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George Snyder

June 7, 1944 November 16, 2018
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George "G" Snyder, 74, a longtime Staatsburg resident and Hyde Park Schools teacher, passed away November 16, 2018, at his new home in Avon, CT. Throughout his nine-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease, he never lost his quirky wit, creativity and immense love for his family. Born in Edmeston, NY, on June 7, 1944, George was the son of George and Frances (Nutt) Snyder. On August 6, 1966, he married Carol Ann Varone in Saugerties, NY, and their love endured even after her too-early death on September 4, 2007.He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Knox Beckius, and her husband, Bruce, of Avon, CT; a son, Michael Snyder, and his wife, Jessica, of Poughkeepsie; grandchildren Lara Luna Beckius, Myla Carol Snyder and Deni Lee Snyder; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Neale McClintock, Nadine and Dick Lawson, Doreen and Leo Jakubowski; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Sandy Snyder and Ronald and Irene Snyder; and also many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his wife and parents; a brother, Richard "Dick" Snyder; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Varone.A 1966 SUNY Cortland graduate, George taught physical education to generations of children and also worked part-time at Western Publishing, Camp Rising Sun, Camp WA WA Segowea and the Dutchess County Fair to support his family. He and Carol, who was the Staatsburg Library's director for 14 years, retired in 1999 and took memorable trips cross-country and to the Caribbean and Europe.When Parkinson's limited his ability to travel and pursue active passions like golf, George took up photography, writing poetry and short fiction, sculpting with natural materials and painting abstracts on slate. His art was awarded ribbons at the Dutchess County Fair and exhibited at Artists' Collective of Hyde Park and the 2018 "Art of Experience" show in Southbury, CT.Days before his death, George answered the question, "What would you still like to do in your life?" with one word: "Everything."George's family is grateful to caregivers at Brookside and River Ridge in Avon, CT, who treated "G" like family and made sure he had liverwurst.To find meaning in his sudden death, his family took quick action to donate the funny, clever brain they loved to the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville for diagnostic and scientific research related to Parkinson's Disease.There are no calling hours.In keeping with George's wishes, his cremated remains will be inurned, entwined with Carol's at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, in the Chapel at the Community Mausoleum at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, and all who knew George are invited to join his family as they celebrate his life, love and humor.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026 (, which assisted in the donation process or the Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580.Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet's Funeral Home, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit

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