John K. Snyder

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“John was always upbeat and in a great mood. He made everyone around him feel GREAT ! When he passed Shrewsbury lost a True Titan ! He had the...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: scott taber - shrewsbury, MA

“ONE DAY I KICKED MY BROTHER IN THE SHIN SLAPED MY DAD AND ALMOST BURNT DOWN A RESTURANT IN THE SAME DAY ALSO ONE WEEKEND ME AND MY DAD WENT UP TO OUR...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: caleigh k snyder - dauter/father

“I just found out tonight about John's passing. I last saw John in Eastham on the Cape several years ago. He was the same then as he always was...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Ted Anderson - Clearwater, FL

“A lifetime of memories....we watched John grow up to become a loving and kind son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather....he was very...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Snyder - Alfred, ME

“Heather & Mandy, in all the years since Skycrest not very many days would go by when something funny your dad said or did or the goofy, silly...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Maryellen Cantera - FL

“I spent two weeks of my childhood one summer with Uncle John, Mandy, and Heather that will forever be engrained in my memory as one of the best times...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Fritz Cassel - palm beach, FL

“Although I have never met your family, I am so saddened by your loss. My sister, Denise Salmu, has shared her emotions with me and I, too, feel for...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Suzanne Messier Beyerlein

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to John's family. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: D & David Zeutas-Broer - MA

“John was always welcoming and fun. One of my favorite memories is of him interacting with kids at the club. He was always playful. They loved him and...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: D Zeutas-Broer - worcester, MA

“John...just an amazing man! Warm memories of his smile, A-1 sauce, nouggies, the 2 Audis, McHugh Forum and so much more. That wonderful laugh. He...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Gail Dorsey - Needham, MA

“John was a great guy. You couldn't help but walk away from a conversation with John wearing a little bit of his smile. Deepest sympathies to all...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Tim Knight - Shrewsbury, MA

“I'll always treasure the memories of the team of guys that played together during the four years at B.C. John possessed the unique combination of...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Kevin J. Ahearn - Boston, MA

“Heather and Mandy - My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. He was an outstanding person. I have many memories of your dad and his laughter....Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Rebecca Mayrand

“i love you dad ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: jack

“Heather & Amanda, So sorry to hear about your father. He was a good guy! You will be kept in prayers. Your Friend, John Heald ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: John Heald - Shrewsbury, MA


John K. Snyder, 60, of Shrewsbury, died Monday, July 20th in Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife of 15 years, Justine Whalen Snyder; his children, Heather Quinn and her husband, Joseph of Providence; Amanda Cathey and her husband, Stuart of Providence; Jack Snyder and Caleigh Snyder both of Shrewsbury; two brothers, Bill Snyder of Aruba, David Snyder of Maine; a sister, MaryBeth O’Brien of Potsdam, New York; also survived by two granddaughters, Jane Quinn and Raya Cathey.

John was born in Potsdam, New York, son of the late Charles and Marguerite (Kennedy) Snyder and has lived in Shrewsbury for over 30 years.

John graduated from Potsdam High School and attended Boston College on a hockey scholarship from 1966 until 1970 .He graduated with honors with a B.A. in business. After graduating from Boston College John entered the army reserves. He spent six consecutive summers serving his country with the Army reserves at Fort Drum in New York. John obtained an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley.

John worked for the Hope Company of Fitchburg in industrial sales until he formed his own company with a co-worker in 1976. The industrial sales company was located in Worcester and was called Omni Services. John was the recipient of many sales awards and established a very successful company as an entrepreneur.

John was the owner and operator of Massachusetts Health and Fitness in Shrewsbury for 20 years. John won many statewide racquetball tournaments, and throughout his life he played on several hockey and baseball leagues. He was a member of the Boston College Pike’s Peak Club. He ran in many marathons including the Boston Marathon, Newport Marathon, Falmouth Relays and was involved in the BayState Triathlon for several years.

He also enjoyed the Wellfleet beaches, fishing, biking, tennis, and especially time with family.

Visitation with John’s family will be held on Friday, July 24th from 5-8 P.M. in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 1 P.M. in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 64 West Main Street, Westborough, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jack and Caleigh Educational Fund, c/o Central One Federal Credit Union, 714 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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