John J. (Jack) Snyder, a lifelong resident of North Scranton and most recently a resident of Abington Manor in Clarks Summit, died Sunday, Dec. 30. His wife of 56 years, Patricia L. Snyder, preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2012.
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Born in Dickson City on Sept. 4, 1931, to the late Sadie Ruane Snyder and Raymond Snyder, Jack was a 1949 graduate of Holy Rosary High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from January 1951 to January 1954; he was proud to have been selected as the general's driver at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Jack's nearly 40-year career in sales began with a Northeast Pennsylvania territory for Borden Foods and grew to include sales management positions with Frigo Cheese and Beatrice Foods Co., part of ConAgra Foods. He enjoyed the business travel his sales career entailed. He retired in 1993 after serving several years as Eastern Region Sales Manager for Beatrice Foods, with a territory that covered half of the United States. Jack and his wife, Pat, spent their retirement years in both Scranton and Fort Myers, Fla.
Playing and watching sports was a lifelong interest for Jack. His childhood days playing catch with friends and family on Margaret Avenue prepared him for the Holy Rosary Beads baseball and basketball teams. He was an outstanding baseball pitcher who led his team to championships, and in his youth, managed to participate in a tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies, despite not meeting the age requirement. Jack later enjoyed playing golf with friends, business colleagues and brother-in-law, Dr. Paul Langan, and was a longtime member of Elmhurst Country Club.
Jack was devoted to his wife, Pat, his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed making people laugh with his quick wit, kidding and storytelling. A proud Scrantonian, Jack was delighted to meet and talk with people, claiming he, "Never traveled anywhere that he didn't know someone."
He is survived by two daughters, Michele A. McDonald and her husband, Joseph, of Clarks Summit; and Mari L. Snyder of Silver Spring, Md.; and a son, Jack and wife, Karen, of Scranton. Jack has seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Michael, Katie and Matthew McDonald; and Mari, Jack and Jimmy Snyder. He is also survived by a cousin, Marcia Harney and her husband, Tim, and son, Brendan; several nieces and nephews.
Jack was also preceded in death by his brother, George; two nephews and a niece.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton, on Friday, Jan. 4, at 9:30 a.m.
Friends may call Thursday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Knight-O'Donnell Funeral Home at 323 William St., Scranton. Interment will follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow, Pa.
The Snyder family would like to thank the staffs of Abington Manor for their wonderful, attentive care and the Jewish Home for their friendship, kindness and support for Jack and his wife, Pat.
Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Rosary Church/Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St., Scranton, PA 18508.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 2, 2013