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Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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Lester Snyder

Lester G. Snyder

Tuesday, August 25th, 1925 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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POTSDAM – After failing health, Lester G. Snyder, 91, a longtime resident of Sweeney Road Extension, peacefully passed away early Saturday morning, May 16, 2020 at United Helpers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton.

Lester was born August 25, 1925 in Fort Jackson, the son of the late Samuel and E. Mabel (Westcott) Snyder. On August 16, 1952, he married Martha M. Thompson in Crary Mills. She predeceased him on November 13, 2006.

Lester worked off the land his entire life, as a dairy farmer, tree farmer, maple syrup producer, and owning and operating his sawmill, Snyder Sawmill for many years. As a teenager and young man, he cut the wood for the production of bowling pins. He loved to read, enjoyed walks, Sunday drives, and picnic. He cherished the precious time and memories with his children and grandchildren.

Lester is survived by his children, Brenda Simpson of Potsdam, Timothy and Roxanne Snyder of Potsdam, Gerald and Cindy Snyder of Aurora, Colorado, Sherry Schmidt of Potsdam, Kathy Colton of Potsdam, Randall and Marcia Snyder of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and Philip and Tammy Snyder of Potsdam; his grandchildren, Chandra, Zachary, Ronnie, Jamie Jo, Jessica, Sarah, Perry, Charles, Lucas, Caleb, Amelia, Eliana, Jasmine, Kelsey, Trista, Crystal, Matthew, and Justin; 28 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; and his nephews, Roger and Greg Snyder and Ronnie Keyes.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Roland and Lyndon; his sister, Emily Butterfield; and two half-brothers, Marvel and Bernard Eseltine.

Due to the current health restrictions, services will be held privately under the care of the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam with burial in Crary Mills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial donations to the United Helpers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund at Maplewood.

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    Crary Mills Cemetery
    County Route 35
    Crary Mills, NY
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    Pastor Duane "Bud" Leach
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    Crary Mills Cemetery
    County Route 35
    Crary Mills, NY
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Terri Mcgee-Farkas

Posted at 06:27pm
Brenda I’m so sorry in the loss of your father and Chandra in the loss of your grandfather-he was a wonderful man -my favorite memory was Lester teaching my twin sister and I how to make maple syrup He was a kind man and had a great sense of humor-you are all in my thoughts and prayers -he’s at peace now with Martha -God bless you all
Love Terri🙏🏼❤️

Posted at 08:44pm
Sherry and family i am sorry for your loss Lester must be smiling with pride for all the hard work you do. Nobody cares for our residents like you. You are a real class act. Keep making him proud.. Peggy Mitchell

Gwen Richards

Posted at 12:53pm
We are very saddened by the passing of Uncle Lester. We have very fond, loving memories of him that we will cherish always. We are thinking of all of you at this very difficult time and praying your beautiful memories of him can give all of you some peace and comfort. I'm sure he's kicking up his heels and having fun with Aunt Martha. Love and hugs- Roger, Gwen and Family.

Betty White LaBar

Posted at 12:00pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time,I knew your mom and Dad years ago just loss track of all the people I grew up with.may you Rest In Peace Lester

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