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Jack C. Snyder

January 23 , 2021

Jack C. Snyder, 93, of Watertown and summer resident in the town of Cape Vincent, died January 23, 2021.

He was born on August 26, 1927, son of Bradley Joseph and Goldie (Howe) Snyder in Malone. After attending schools in Winthrop and Clayton, he hired out to the NY Central Railroad in June of 1943 for a summer job at age 16. Jack so liked the people and the work he stayed for 40 years. The exception came in 1952 when he was drafted into the US Army, serving in the Signal Corps and attached to the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. He served in four campaigns against the Communist Armies of North Korea and China. He was promoted, decorated and honorably discharged in the fall of 1953, returning to railroad employment. He loved his country and prayed that God forever bless America.

Jack worked in their transportation and engineering department at various jobs and locations, from Messenger to Division Train Master and looked forward every day to going to work. It was determined he qualified for the Vanderbilt Plan with 40 years of service to the railroad and retired in November of 1983. Jack enjoyed gardening and home improvement, where he was very handy fixing and repairing everything.

He traveled much of the world, mainly accompanied by his family and survivors: wife of 57 years, Wava (Hutcheon) Snyder and their son, Jack-Bradley Snyder. He is also survived by one nephew. His brother, Keith Snyder, died exactly ten years before Jack on January 23, 2011 and he was also predeceased by one niece and one nephew.

Pursuant to Jack's desires, there will be no services and there be direct cremation of his remains. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#3 Robert S. Downey 2021-01-25 19:04
I am truly sorry for your loss. I was a conductor out of Massena and watertown for a while but as Railroading goes I finally got enough seniority to work Traveling switchers up north. I'll never forget "Jack" He always treated me more as a friend than as an employee. Always with a smile and a kind word. Never ordering me to do anything. Just do your job. I ran into him near 20 years ago and met his lovely wife. Jack and I talked of the old days and he said his employees were all a good bunch of lads. Not a bad word for any of us. The kind of man I am proud to have worked with and for. I feel your Grief,
Accept my sincere condolences Bob Downey
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#2 Amy Contryman 2021-01-25 12:35
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We send our condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Thoughts and prayers to you both. Hugs.

Scott Trimm and Amy Contryman.
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#1 The Larabee Family 2021-01-25 12:14
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a very special neighbor and friend! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Eugene, Jean and Julie
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