hotel and catering positions.
Among his A-list employers were the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M., Rowland’s Catering in Atlanta, Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, and the Fairmont Hotel and the Dani Group in Dallas.
But it was at the Adolphus where he put down deep roots and found contentment. In fact, after a decade at the historic luxury hotel, Snelus was chosen to appear in a marketing campaign that highlighted iconic images of the venerable property.
Snelus met Larry Cook in 2003. Together, they traveled the world and indulged their love of theater, fine dining and Barbara Cook performances. The countries they visited included Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Canada.
Snelus is survived by Cook; two brothers, Joe and Paul Snelus; and two sisters, Lee Schilling and Mary Dornan.
A celebration of life service was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Sept. 7.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds may be sent to Operation Kindness.
William L. (Dub) Moore Jr., 86, of Dallas passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
He was born on June 27, 1926, in El Dorado, Ark., to William L. and Lorena Julia Moore.
After elementary school his family moved to Monroe, La., where he graduated from high school. He then earned a bachelor’s in science from Louisiana State University.
Moore was executive director of the Greater Dallas Planning Council and after retirement worked for Lakehill Preparatory School in Dallas. He was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his partner, and is survived by several cousins and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the St. Michael Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave., under the direction of the Rev. Jim Frensley.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to your favorite charity.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 14, 2012.