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Richard Gordon Snyder

December 8, 1932January 21, 2018
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Richard Gordon Snyder December 8, 1932 – January 21, 2018

Snyder, Richard (“Dick”) Gordon, 85, beloved husband, father and friend passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after a spirited 23-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Dick passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Johnson (Christopher), son Bradley (Rosalie), grandson Hendrick (son of Bradley and Rosalie), and two sisters Joan Picone and Jean Stephens.

Dick and his twin brother, George, were born on December 8, 1932 to Richard and Sophie Snyder in Paterson, New Jersey. Their two sisters Joan and Jean (also twins) were born 11 years later. The Snyder family was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where growing up, Dick and George worked at the family service station and automobile repair shop.

Dick was the first member of his family to attend college and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1954, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and at the top of his class. He served two years as 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Following the Air Force, Dick began a corporate career, working for the Kearfott Division of the Singer Company, which designed and produced guidance systems for aircraft and missiles. It was at Kearfott that Dick met his wife, Eileen June Valentine. They married in 1968 and moved to North Caldwell, New Jersey. The births of Leslie and Bradley completed their family. Dick’s appointments with the Singer Company moved the family to Munich, Germany, back to New Jersey, and then to Maryland in 1985, where Dick served as President of the Link Division, which designed and manufactured training simulators for nuclear power plants.

In 1990, Dick accepted an offer to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Reflectone, a publicly traded company that designed and manufactured flight simulators for military aircraft. This brought the family to Tampa, Florida, and Dick lead Reflectone until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, Dick enjoyed traveling and relaxing at the family’s beach condo until Eileen’s passing in 2009.

The family will receive family and friends from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, February 2nd at Blount & Curry Funeral Home on Bearss Avenue. A memorial service will take place at the Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel at 10am on Saturday, February 3rd. The family wishes to thank Mikail Ebanks and Charles Gain, who were Dick’s caregivers and friends during his last years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Parkinson’s Foundation (www.Parkinson.org) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard Gordon Snyder

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Michelle Lallande

February 22, 2018

Rest in peace my dear friend...you have joined your beloved Eileen. Such a kind, witty, fun, intelligent man, husband, father and friend. We where neighbors in Cheval and helped them find a "smaller home", which ended being not that small! Leslie and Bradley, you are in my thoughts and prayers...hold on to the memories...Michelle Lallande, San Juan, PR

Debbie Brown

February 2, 2018

So sad to hear of your father's passing Leslie. He was such a sweet man, and so kind the few times I was around him. Enjoyed a beer with him! It's so hard to lose a parent...my heart hurts for you. Love and hugs Debbie

Christian DeBlasio

February 2, 2018

Christian DeBlasio

February 2, 2018

Dick was always so intelligent and kind. I remember all the times we would speak and how much he would encourage me to be successful in my life with family, friends, and work. I moved away from Tampa in 2012, and four years later in 2016 when I finally visited again, I saw Dick, and he told me he was so glad to see me and that
when I left that "they lost one of the good ones". It's rare in life I think to know someone so transparent, open, and caring as Dick Snyder. I thought Dick was one of the best listeners I have ever know. It was always such a treasure to have one on one time with him. Thank you Dick for being my friend, thank you for all of your kind encouragement and advice, thank you for Leslie and Brad, two more wonderful people that have always been as kind to me as you were.

Christian DeBlasio

February 2, 2018

Barbara Valentine

January 31, 2018

Some thoughts on a life well lived... Dick was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, and friend.. In addition to being my brother-in-law, he was a mentor and friend to me, as he was to Bob and our family. He was a true Renaissance Man. Rest in Peace, Dick. All who knew you and loved you were blessed to have you in our lives.

Vic Zupa

January 31, 2018

A true gentleman and corporate leader who I knew from Kearfott. Rest in peace Dick

January 29, 2018

We wish the family happy memories and love.
There's a new star in the sky and when we look up we will experience his glow.
Best Wishes
Chuck and Cathy Luthin

Pat Rubrecht

January 28, 2018

Mr. Snyder was President at Reflectone when I worked there.

He was always a polite gentleman and always made an efort to say hi.

It meant a lot to me and my husband when he showed sincere interest and came and took a tour of our business.

I'm sure he'll be missed by so many.

June Troiano

January 28, 2018

Dear Leslie and Brad, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was such a beautiful man, inside and out. He was always so giving, kind, soft-spoken, funny, generous, and supportive. He was a true gentleman with incredible morals and values. I always looked up to him like a father. May all the happiest of times you shared with your dad live on forever. Lots of love. June, Len and Dean