Northwestern Press

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gordon T. Snyder

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1948 graduate of Lehighton High School

Gordon T. (Tom) Snyder, 87, of Lancaster, formerly of Lehighton, died July 5, 2018, in Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster.

He and his wife Emma E. (Wertman) Snyder shared 62 years of marriage.

Born Nov. 13, 1930, in Andreas, he was the son of the late Guy H. and Margaret U. (Kemmerer) Snyder.

A 1948 graduate of Lehighton High School, he worked in the telephone industry for 33 years.

He was certified in fleet management by the Wharton School, Philadelphia, and later retired from Contel (Continental Telephone Company) in 1991.

He was a charter member of the Mahoning Valley Fire Department, National Association of Fleet Administrators, the Lehigh Consistory Scottish Rite, and was a 60-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 621, Lehighton.

Additionally, he served as a deacon of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mahoning Valley, and an elder of Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, before becoming a member of Ben Salem UCC Church, Lehighton.

He loved music and played trombone in the Ben Salem Band.

He was known to family and friends as Tom.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a son Bruce G. (Melanie) Snyder of Lancaster; daughter Ann, wife of Dr. Mark Pavilack, of Virginia Beach; grandchildren Eric and his wife, Christina, Hannah, Catherine, Sarah and Jon; great-grandson Weston David; brothers Willard A. (Lucille) Snyder of New Tripoli, and Luther D. (Lynn) Snyder of Jim Thorpe; sisters Phyllis S., wife of Rev. Wilbur Albright, of Macungie and Grace M., wife of Dale F. Snyder, of Walnutport.

He was predeceased by siblings, Hilbert G. Snyder and Marie E. Heim.

Donations in his name are requested to be sent to Ben Salem UCC, 1965 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, PA. 18235 and/or Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA. 17604.

Visit nesterfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.

Arrangements made by Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli.