Donald Edward Snyder finished his earthly course on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at the age of 71. He died peacefully in the hospital surrounded by family and friends.
He was born in Trenton, NJ on June 14, 1945 to the late Emanuel Snyder and Enda Carroll Lee Snyder. Don’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Jewel Ann Wickline Snyder, sister Dorothy Spencer, nephew Jason Spencer and wife Keila, and six cousins.
After graduating from high school he went on to the University of Virginia and obtained a Master’s Degree in History. Then, Don worked for the Porsche factory in France and the U.S. He attended 15 factory schools. He specialized in German cars which led to Don owning and running his own business “Don’s German Werks”.
Don raced Formula Vee and Super Vee cars, always winning in the top 10 and 3 first place finishes. Don sold the race car to buy a NACRA 18 square meter Beach Cat to race in the Low Rent Regatta at Chics Beach. He attended sailing school, and bought at 32’ Beneteau sail boat. He joined the Hampton Roads Fleet 30, Broad Bay Sailing Association and Hampton Yacht Club to cruise the Chesapeake Bay.
Don learned from his dad how to shoot and reload ammo, which was his winter hobby. He enjoyed good food, and took some cooking classes. Don could cook better than any restaurant.
A memorial service will be held at the Knights of Columbus at 5201 Kennebeck Ave. Norfolk, VA 23518 on Sunday May 21st at 1:30 pm.