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James "Apple Jack" Snyder

1958 - 2013 PETERSBURGH, N.Y. The circle has been broken along with our hearts. James M. "Apple Jack" Snyder, 55, of Depot Road died on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington after a courageous battle against cancer surrounded by his loving family. Born on Jan. 4, 1958, in Bennington, he was the loving son of William C. and Janet M. Hennessey Snyder, Jr., with whom he resided. A lifelong resident of Petersburgh, Apple Jack was a 1976 graduate of Berlin Central High School. He started a career while still in high school in 1974 with W. J. Cowee, Co., Inc. in Berlin. That career lasted until April of 2013 where he was a forklift operator when he was forced to retire due to his illness. Apple Jack was a former member of the Petersburgh Volunteer Fire Department along with being a member of their muster team known as the "Petersburgh Ridgerunners." They set, and still hold, many competition records. He was a former member of the Petersburgh Rod & Gun club along with the Hoosick Falls Eagles. He was an avid NASCAR fan, especially Jeff Gordon, and an avid Detroit Tiger fan. Apple Jack loved hunting, fishing and playing softball. He once pitched 37 consecutive innings in a tournament. Survivors besides his parents, include his siblings, Susan (Charles) Bedford of Berlin, Richard Snyder of Petersburgh, Deborah J. (Shawn Betit) Snyder of Hoosick Falls, John (Jo Jo Carman) Snyder of Naples, Fla., Scott (Cindy Roper) Snyder of Panama City Beach, Fla., Barbara (Leonard Nicpon) Snyder and Billie Jo (Ron) Brock, all of Berlin, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Celebration of Apple Jack's life will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the THOMAS M. BARBER FUNERAL HOME, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh, where many a story will be shared. Burial will follow in the Meadowlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation on Saturday from 11 until the start of the service. To remember Apple Jack in a special way, memorial contributions would be appreciated and given to either the Petersburgh Volunteer Fire Department or the Petersburgh Rescue Squad. The Snyder family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Dr. Orion Howard and the staff of the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center for the kindness and compassion shown to Apple Jack during the past two years.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 30, 2013
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