Ivan John ‘Snowy’ Davoll - Simon Hughes

Ivan John ‘Snowy’ Davoll

Simon Hughes, Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, has released the following statement in response to the sad news that Ivan John Davoll died from a heart attack on Saturday 22nd March. 


Snowy Davoll was an example, friend, pastor, supporter and teacher to thousands of Bermondsey young people and their families.

Snowy and Sybil Davoll came to Cambridge University Mission and to Bermondsey, gave us a huge part of their lives and won enormous love, respect and admiration.

And they changed so many lives for good.

Sybil, Andrew, David and their families know that many, many people are sharing their loss.


He worked as a painter and decorator in Bedworth, near Coventry where Ted Roberts was the Vicar. He trained as a Reader and then was one of the first ever to train to be a professional youth worker.

He came to Cambridge University Mission in Bermondsey as Senior Youth Worker in 1967 as Mike Whinney was leaving to become Vicar of St James. He was licensed as Reader to St James, working alongside Henry.

 In the early 1980s he ceased working at Cambridge University Mission and he and Sybil stepped out in faith to do family work with the children of the young people that he had worked with for 16 years. They lived at the former vicarage at St James. Ted was now vicar of St James and St Annes and living in Thorburn Square.

In 1988, Snowy was ordained by Bishop Peter Hall at a memorable ordination service in St James, the first OLM in Southwark (the pioneer). Peter Maurice was also involved in the training.

He transferred to stipendiary ministry at St Annes from 1993 to 1998 when he retired aged 65. He then moved to Rotherhithe and served alongside Andrew Doyle at Holy Trinity.

 Altogether a total of 36 years in Bermondsey & Rotherhithe

He then moved to Hereford where he has lived ever since with his wife of 60 years, Sybil and was active in the church at Credon. They have two sons, Andrew and David and six grandchildren.