Don Snyder

We are sad to report that Don Snyder ended his earthly journey Feb. 1, 2022, at the age of 95.
Don had a long and full life. Raised on the family farm near Waterloo Ontario, he served with the Air Force at the end of WW2, training as a tail gunner. His next chapters included working jobs from shipping to seismic. He found the first love of his life, Dorothy, and they married and had three daughters. Don earned his Bachelors in social work, and enjoyed helping at- risk kids. From there, he moved on to his education degree, working as a truant officer before moving to a teaching position.

Always a teacher, he was also a farmer. He and Dorothy bought a farm near Holden Alberta, and that’s where he spent a great deal of time after Dorothy’s early death.
He later met the second love of his life, Twyllia Long, and they enjoyed many years together at his farm or hers. He once remarked, “There are many colours of love, some deeper than others, and I have been lucky to have more than one love in my life”.

A voracious reader, a lifelong learner, a truly wonderful man. We will miss our Dad, Uncle, Brother, Grandfather, Great- Grandfather, teacher and colleague.
Don was predeceased by his wife Dorothy, his longtime companion Twyllia Long, and his brother Austin.

He is survived by his sister Joan, brother Jim, daughters Betty Ann (Ernie), Jean (Gary) and Carol (Howard), as well as many grandchildren and great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and quite a few grands there as well.

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  1. My deepest sympathy Betty Ann, Jean, Carol and family. Uncle Don had a profound impact on all of our lives and his memory will remain with me always.

  2. On behalf of Twyllia’s family, Our sincerest heart-filled condolences.
    Don danced into our lives with his happy smile and a sack of Potatoes.
    As the song says; You Can’t Make Old Friends.
    We will be forever grateful to say,
    Don Snyder Is an Old Friend of Our’s.

  3. Recalling Uncle Don’s stories during his visit back to his childhood home in Winterbourne, we sat beside the basement fireplace and travelled back in time to the family farmstead. Wonderful summer memories of visiting Don and Twyllia’s farm, he gave hair-raising rides to the kids on his ATV and never said no to a Saskatoon berry crumble. Love from Snyder farm.

  4. I do have fond memories of helping grandpa Don on the farm as a kid in the summers. I’ll hold on to those memories. Lots of love

  5. Betty Ann, Jean, Carol and families. My sincere condolences. I have many wonderful memories of Don and his antics with brother Aust. We shared many laughs together during our visits. Thinking of all of you at this time.

  6. Joan Snyder milne

    Don is in my heart forever! Growing up he was always worried about Joannie! I will never forget saying goodbye when he left for overseas in world war 2! My deepest sympathy to Betty Ann, Jean, Carol and your families. He was a brave, determined, loving father, husband, son , brother, brother in law, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, teacher, and friend. He has earned his rest. Love you forever Don!

  7. Condolences to everyone whom Don ever smiled upon and felt the warmth of his embrace be it a hug or his hand.
    God bless Don and his children. He will be forever missed and remembered.
    What was the story, that while flying, Don dropped his watch out the bomb-bay door, but later that day he managed to catch it?
    Love you Uncle Don, from all of us.

  8. Condolences to everyone Don was great neighbour

  9. Grandpa Don was dearly loved and will be missed. He always had some good advice or a story to share, and a wicked sense of humour. Love you Grandpa, your memory will stay close in my heart.

  10. Wendy Weiss (Uberig)

    To the family, my heartfelt condolences. My memories of cousin Don are he and my Mom teasing each other, lovingly. He was a quick wit, an awesome storyteller and a kind and caring man. May he rest in peace.

  11. Melodie McArdle

    God bless him in his journey forward! Angels will be waiting to greet him! At these times we must focus on the great life he had, the great kids he fathered, and the good times!
    Much love and thoughts are with you and your siblings! May you all have peace in his passing.

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