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William Henry Snyder

- - William Henry Snyder was born in Dayton, Ohio October 3, 1927 and died on July 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosemarie Snyder, and their five daughters Francesca Corcoran, Pullman, WA, Gabriella Snyder Stelmack (Richard), Malden, MA, Gina Snyder (David Wootton), East Falls, PA, Eva Snyder, Ithaca, NY, and Maria Snyder (Thomas Walker), Pella, IA, by his sister Susan Wald, Cincinnati, OH, as well as his grandchildren Rosina, Levi, Ana, Forrest and Tanner, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was a Navy veteran of WWII. He received his B.A. from Ohio State University and his DPhil. from the University of Tübingen, Germany. As a professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at Binghamton University for forty years, Professor Snyder taught and mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in German, linguistics, and translation.

Bill was a family man who loved his wife and children more than anything. He was an avid sailor who loved a day on Lake Cayuga as much as one in the Caribbean. He was a music lover who played piano and sang in the Tri-Cities Opera Chorus for over thirty years. He and his wife loved to travel and made many trips to Europe and Asia. His family and friends will remember how much he loved life and his generosity in sharing it with others, whether he was enjoying a day on the boat, whipping up someone's favorite dish, reciting a poem, singing a song, or filling the house with the sound of Chopin, he always made the most of the good things in life.

He was predeceased by his brothers Albert Snyder and Jack Snyder, his son-in-law James Corcoran, his grandson Liam Corcoran.

His wife and family would like to extend special thanks to the friends who offered their love in support, especially in Bill's last days, and to all the staff of Mercy House for all the loving care they gave Bill during the last weeks of his life. Donations in his memory may be made to Mercy House, Endicott, NY.

A private celebration of his life will be held by the family.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 20 to July 22, 2018
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