Jack Snyder
Jack Snyder

Obituary of Jack L. Snyder

Jack Lee Snyder, 76, passed away after a brief illness on February 22, 2022. Born in Coral Gables, FL, Jack was a lifelong resident of Ocean City, NJ and a lover of the shore. Jack graduated from Ocean City High School in 1963 before attending Penn State University where he pursued his lifelong interest in studying architecture and graduated in 1972. Through high school, Jack worked for his father’s surf shop and beach rental business, Surf’N’Sand, during the summer and at the Chatterbox during the winter. Jack’s yearbooks reveal many fond memories of time spent with friends during high school, which continued through college where Jack was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Jack’s time at Penn State was interrupted by the Vietnam War, where he proudly served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 through 1970 in the communications platoon on Hill 55. Jack was honorably discharged and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with a Rifle Marksmanship Badge. Later in his life, Jack was awarded with the Distinguished Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal by the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for exceptionally meritorious service during Vietnam, as well as a Certificate of Honor for honorable service during the Vietnam War from the Military Order of the World Wars. Jack was also awarded with a Proclamation by the City of Ocean City, Certificate of Special Senate Recognition, Citation of Commendations and Praise from the NJ Senate and General Assembly, and U.S. House of Representatives Proclamation by Congressman Dr. Jefferson Van Drew for having received the Distinguished Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. After his time in military service and completing his architecture degree, Jack returned to Ocean City where he worked as an architect with his own business, Architecture Associates. Jack designed a number of notable structures in and around Ocean City, including the bell tower at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Jack was proud of his time in military service and remained committed to honoring veterans and service members. Jack was as a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post 6650), always observed Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and continued supporting service members through his work with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout his life, Jack also served his community through the American Legion in Somers Point, NJ, Exchange Club of Ocean City, and as an usher with Christ Fellowship Church in Marmora, NJ. Jack was a committed advocate in the community for historic preservation and honoring servicemembers, where he led community groups to preserve the 4th Street Lifesaving Station and Veterans Memorial Park. Jack had fond memories of surfing, sailing, and spending time in San Diego, CA and always enjoyed helping animals and friends. Jack will be remembered for his love of dogs, cars, good music, good times, a nice beverage, and his many dear friends. Jack leaves behind a legacy of love and service and is survived by his wife, Susan Zuch Snyder, his two daughters, Jayne and Michele, and their respective partners Spenser Stark and Jared Siegel, as well as his brother, James L. Snyder, of Kennesaw, Georgia, his wife, Penny, and their many children and grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by his father, Colonel Richard G. (“Coach”) Snyder, and his mother, Mary Nolan Snyder. Jack’s countless friends and loved ones can all rejoice in knowing that Jack is now united with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, in eternal and perfect life. Jack was laid to rest on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, PA. In lieu of flowers, we are remembering Jack with memorial contributions made to Christ Fellowship, P.O. Box 1012, Marmora, New Jersey 08223 or christfellowshipnj.com
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