Clarence R. Snyder Jr. & Patricia J. Snyder


Clarence R. Snyder Jr. &

Patricia J. Snyder

A love story … Clarence and Pat Snyder were married for nearly 70 years and passed within hours of one another at the Veterans Home in Bangor.

Patricia J. Snyder was born in Caribou in 1930, daughter of Levi and Vera (Watson) Russell. She passed away on Sept. 14, 2018.

Clarence R. Snyder Jr. was born in Bangor in 1927, son of Clarence R. Snyder Sr. and Helen (Montgomery) Snyder. He passed away on Sept. 15, 2018.

Pat worked many years in the Bangor school system (keeping an eye on her children) and retired from Bangor Mental Health. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as being an avid reader.

Clarence left Bangor High School to join the Navy, serving in the Seabees in the Pacific during WWII, returning to graduate like many veterans and finding his bride. He worked many years in the Bangor school system, beginning by shoveling coal into the boilers that served the old high school and library. His responsibilities grew to lead the maintenance activities of the school system, and he was one of the first to receive state master licenses for electrical, plumbing and oil burner. He was the clerk of works for what is today the Eastern Maine Community College, becoming the first maintenance superintendent, from where he retired. In addition to his numerous positions, he was known to assist family and friends with home improvement projects as well as finding time to build four homes and one summer home for his family. In his retirement, he ran the Swan’s Island Lobsterman’s Co-op. Clarence enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.

Pat and Clarence lived most of their lives in Bangor, and more recently in Hancock. They also enjoyed being snowbirds in Dunedin, Fla., for 12 years during their retirement, where they enjoyed making many new friends, various activities and the warmer weather.

They are survived by their children: Clarence III and his wife, Jane, of Brookfield, Mass.; Ronald and his wife, Katherine, of Dedham; Lewis and his wife, Debra, of Palmyra, Pa.; Beth Smart and her husband, Tim, of Ellsworth; and Jeffery of Hancock and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They were preceded in death by a son, Robert. Pat is also survived by sisters: Paula Dwelley; Susan Laffey and her husband, Richard; Peggy Hewes and her husband, Louie, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, George, and a sister, Jacqueline.

They were most proud of the accomplishments of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren … Jeff and his work at Jackson Lab; Beth and her work at Cancer Care; and to be one of the only three families to have graduated three sons from Maine Maritime Academy.

There will be a private graveside service at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to a time of remembrance from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor.

Memorial donations in memory of Clarence and Pat may be made to The Veterans Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401 or the Bangor Homeless Shelter, 263 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401.

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