Horace Vincent Snyder

Snyder, Horace Vincent

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.”

Philippians 3:20-21 NIV

Horace, age 90, went to be with his Lord Jesus January 21, 2006 at Glengarry Nursing Home, Victoria BC where for 3 years he was cared for by a very compassionate, encouraging and devoted staff.

Horace led a very active, vital life. Born on July 6, 1915 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he had one older brother Reginald (deceased) and one younger sister (Perciss [Gerry], Toronto). Horace grew up in Waterloo, then London, Ontario. Finishing secondary education and a Special Commercial course, he later studied Hospital Organization and Management. Horace married Alice Mitchell (deceased 1992) in 1939 in Sudbury, Ontario moving to BC in 1969. They had 2 children, Doug who lives on Thetis Island, BC with his wife Anne, and Cathy who lives in Parksville, BC with her husband Ray Vallee. He had 7 grandchildren ….. Kathy (Simon Nodder) in Leyland, England, Laurie (Andy Thomas) in Capernwray, England and Erik Snyder (Sarah) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ….. and Janet (Maple Ridge BC), Heather, Karin and Terry Vallee (all in Parksville BC). He also had 4 great grandchildren in England: Joshua, Zachary, Kaitlin, and Brianna Thomas.

He was the head of a family that will miss him immensely but carry with them not only the life he gave them, but many memories of his wisdom, fun, jokes, teasing, and his active encouragement in their Christian walk. His sister, Gerry knows him as a loving brother who shared the same enjoyment of music as she does. His many friends in BC, Ontario and around the world will remember him as a friend who supported them, loved life, shared generously and always had an encouraging word.

In Sudbury he was Director, St. John’s Ambulance; President, Victoria Order of Nurses; Director, Rotary Club; and a member of Kinsmen and the YMCA Men’s Club; – in Victoria – Director, James Bay Multi-Level Care Society, Board Chairman of First United Church, and currently a member of Pipeline Church. Being active, he enjoyed softball, tennis, cricket, curling and lawn bowling (both with Victoria Lawn Bowling Club and Greater Victoria Indoor Lawn Bowling Club). As an avid musician he played the clarinet and piano in many settings, most recently as pianist with the Amigos Dance Band in Victoria. His work included Office Manager with Swift Canadian in Northern Ontario, Corporal in the RCAF, Chief Accountant with Sudbury General Hospital, Administrator of Sudbury Memorial Hospital, and 11 years as a Consultant in Hospital Administration with the BC Government covering 30 hospitals in Lower Mainland and Southern Interior. He retired in 1980.

A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, Victoria, BC, at 2:00pm Monday, January 30th, 2006. Sometime this year, there will be an interment at Parklawn Cemetery in Sudbury Ontario beside his wife Alice.

No flowers please. Memorial gifts can be sent to ALS Society Victoria, 1007 Bramfield Place, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1A4 … (250) 652-8576.