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David J. Snyder

March 2, 2024

David Snyder Obituary

David Joel Snyder, known affectionately as David and "Big Dave" to his family and friends, passed away peacefully from natural causes on March 2, 2024, in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Born on November 20, 1954, in Reading, PA, David’s 69 years of life were marked by his dedication to family, his passion for the outdoors, and his respected career as an engineer.

David was a proud graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, where he first discovered his aptitude for mechanics and problem-solving. This laid the foundation for a successful career in engineering, a field where he was not only known for his skillful expertise but also his willingness to mentor and support his colleagues. His work was more than a job; it was a lifelong pursuit that reflected his commitment to excellence and innovation.

Outside of his professional life, David was an avid outdoorsman. He found solace and joy in fishing and hunting, pursuits that allowed him to embrace the beauty of nature and the simple pleasures of life. David was also a talented cook, a hobby that brought him as much contentment as it did to those who had the privilege of enjoying his culinary creations. Moreover, David was a sports enthusiast, both as a spectator and participant. He cherished the camaraderie and competition found in playing sports, as well as the community he found in watching them.

Above all, David was a family man. He is survived by his loving wife, Milena Stancheva, with whom he shared a loving and devoted partnership. His legacy continues through his son, Andrew Snyder, and his daughter, Meredith McCauley, who both inherited their father’s strength of character and kind-hearted nature. David also held a special place in his heart for his stepdaughter, Blagovesta Stancheva, whom he loved as his own. His sister, Cherlane Cotton, will fondly remember him as a protective and caring brother who was always there for her. He is also survived by his former wife, Dori Snyder, the mother of his children, and his son-in-law, Michael McCauley.

David's role as a grandfather to Anna and Ella McCauley was one he cherished with all his heart. He took great pride in their accomplishments and endeavored to impart to them the same values of hard work and integrity that he embodied. The moments spent with his granddaughters were some of the most joyful and fulfilling of his life.

David's presence was a beacon of stability and love for his family and friends. His infectious laughter, warm smile, and the unwavering support he provided will be deeply missed by all who had the fortune to know him. His passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his spirit will live on in the countless memories he created with those he loved.

The Snyder family takes comfort in knowing that David’s life was lived to the fullest, surrounded by friends, family, and the natural world he so admired. His was a life well-lived, and his influence will continue to be felt for generations to come. David Joel Snyder will be remembered not just for the life he led, but for the lives he touched and the love he shared. His was a life truly worthy of celebration.

David took significant pride and pleasure in taking friends and family fishing. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the GoFundMe page to support the Mohnton Fish and Game Trout Fund and Adamstown Kids' Fishing Rodeo. 

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A private service will be held for the family.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date for friends.

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