William Henry Snyder



Celebration of Life Service

Friday, October 28, 2022|Calling Hours:10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m

|Service 11:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.|

Robinson Nature Center|6692 Cedar Lane | Columbia, MD 21044

Lunch will follow the service until 1:30 p.m.


William Henry Snyder, DOD: 10/19/2022

Bill discovered his love of sailing as a young boy with the Sea Scouts in his hometown of West Reading, Pa. On October 19, 2022, he slipped away peacefully after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.


A lifelong learner, Bill happily met and greeted many (there were no strangers!) throughout his 73 years to swap stories and life experiences. He pursued many passions: sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, boating every summer on Keuka Lake, NY,(“a truly magical place”), fishing, woodworking, pottery and cooking.


Family and friends were important to Bill. He was endeared by so many: his wife, Rita, daughter Katie and son in law, Caleb Freitas, son Will, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, great niece and nephews, cousins, colleagues and longtime friends. He loved annual family Harrisonburg, VA, campouts and regular get togethers with Rochester, NY, family and friends.


A proud veteran of the US Navy, Bill completed his education with his MBA from James Madison University. Bill’s career spanned work as a Chief Financial Officer for several nonprofit organizations. His professional contributions to the American Society for Microbiology and for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill were especially meaningful to him.


Bill is predeceased by his dear brother, Chuck, and his parents, Kenneth and Geraldine Snyder.


Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bill’s life on Friday, October 28, at the Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Maryland. Calling hours are 10-11 am, celebration service 11-12 noon, with lunch following to 1:30. There will be an opportunity during the celebration for anyone who wishes to share a memory about Bill. If desired, contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland.