Raymond Edward Snyder
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AGE: 94 • Stuart, FL
Raymond Edward Snyder, 94, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL. He was born in Westwood, NJ and lived in Jersey City, Iselin, and Whiting before moving to Stuart in 2006. Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 393rd Anti Tank Company 99th Infantry Division in France, Belgium, and Germany. Upon his discharge, he returned to American Can Company from which he would retire as a Millwright after a career of 36 years. Ray was a skilled craftsman and mechanic and was known to his family and friends as the man who could fix anything. With a strong spirit of volunteerism that brought him to serve his community, Ray joined the Iselin Chemical Hook & Ladder Company, District 11 as a volunteer firefighter and was a member of the St. Cecelia's Knights of Columbus.
Long walks, model building, a passion for airplanes and flight, and an overall curiosity for, and about, life filled his hours folowing retirement. After his beloved wife of 55 years, Anna (Hurtuk) Snyder, passed away in 2005, Ray moved to Florida where he started again, joining the gym and making friends wherever he went. He lived his 94 years with a passion for life and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
He is survived by sons, Michael (wife Beverly), and John (wife Patricia) and daughters, Sonja (husband Albert) Jensen, Carol (husband Edward) Hamlin, and Barbara (husband Dr. Raymond) Caffrey. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his sister, Lois Sterling of New York; and brother, Philip Snyder of Maryland, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
A mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, Avenel, followed by burial of ashes at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2013