Leonard J. Snyder, 96, of Ballston Spa, NY, passed away peacefully Friday, June 5, 2015, after a short illness at Baptist Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia.
Born on October 21, 1918, in Schenectady, NY, Leonard was the son of the late Martin and Bella Snyder. He was predeceased by his four brothers John, Martin, Edward, Peter and his sister Mary.
Leonard wed Yvonne (Bonnie) Fortin in 1940 and enjoyed 71 years of marriage before her death in 2011.
Leonard was employed by A.L.C.O. and General Electric in Schenectady. He was a machinist and metal worker and worked on locomotives and tanks. He was part of the “Greatest Generation” serving in the Army in Europe during WWII. He served with the 8th Armored Division in the 80 tank battalion C.O.D. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Leonard was a tool man and part-time carpenter who painted all his tools bright yellow. He could always be counted on to help his neighbors. His hobbies included wood crafting and gardening. With his wife Bonnie, they enjoyed square dancing with the Hicks and Chicks and traveling with the square dancing groups the Merry Mixers and the Rolling Squares. He was an avid Lawrence Welk fan and danced to the music. Leonard was a cheering fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants.
Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Leonard will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Leonard is survived by his children Leonard A. Snyder (Mary) of Glenville, Cliff Snyder of Clifton Park, Bonnie J. Snyder of Kennesaw, GA; grandchildren Mark (Tracy), Lori (Scott), Jamie (Veronica), Traci, and Eric (Melanie); great grandchildren Alex, Tess, Ellie, Jack and Kelsey.
Relatives and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Leonard’s life on Monday, June 22 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 10:30am. Burial will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY 12206. Leonard’s wife Bonnie struggled with Alzheimer’s for many years.