James Robert Snyder
August 15, 1932 – March 9, 2021
James Robert Snyder of Odessa, FL passed away on March 9, 2021 in Lutz FL.
Jim was born in Dearborn, MI to Bernie and Margaret Snyder on August 15, 1932. He was the eldest of three children, Robert Snyder and Thomas Snyder were his younger brothers. He attended Dearborn, MI schools, graduating from Fordson High School and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education at Eastern Michigan University while playing baseball and basketball. He was signed by the St. Louis Browns and his professional baseball career began.
Through his tenacity and strong work ethic, Jim was active in professional baseball in various capacities for the next 60 plus years. He broke into the majors with the Minnesota Twins. During his professional career he played, coached, instructed and managed. He was proud to be part of four organizations that won World Series championships.
After he retired Jim became an avid golfer and joined the Tuesday Scrambler group, where he made many good friends. He also bowled and loved to travel.
Jim was a devout Christian. A member of St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed fellowship with the United Brothers in Christ group.
Jim lived a full and exciting life. His warm and endearing personality gained him many lifelong friends from every aspect of his life. He had many adventures and he enjoyed telling his stories as much as the experience itself.
James is survived by his wife Brenda Weeks Snyder, children Debra Russell, James and Stacey Snyder, Scott and Cathy Snyder, Fran Snyder and grandchildren Ryan Russell, Tessa Snyder, Mitchell Snyder, Brian Snyder and Matthew Snyder.
Through his recent marriage to Brenda he became a much loved bonus dad for Marcy Weeks Ewell, Charles and Scott Weeks and bonus grandfather for Oliver, Ryan, Hayden, Daniel, Mackenzie and Fisher.
Funeral Services will be held March 22 at 11:00 am at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Rd. Lutz, FL. 332558.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Jim’s memory (www.StJude.org/donate).
Monday, March 22, 2021
James Robert Snyder
Jeanne Artiaga- Dotson
March 23, 2021
I went to the funeral yesterday. Jim was one of my Dad’s (Sal Artiaga) close circle of professional baseball friends. As I was driving to Tampa. “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits came on from my playlist. It hit me that that’s what they were, “Brothers in Arms”. Baseball is a high stakes and at times a cut throat business. My Dad and his friends spent their entire careers in that world of extreme highs and extreme lows. They formed such a close bond. They were thrilled and cheered on when one of them did well. They rallied together and helped when one would lose a job or go through tough times. All of us kids also formed a bond with each other. We all grew up together and formed a family. Snyds really came through for my Dad in the end. He sat bedside for days/weeks making sure he got proper care. Why? Because you never leave a man behind. I am so glad I got to thank you for that in person. It meant the world to me. I am forever grateful, Snyds. Rest In Peace.
George & Dawn Mitchell
March 16, 2021
Dawn and I have had a hard time finding the right words!
For the short time we knew Jim, it was awesome!
Sitting across from Jim at the Atlanta Airport and starting that
conversation changed Dawn and my lives. He was so easy to talk with and we ended up being so glad that our flight was delayed,
because that started a friendship that we could not have imagined.
He and Debra adopted us and we adopted them!!
We will miss his smile and laughter and we send our condolences
to Debra, the children, Brenda and the entire family.
Much Love---Dawn and George Mitchell- Aiken, SC