SNYDER, Dr. Robert Andrew - Passed away peacefully in his sleep at 93 years of age, on Tuesday, September 27, at Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence in Stratford, where he resided.
Widowed by Mary Snyder (nee Williamson) who left us in 1996. Survived by his wife Cora Snyder (nee Shannon (Thistle), his brother, Jack Snyder (of Fort Nelson, BC), and his sister Barbara (David) Palmer (of London, ON).
Loving father of Peter (Dorothy) Snyder, Ruth (Rick) Laiken, Margaret (John) Gollinger, Jane (Ken) Pickell, Jim (Heather Ludlow) Snyder, and Marie Snyder. Proud grandfather of thirteen grandchildren: Meagan, Bronwyn, Daniel, Joshua, James, William, Michael, Melissa, Matthew, Adam, Zoe, Liam, and Brianna. Loving great-grandfather to Jamie and Molly. Step-father to Richard (Jay) Thistle and Paul Thistle, and predeceased by his step-daughter Fae (Paul) Knott.
In WWII, Bob was a Sergeant instructor stationed at Ipperwash and Petawawa. After the war, he taught physics at the University of Waterloo for close to 30 years, starting shortly after the inception of the university. Most of those years were spent alongside his wife, Mary, and many students knew them affectionately as Ma and Pa Snyder. Bob was an animated, award-winning teacher, making difficult concepts accessible, and he was instrumental in launching the correspondence program for the Physics Department. At home he was as likely to recite a Shakespearean soliloquy as he was to tell a captivating story of his early life or break into a chorus from Handel’s Messiah. He was an avid musician and played the trumpet and other brass instruments in the Waterloo and Kitchener City Bands, the Concordia Club Band, the Touch of Brass, and the Fergus and Milverton Brass Bands among many others. He will be fondly remembered for his quick humour, his sharp mind, and his irascible spirit.
A special thank you to Paul Thistle, who has been a great comfort and support to both Cora and Bob.
A private service will be held for family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.